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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's 400m

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 3 & 3 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 23)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 24)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
The favourite was Washington, silver medallist in 1997 and unbeaten so far in 2003. He won the second of three semi-finals, the other victors being Raquil and Young. Those three drew lanes 4-5-6 in the final in which Washington had a slight lead at halfway. Young then pulled away to gain a clear lead by 300m, while Raquil was a clear last. At this point Harrison was third so the US looked set to win all three medals. Washington gained slightly on Young while Blackwood passed Harrison. Then to the delight of the home crowd, Raquil ate up the ground between him and the others. Running the last 100m in 11.7 compared with 12.4 by Young, the gangling Frenchman tore through the pack, catching and dipping past Blackwood with his final stride to break the French record. “I tried to stay with them,” explained Raquil, “but I always have the same problem in the bend. My concentration goes and I lose the plot. I had to throw everything into the finishing straight.” DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS MEN’S 400m 107 Unfortunately, Young’s time in Paris won’t be remembered for this win. During the championships, reports emerged identifying him as an athlete who had committed a serious doping violation in 1999 without incurring any penalty. In summer 2004, the Court of Arbitration for Sport declared that Young should have served a two-year ban from June 1999 to June 2001, meaning that he was stripped of his fourth place in Seville 1999 and his 2000 Olympic relay gold.
 A further violation at the 2004 Paris Golden League resulted in a life ban, but he rentained his 2003 world gold ... until further revelations in 2009 resulted in the IAAF cancelling all of Young’s results since the start of 1999, 2003 included. In the meantime, the Paris results were twisted further when in 2004 it was confirmed that Harrison (originally sixth) had also failed a doping control test in June 2003 and should therefore have had two years of results annulled from that date. Two men who were eliminated after having cracked 45 seconds in the semi-finals (Al-Bishi and Kikaya) were thus cheated out of a place in the final by the American pair.

These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 51 participating athletes, with seven qualifying heats, three semi-finals and the final held on Tuesday 26 August 2003 at 21:50h.

The gold medal was originally won by Jerome Young of the United States in 44.50, but he was later disqualified for doping, together with his teammate Calvin Harrison who finished sixth.

 
  400m 26 August
  Final

Event Report Men 400m Final

In many quarters, the men's 400m was billed as a match up between the Americans and the French. With the form and the pedigree on the Americans' side it looked like it would be a one-sided affair.
 
The start was even, with Tyree WASHINGTON (USA), then Calvin HARRISON (USA) making moves down the back straight.
 
Around the bend, American Jerome YOUNG, out in lane six, made the biggest move. As they entered the final straight the three Americans were clear, with Young first passing Harrison, then Washington and running strongly for home.
 
Behind him it was a story of tiring Americans and a rapidly approaching Frenchmen. Harrison paid for an ambitious first 300m, wilting as he struggled down the stretch.

At the same time, French hopeful Marc RAQUIL was gaining fast on those ahead of him, having run very conservatively in the opening stages.
 
Young crossed the line to take the title in a time of 44.50s. Having had two placings just outside the medals (fifth 1997, fourth 1999) and relay success, this was his first individual title.
 
Washington, a bronze medallist way back in Athens in 1997, did just enough to ensure the silver and a USA one, two.

The minor placings were a blur, with Raquil in the thick of the mix. He clocked 44.79 to Washington's 44.77. This sliced .01 off his national record.
 
Confirmation of Raquil's medal winning effort drew an earth rumbling roar from the Parisien crowd.
 
Jamaican Michael BLACKWOOD who held his form down the straight was only one hundredth away in fourth.
 
The second Frenchman Leslie DJHONE also produced a lifetime best (44.83) and was only a breath away from the medals.
 
Harrison was struggling to the line in sixth, 44.96. African champion Eric MILAZAR (MRI) was seventh home in 45.17, with Alleyne FRANCIQUE (GRN) eighth, 45.48.
 
The American-French rivalry is sure to be reignited in Sunday's 4x400m relay.

2 Tyree Washington USA 28 Aug 76 44.77
3 Marc Raquil FRA 2 Apr 77 44.79
4 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 44.80
5 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 44.83
6 Éric Milazar MRI 1 Jun 75 45.17
7 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 45.48
Jerome Young USA 14 Aug 76 DQ 32.2.a 44.50
Calvin Harrison USA 20 Jan 74 DQ 32.2.a
  Semifinals 24 August
 
  Heat 1
2 Éric Milazar MRI 1 Jun 75 44.75
3 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 44.81
4 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA 5 May 81 44.99
5 Cédric Van Branteghem BEL 13 Mar 79 45.27
6 Carlos Santa DOM 7 Jan 78 45.43
7 Anderson Jorge dos Santos BRA 23 Apr 72 45.94
Jerome Young USA 14 Aug 76 DQ 32.2.a 44.70
Calvin Harrison USA 20 Jan 74 DQ 32.2.a
  Heat 2
1 Tyree Washington USA 28 Aug 76 44.60
2 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 45.03
3 Daniel Caines GBR 15 May 79 45.29
4 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 45.29
5 Sofiane Labidi TUN 29 Sep 77 45.56
6 Avard Moncur BAH 2 Nov 78 45.65
7 Ingo Schultz GER 26 Jul 75 46.02
8 Fawzi Dahash Al-Shammari KUW 13 Feb 79 46.52
  Heat 3
1 Marc Raquil FRA 2 Apr 77 44.88
2 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 44.98
3 Gary Kikaya COD 4 Feb 80 44.99
4 Yeimer López CUB 20 Aug 82 45.11
5 Brandon Simpson JAM 6 Sep 81 45.18
6 Clinton Hill AUS 19 Apr 80 45.35
7 Shane Niemi CAN 2 Jun 78 45.60
8 David Canal ESP 7 Dec 78 45.63
  Heats 23 August

Men 400 metres 1st round Heats

Underlining their position as favourites for the 4x400 relay, American 400m trio Tyree Washington, Jerome Young and Calvin Harrison won their heats in the first round this afternoon.

Harrison and Yopung cruised to comfortable victories, while world leader Washington led in a tight finish for the minor places. In what was the toughest heat, Daniel Caines (GBR) was second, Leslie Djone (FRA) third, with European champion Ingo Schultz (GER) relegated to fourth. He progresses to the next round as one of the non-automatic qualifiers.

World Cup winner Michael Blackwood (JAM) recorded the fastest time of the day in the first heat with 45.13, leading in Eric Milazar (MRI) 45.15. Reigning champion Avard Moncur (BAH) was third across the line in 45.40.

Heat five provided some thrills for the vocal Parisian crowd, with Marc Raquil (FRA) displaying a barnstorming finish to take the race.

Other heats went to Gary Kikaya (COD) and Christopher Brown (BAH).

  Heat 1
1 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 45.13
2 Éric Milazar MRI 1 Jun 75 45.15
3 Avard Moncur BAH 2 Nov 78 45.40
4 Anderson Jorge dos Santos BRA 23 Apr 72 45.62
5 Marcus la Grange RSA 12 Dec 77 45.68
6 Victor Kibet KEN 26 Jun 80 46.15
7 Youba Ould Mohamed MTN 76 49.60
Jeffrey Bai PNG 31 Oct 79 DQ
  Heat 2
1 Yeimer López CUB 20 Aug 82 45.62
2 Sofiane Labidi TUN 29 Sep 77 46.07
3 Vincent Mumo KEN 3 Aug 82 46.09
4 Zsolt Szeglet HUN 4 May 77 46.14
5 Daniel Batman AUS 20 Mar 81 46.22
6 Paul McKee IRL 15 Nov 77 46.43
Calvin Harrison USA 20 Jan 74 DQ 32.2.a
  Heat 3
1 Gary Kikaya COD 4 Feb 80 45.45
2 Cédric Van Branteghem BEL 13 Mar 79 45.69
3 Carlos Santa DOM 7 Jan 78 45.89
4 Ezra Sambu KEN 4 Sep 78 46.01
5 Ioan Vieru ROU 4 Jan 79 46.61
6 Chris Lloyd DMA 10 Oct 80 46.74
7 Ali Babiker Nagmeldin SUD 22 Feb 86 46.78
  Heat 4
1 Tyree Washington USA 28 Aug 76 45.30
2 Daniel Caines GBR 15 May 79 45.35
3 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 45.48
4 Ingo Schultz GER 26 Jul 75 45.55
5 Andrea Barberi ITA 15 Jan 79 45.87
6 California Molefe BOT 12 Mar 80 46.12
7 Malik Louahla ALG 19 Dec 77 46.22
  Heat 5
1 Marc Raquil FRA 2 Apr 77 45.49
2 Brandon Simpson JAM 6 Sep 81 45.60
3 Shane Niemi CAN 2 Jun 78 45.83
4 Anton Galkin-Samitov RUS 20 Feb 79 45.89
5 R.A. Sugath Thilakaratne SRI 30 Jul 73 46.09
6 Jun Osakada JPN 2 Apr 74 46.51
7 Danilson Ricciulli GBS 17 Aug 82 48.74
Kelsey Nakanelua ASA 22 Dec 66 DNF
  Heat 6
2 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA 5 May 81 45.42
3 David Canal ESP 7 Dec 78 45.86
4 Paul Gorries RSA 28 Feb 81 45.98
5 Stilianós Dimótsios GRE 13 Nov 74 46.48
6 Mitsuhiro Sato JPN 8 Jan 80 46.53
Bothwell Machilulu ZAM 2 Jun 72 DQ
Jerome Young USA 14 Aug 76 DQ 32.2.a 45.28
  Heat 7
1 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 45.35
2 Fawzi Dahash Al-Shammari KUW 13 Feb 79 45.41
3 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 45.62
4 Clinton Hill AUS 19 Apr 80 45.64
5 Jimisola Laursen SWE 13 Jul 77 45.87
6 Davian Clarke JAM 30 Apr 76 46.26
7 Kenmore Hughes ANT 6 Jul 70 48.36
8 Chao Un Kei MAC 12 Dec 82 50.11

Heat 1 23 AUG 2003 16:35

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 80 Avard Moncur BAH BAH 44.45 45.00
2 1144 Marcus La Grange RSA RSA 44.65 45.29
3 962 Eric Milazar MRI MRI 44.69 45.18
4 1078 Geoffrey Bai PNG PNG 47.15 47.20
5 968 Yoube Ould H'meïde MTN MTN 47.87  
6 173 Anderson Jorge dos Santos BRA BRA 45.39 45.69
7 804 Victor Kibet KEN KEN 45.50 45.50
8 726 Michael Blackwood JAM JAM 44.60 44.74

Heat 2 23 AUG 2003 16:41

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 1400 Calvin Harrison USA USA 44.64 45.02
3 645 Zsolt Szeglet HUN HUN 45.43 45.49
4 805 Vincent Mumo Kiilu KEN KEN 45.32 45.32
5 1341 Sofiane Labidi TUN TUN 45.26 45.71
6 306 Yeimer López CUB CUB 45.13 45.13
7 664 Paul McKee IRL IRL 45.58 45.95
8 50 Daniel Batman AUS AUS 45.02 45.02

Heat 3 23 AUG 2003 16:47

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 1128 Ioan Lucian Vieru ROU ROU 45.77 45.77
3 1260 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr SUD SUD 45.35 45.35
4 351 Chris Lloyd DMA DMA 45.49 45.49
5 359 Carlos Santa DOM DOM 45.69 45.82
6 111 Cedric van Branteghem BEL BEL 45.11 45.11
7 803 Ezra Sambu KEN KEN 44.43 44.43
8 275 Gary Kikaya COD COD 44.53 45.02

Heat 4 23 AUG 2003 16:53

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 512 Daniel Caines GBR GBR 44.98 45.42
3 565 Ingo Schultz GER GER 44.66 45.06
4 1446 Tyree Washington USA USA 44.28 44.33
5 150 California Molefe BOT BOT 45.43 45.43
6 689 Andrea Barberi ITA ITA 45.79 45.79
7 16 Malik Louahla ALG ALG 45.13 45.81
8 463 Leslie Djhone FRA FRA 44.86 44.86

Heat 5 23 AUG 2003 16:59

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 477 Marc Raquil FRA FRA 44.80 44.80
2 216 Shane Niemi CAN CAN 44.86 45.22
3 37 Kelsey Nakanelua ASA ASA 49.0  
4 1167 Anton Galkin RUS RUS 45.54 45.54
5 539 Danilson Ricciuli GBS GBS 48.18 48.18
6 738 Brandon Simpson JAM JAM 44.84 44.84
7 1249 Sugath Thilakaratne SRI SRI 44.61 45.56
8 763 Jun Osakada JPN JPN 45.05 45.28

Heat 6 23 AUG 2003 17:05

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 597 Stilianós Dimótsios GRE GRE 45.70 45.70
3 1439 Jerome Young USA USA 44.09 44.71
4 841 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA KSA 44.66 45.13
5 770 Mitsuhiro Sato JPN JPN 45.50 45.50
6 380 David Canal ESP ESP 45.01 45.01
7 1476 Bothwell Nachihulu ZAM ZAM 46.16 46.70
8 1141 Paul Gorries RSA RSA 45.30 45.30

Heat 7 23 AUG 2003 17:11

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 728 Davian Clarke JAM JAM 44.87 45.18
2 897 Un Kei Chao MAC MAC 50.50  
3 615 Alleyne Francique GRN GRN 44.72 44.78
4 76 Chris Brown BAH BAH 44.94 44.94
5 1286 Jimisola Laursen SWE SWE 45.54 45.67
6 28 Kenmore Hughes ANT ANT 47.11 47.47
7 52 Clinton Hill AUS AUS 45.29 45.29
8 858 Fawzi Dahash Al Shammari KUW KUW 44.93 45.54
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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