Representing Colombia, former Liberty University All-American Alejandro Perlaza Zapata wrapped up his second Summer Olympics appearance on Friday, August 6 at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo.
During the event, he placed 36th in the men’s 400 and helped his team come in 13th in the 4 x 400 relay.
Zapata began his week by racing in the men’s 400 prelims on Sunday (Tokyo time). He clocked a time of 46.55 to place sixth in his heat and 36th overall.
On Friday, Zapata led off for the Colombia men’s 4 x 400 relay squad. They recorded a season-best time of 3:03.20 to come in eighth in their section and 13th overall in the event. Zapata was followed on the relay squad by Diego Palomeque, Raul Hernan Mena Pedroza and Jhon Alexander Solis.
Zapata previously ran on Colombia’s men’s 4 x 400 relay squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Zapata was highly successful during his two seasons at Liberty (2018 and 2019). He earned a pair of All-America honors, placing sixth in the 400 at the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and fifth in the 400 at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Zapata owns five school records, headlined by his 44.86 clocking in the 400 from the 2018 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That performance, which set a Colombia national record at the time, still ranks as the best of the 26-year-old’s career.