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World leader Boling won’t run 200m at SEC Indoor Championships

Matthew Boling will not race in the 200m at the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships this weekend and will only compete in the long jump and 60m dash. The Georgia junior leads the world in the 200m and heads the NCAA rankings in the long jump.

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Matthew Boling of Georgia in action.

World leader Matthew Boling will not race in the men’s 200 meters at the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus and will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26.

Boling, who leads the world list this season in the 200m, would have been expected to start as the favorite to win the event this weekend, but coach Caryl Gilbert Smith has decided to lighten his schedule with only two individual events at the championships.

READ MORE: Day 1 Start lists: 2022 SEC indoor track and field championships

The junior star is slated to compete in the men’s long jump and the 60m sprint. Boling will feature first on day one in the long jump, starting at 6:15 p.m. ET before stepping into the blocks at 7:06 p.m. for the heats of the 60m.

He leads the 2022 world list in the 200m with a time of 20.27 seconds, set at the Razorback Invitational at the end of January.

Boling is currently the national leader in the long jump with a personal best of 8.25m (27-0¾) achieved earlier this season at the Clemson Invitational. On Friday, the Georgia standout, who is only ranked behind Swiss jumper Simon Ehammer (8.26m) on the world list for 2022, will start in the second flight of the event at the conference championship.

READ MORE: Matthew Boling opened the season with an 8.25m long jump attempt at Clemson Invitational

He is set to face off with silver medalist from last year and the conference outdoor champion, Carey McLeod of his Tennessee and Jamaican Wayne Pinnock who are ranked No. 3 and No. 5 in the NCAA this season.

Boling will be aiming to become the first Georgia athlete, since Lester Benjamin in1985, to win an SEC Indoor Championships men’s long jump title.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com.

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