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1991 World Championships in Athletics Tokyo, Japan

1991 3rd IAAF World Championships - Tokyo - Men's 110m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Tokyo. Japan Format: First round (First 3 and 1 fastest to second round) (Aug 27)
Dates: August 23 – September 1 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 27)
Nations participating: 167
Athletes participating: 1517
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   tokyo olympic stadium04 
Foster became the first athlete to win three consecutive world titles. but he cut it very fine. Foster started well and held a narrow lead during the second half of the race. but a tremendous run-in by Pierce – fourth in Rome – brought him level with his older team-mate. The two men embraced after the finish. not knowing which one had taken gold even after watching the slow-motion replay on the scoreboard. Foster was eventually named as the winner. Jarrett’s bronze was some consolation for Britain. who lost Rome bronze medallist Jackson through injury after the first round. “As far as I’m concerned. we finished in a dead heat and we’re both gold medallists.” said the winner. “I would have been just as happy with second.”
 These are the official results of the Men's 110 metres Hurdles event at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There were a total number of 38 participating athletes, with two semi-finals and five qualifying heats and the final held on Thursday August 29, 1991.

Summary

All the eyes were on 33 year old Greg Foster, who was, as yet, undefeated in World Championship finals. Foster had lane 4 in the center of the track. Missing was the reigning double Olympic Champion and world record holder Roger Kingdom out with an ACL surgery. Next to Foster in lane 5 was the leading qualifier from the semis was Tony Jarrett, who had just edged Foster in that semi. The other semi was significantly slower, won by Jack Pierce.

Before the gun went off, Foster was already running--a false start, common and legal in this era. When the starter raised the gun again, Foster had a strike against him, meaning he could be disqualified for a second offense. Ostensibly that should make Foster more cautious. The next start was legal, Mark McKoy got a good start and had a clear lead over the first hurdle, with Foster just inches ahead of the wall of competitors almost a full stride behind. Over the next two hurdles, Foster made up most of the gap. Challenged to his right, McKoy began to struggle, Foster taking a clear lead. Behind them, Pierce was separating from the group in third place. By the sixth hurdle, Pierce caught McKoy and had the momentum chasing Foster. The next chaser was Jarrett, who caught McKoy over the eighth hurdle. Pierce was gaining on Foster but was still half a metre behind over the last hurdle. In the run in to the finish line, that half metre disappeared, the two hit the finish line together with Pierce clearly ahead just inches past the finish line. Jarrett continued on to take bronze almost .2 of a second behind the leaders.

With new technology, Japanese officials were able to display the finish picture quickly after the race, still looking like a tie. Three minutes later, Foster was announced as the winner, now for the third time in a row.

 
  110m Hurdles 29 August 0.7
  Final
1 Greg Foster USA 4 Aug 58 13.06
2 Jack Pierce USA 23 Sep 62 13.06
3 Tony Jarrett GBR 13 Aug 68 13.25
4 Mark McKoy CAN 10 Dec 61 13.30
5 Dan Philibert FRA 6 Aug 70 13.33
6 Vladimir Shishkin URS 16 Jun 64 13.39
7 Florian Schwarthoff GER 7 May 68 13.41
8 Li Tong CHN 6 May 67 13.46
  Semifinals 27 August
  Heat 1 -1.1
1 Jack Pierce USA 13.36
2 Florian Schwarthoff GER 13.41
3 Tong Li CHN 13.50
4 Vladimir Shishkin URS 13.52
5 Alexis Sanchez CUB 13.81
6 Igor Kovac TCH 13.89
7 Thomas J. Kearns IRL 14.02
- Colin Jackson GBR DNS
  Heat 2 0.2
1 Tony Jarrett GBR 13.23
2 Greg Foster USA 13.23
3 Mark McKoy CAN 13.28
4 Dan Philibert FRA 13.38
5 Igors Kazanovs URS 13.65
6 David Nelson GBR 13.67
7 Liviu Giurgian ROM 13.82
8 Jiri Hudec TCH 13.95
  Heats 27 August
  Heat 1 0.9
1 Thomas J. Kearns IRL 13.71
2 Jiri Hudec TCH 13.72
3 Liviu Giurgian ROM 13.84
4 Sebastien Thibault FRA 13.92
5 Loi Nguyen Van VIE 14.74
- Ruhan Isim TUR DNF
- Tomasz Nagorka POL DNF
- Renaldo Nehemiah USA DNS
  Heat 2 2.2
1 Greg Foster USA 13.32
2 Dan Philibert FRA 13.34
3 Igors Kazanovs URS 13.70
3 Igor Kovac TCH 13.70
5 Joilto Bonfim BRA 13.72
6 Mike Fenner GER 13.78
7 Antti Haapakoski FIN 13.88
  Heat 3 2.7
1 Tong Li CHN 13.34
2 Tony Jarrett GBR 13.40
3 Alexis Sanchez CUB 13.58
4 Dietmar Koszewski GER 13.67
5 Mircea Oaida ROM 13.68
6 Gennadiy Dakshevich URS 13.69
7 Georgi P. Georgiev BUL 14.19
8 Judex Lefou MRI 14.26
  Heat 4 1.8
1 Jack Pierce USA 13.23
2 Mark McKoy CAN 13.39
3 David Nelson GBR 13.42
4 Piotr Wojcik POL 13.47
5 Herwig Rottl AUT 13.66
6 John Caliguri AUS 13.77
7 Zeiad Al-Kheder KUW 14.48
- Rashid Shabani Al Abdulla QAT DNF
  Heat 5 1.5
1 Colin Jackson GBR 13.25
2 Florian Schwarthoff GER 13.39
3 Vladimir Shishkin URS 13.51
4 Toshihiko Iwasaki JPN 13.58
5 Kai Kyllonen FIN 13.60
6 Carlos Sala ESP 13.73
7 Elvis Cedeno VEN 13.85

Heat 1 27 AUG 1991 10:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Jirí Hudec TCH TCH 13.48  
2 Sébastien Thibault FRA FRA    
3 Thomas J. Kearns IRL IRL 14.02  
4 Nguyen Van Loi VIE VIE 14.72  
5 Ruhan Isim TUR TUR 14.05 14.05
6 Tomasz Nagorka POL POL 13.35  
7 Liviu Giurgian ROU ROU 13.98  
8 Renaldo Nehemiah USA USA 12.93  

Heat 2 27 AUG 1991 10:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Dan Philibert FRA FRA 13.66  
2 Igors Kazanovs URS URS 13.48  
3 Antti Haapakoski FIN FIN 13.65  
4 Joilto Bonfim BRA BRA    
5 Igor Kovác TCH TCH 14.12  
6 Greg Foster USA USA 13.03 13.06
7 Mike Fenner GER GER 14.18  

Heat 3 27 AUG 1991 10:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Tong Li CHN CHN    
2 Judex Lefou MRI MRI 14.35  
3 Alexis Sánchez CUB CUB 13.75  
4 Dietmar Koszewski GER GER    
5 Tony Jarrett GBR GBR 13.13 13.13
6 Gennadiy Dakshevich URS URS    
7 Georgi P. Georgiev BUL BUL    
8 Mircea Oaida ROU ROU 13.96  

Heat 4 27 AUG 1991 10:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Piotr Wojcik POL POL    
2 David Nelson GBR GBR    
3 Jack Pierce USA USA 13.41  
4 Zeiad Al-Kheder KUW KUW 14.30  
5 Herwig Röttl AUT AUT    
6 John Caliguri AUS AUS    
7 Mark McKoy CAN CAN 13.42  
8 Rashid Shabani Al Abdulla QAT QAT    

Heat 5 27 AUG 1991 10:00 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Florian Schwarthoff GER GER 13.37 13.38
2 Vladimir Shishkin URS URS 13.21  
3 Toshihiko Iwasaki JPN JPN    
4 Carlos Sala ESP ESP 13.44  
5 Colin Jackson GBR GBR 13.08 13.09
6 Elvis Cedeño VEN VEN 13.62  
7 Kai Kyllönen FIN FIN
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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