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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Women's 100m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 3 & 9 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 25)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 26)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
The big shock was that Gail Devers did not qualify for the final. She had impressed most on the Grand Prix circuit in 2003, but hit a hurdle badly in her semi-final. Despite a quick recovery, her time of 12.87 did not hold up for advancement. Foster was a clear world number two to Devers so she was expected to win gold. It was silver thanks to the surprising Felicien, who had a good start and took control by the fourth hurdle, then withstood Foster’s closing lunge on the run-in. Hers was the first medal won by a Canadian woman at a World Championships. The 2001 champion Kirkland had given birth in May and only made a token appearance in the heats.
 These are the official results of the Women's 100 metres hurdles event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 39 participating athletes, with five qualifying heats, three semi-finals and the final held on Wednesday August 27, 2003 at 19:25h.

In the third heat of the semi finals, Patricia Girard and Vonette Dixon had a rare, unbreakable tie for the second qualifying spot. Since the Paris track could accommodate 9 runners, this was a rare case where 9 were advanced to the finals.

Running before a home crowd, Girard was marginally first over the first hurdle of the final. She extended the lead over the second hurdle, but by the third, the field had come back. Jenny Adams and Perdita Felicien emerged with the lead. By the fifth hurdle, Felicien was all alone. Glory Alozie, Miesha McKelvy and Brigitte Foster-Hylton had joined Adams in the hunt for silver. By the seventh hurdle, Felicien had a 1 metre lead over McKelvy, slightly ahead of Foster-Hylton. Through the next couple of hurdles, Foster-Hylton got up a head of steam, passing McKelvy and pulling in some of Felicien's lead. Diving for the line early, Foster-Hylton got as close as a foot (30 cm) a couple of metres before the finish, but she was losing balance. Felicien crossed the finish maintaining her speed while Foster-Hylton struggled her last two steps, crashing to the track after the finish. More than a metre back, McKelvy took bronze, still half a metre ahead of Alozie.

 
  100m Hurdles 27 August -0.2
  Final

Event Report Women 100m Hurdles Final

Perdita FELICIEN (CAN) produced one of the biggest surprises of these World Championships. With Gail DEVERS (USA) left out of the final, Brigitte FOSTER (JAM), was the only favourite in the final.

However, Foster did not get out of the blocks as usual, and it was Felicien, a double NCAA-champion from 2002 and 2003 for the University of Illinois, who was in charge of the race from the beginning.
 
The Canadian, who will be 23 years old on 29 August, competing in her first major championship final, started very quickly and was leading the race clearly by half way.

Foster, the fastest in the world over this distance during 2003, tried desperately to come back in the end, but dipped to the line too early and fell quite badly at the finish. Felicien?s winning time of 12.53 also broke the Canadian national record previously held by Katie ANDERSON (12.61/1999).
 
Behind Felicien the rest were quite even until half way, but then Foster and Miesha MCKELVY (USA) started to move forward. Pre-race favourite Foster grabbed the silver medal, in 12.57, and McKelvy was well clear of the others to finish in third place, with 12.67.
 
The quality of the race was pretty ordinary in historical terms, but the world champion Felicien beat her personal best by 0.14 seconds despite a small headwind.

In fourth place was Glory ALOZIE (ESP), who just barely got to the final, in 12.75. Aurealia TRYWIANSKA (POL) was given the same time for fifth place and Jenny ADAMS (USA), who ran a convincing semi-final yesterday, was left with only sixth place in a time of 12.77.

1 Perdita Felicien CAN 29 Aug 80 12.53
2 Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM 7 Nov 74 12.57
3 Miesha McKelvy-Jones USA 26 Jul 76 12.67
4 Glory Alozie ESP 30 Dec 77 12.75
5 Aurelia Trywiańska-Kollasch POL 9 May 76 12.75
6 Jenny Adams USA 8 Jul 78 12.77
7 Patricia Girard FRA 8 Apr 68 12.83
8 Lacena Golding-Clarke JAM 20 Mar 75 12.87
9 Vonette Dixon JAM 26 Nov 75 12.87
  Semifinals 26 August
  Heat 1 0.4

Gail Devers fails to make 100m Hurdles final

Paris, France36year old Gail Devers, a three-time world champion at the discipline failed to qualify for the final of the 100m Hurdles tonight.

Running in the first of three semi finals, Devers had an average start – by her standards that is - hit the fourth obstacle and then gradually lost her typical strenuous rhythm between the hurdles.

She finished third of her race in 12.87 behind Perdita Felicien of Canada (12.68) and Lacena Golding-Clarke of Jamaica (12.84) who took the only two automatic qualifying positions.

“I just hit the fourth [hurdle] and lost my tempo,” said Devers while quickly leaving the track. “It’s no longer in my hands now.”

Devers still had a very little hope that she might be one of the two fastest losers and therefore advance to the final but unfortunately she didn’t have to wait long to be given the negative response.

Indeed, the first four athletes  (Foster, McKelvy, Trywianska and Alozie) in the second semi final ran faster than Devers, Spain’s Glory Alozie taking the last qualifying spot with her 12.81 clocking.

Maybe Devers felt the fatigue of the four rounds she had to run to make the final of the 100m, in which she finished last in a season’s best 11.11.

Maybe Devers should have concentrated her energy on the hurdles, a discipline she has dominated for the past several years.

But Devers is known to be a true competitor and her two Olympic gold medals at 100 metres certainly prove it.

The USA’s chances for gold in the final are far from being lost though as both Miesha McKelvy and Jenny Adams advanced to the next round.

Adams, who won her race in 12.78 was the most impressive cutting her effort well before the finish line.

“I am very pleased,” said Adams. I wanted to secure one of the two qualifying spots and I did it well. I am very surprised that Gail didn’t make it to the final but I just have to focus on myself.

“I am feeling great, I feel like it’s all coming together.”

For the first time in the history of the IAAF World Championships nine athletes will line up for the final of the 100m Hurdles as two athletes were tied in second in the third semi final.

Vonette Dixon of Jamaica and Patricia Girard of France were both timed in 12.85 and therefore will both advance to the final. The local crowd was delighted to the news of one of their ‘girls’ making it to the final after double European Indoor champion Linda Ferga was disqualified for false starting in heat one.

This may well be the so much awaited chance to be on the highest step of the podium for Jamaican record holder Brigette Foster.

Foster who is the fastest performer this year with 12.45 finished second behind Devers more than half a dozen times last season.

1 Perdita Felicien CAN 29 Aug 80 12.68 Q
2 Lacena Golding-Clarke JAM 20 Mar 75 12.84 Q
3 Gail Devers USA 19 Nov 66 12.87
4 Natalya Shekhodanova RUS 29 Dec 71 12.91
5 Yahumara Neyra CUB 18 Apr 76 12.98
6 Flóra Redoúmi GRE 11 Sep 76 13.10
7 Maíla Paula Machado BRA 22 Jan 81 13.34
Linda Khodadin FRA 24 Dec 76 DQ
  Heat 2 -0.1
1 Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM 7 Nov 74 12.65 Q
2 Miesha McKelvy-Jones USA 26 Jul 76 12.77 Q
3 Aurelia Trywiańska-Kollasch POL 9 May 76 12.79 q
4 Glory Alozie ESP 30 Dec 77 12.81 q
5 Nadine Faustin-Parker HAI 14 Apr 76 13.01
6 Angela Atede NGR 8 Feb 72 13.18
7 Su Yiping CHN 4 Aug 79 13.20
8 Mariya Koroteyeva RUS 10 Nov 81 13.27
  Heat 3 0,0
1 Jenny Adams USA 8 Jul 78 12.78 Q
2 Patricia Girard FRA 8 Apr 68 12.85 Q
2 Vonette Dixon JAM 26 Nov 75 12.85 Q
4 Irina Lenskiy ISR 12 Jun 71 12.89
5 Angela Whyte CAN 22 May 80 12.89
6 Susanna Kallur SWE 16 Feb 81 12.94
7 Svetlana Laukhova RUS 7 May 73 12.98
8 Carmen Ghilase ROU 25 Nov 75 13.24
  Heats 25 August

Event Report Women 100m Hurdles Heats

Barring any accidents, Gail DEVERS (USA) looks set to win her sixth World Championships hurdles medal after an easy win in the first round.
 
What colour that medal will be is another matter. While Devers raced away from the field to win easily in 12.76, she will face a strong challenge from the other top ranked women this year.
 
The world's fastest women in 2003, Jamaican Brigitte FOSTER, was impressive in heat two, winning strongly in 12.67 from French hope, Patricia GIRARD.
 
Perdita FELICIEN (CAN) won a close battle with Jamaican Commonwealth champion, Lacena GOLDING-CLARKE. The Jamaican had a nice lead but was run down by Felicien and finished with 12.86 to the Canadian's 12.70.
 
The third fastest woman this year, Miesha MCKELVY, had a slow start in heat one and looked to be in trouble mid way. By the sixth hurdle though she reeled in the field and pulled away to clock 12.94.
 
Jenny ADAMS, America's third ranked hurdler, lead from the start and recorded 12.74, defeated Spain's Olympic silver medallist Glory ALOZIE 12.74 to 12.83.
 
Reigning world champion, Anjanette KIRKLAND (USA) made her return to the international scene in heat two. She stumbled at the start and never really recovered, clocking 13.80 for seventh place.
  Heat 1 0,0
1 Miesha McKelvy-Jones USA 26 Jul 76 12.94 Q
2 Susanna Kallur SWE 16 Feb 81 12.98 Q
3 Yahumara Neyra CUB 18 Apr 76 13.01 Q
4 Natalya Shekhodanova RUS 29 Dec 71 13.03 q
5 Vonette Dixon JAM 26 Nov 75 13.09 q
6 Haydy Aron FRA 21 May 73 13.35
7 Feng Yun CHN 23 Feb 76 13.50
8 Céline Laporte SEY 7 Dec 84 14.29
  Heat 2 -0.5
1 Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM 7 Nov 74 12.67 Q
2 Patricia Girard FRA 8 Apr 68 12.82 Q
3 Nadine Faustin-Parker HAI 14 Apr 76 12.94 Q
4 Flóra Redoúmi GRE 11 Sep 76 13.15 q
5 Olena Krasovska UKR 17 Jun 76 13.31
6 Rachel King GBR 11 May 76 13.37
7 Anjanette Kirkland USA 24 Feb 74 13.80
Rosa Rakotozafy MAD 12 Nov 77 DNS
  Heat 3 -0.1
1 Jenny Adams USA 8 Jul 78 12.74 Q
2 Glory Alozie ESP 30 Dec 77 12.83 Q
3 Angela Whyte CAN 22 May 80 12.99 Q
4 Angela Atede NGR 8 Feb 72 13.09 q
5 Mariya Koroteyeva RUS 10 Nov 81 13.16 q
6 Carmen Ghilase ROU 25 Nov 75 13.24 q
7 Maíla Paula Machado BRA 22 Jan 81 13.28 q
8 Juliane Sprenger-Afflerbach GER 22 Mar 77 13.31
  Heat 4 0.1
1 Perdita Felicien CAN 29 Aug 80 12.70 Q
2 Lacena Golding-Clarke JAM 20 Mar 75 12.86 Q
3 Linda Khodadin FRA 24 Dec 76 12.86 Q
4 Svetlana Laukhova RUS 7 May 73 12.92 q
5 Su Yiping CHN 4 Aug 79 13.12 q
6 Judith Vis NED 21 Jun 80 13.36
7 Maria-Joëlle Conjungo CAF 14 Jul 75 13.51
8 Derval O'Rourke IRL 28 May 81 13.54
  Heat 5 -0.7
1 Gail Devers USA 19 Nov 66 12.76 Q
2 Irina Lenskiy ISR 12 Jun 71 12.92 Q
3 Aurelia Trywiańska-Kollasch POL 9 May 76 12.96 Q
4 Trecia Roberts THA 4 Feb 71 13.29
5 Nadine Hentschke GER 27 Jan 82 13.33
6 Yvonne Kanazawa JPN 19 Nov 74 13.54
Elke Wölfling AUT 27 Nov 71 DNS

Heat 1 25 AUG 2003 21:15

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 344 Haïdy Aron FRA FRA 12.85 12.92
2 950 Natalya Shekhodanova RUS RUS 12.59 12.83
3 591 Vonette Dixon JAM JAM 12.72 12.72
4 1146 Miesha McKelvy-Jones USA USA 12.51 12.51
5 165 Yun Feng CHN CHN 12.85 13.09
6 1032 Susanna Kallur SWE SWE 12.74 12.88
7 988 Céline Laporte SEY SEY 13.88 13.88
8 235 Yahumara Neyra CUB CUB 12.75 12.82

Heat 2 25 AUG 2003 21:23

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 512 Nadine Faustin-Parker HAI HAI 12.80 12.82
2 399 Rachel King GBR GBR 13.07 13.07
3 1089 Olena Krasovska UKR UKR 12.82 13.06
4 699 Rosa Rakotozafy MAD MAD 12.84 12.93
5 594 Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM JAM 12.45 12.45
6 1140 Anjanette Kirkland USA USA 12.42 14.31
7 486 Flóra Redoúmi GRE GRE 12.90 12.90
8 355 Patricia Girard FRA FRA 12.59 12.74

Heat 3 25 AUG 2003 21:31

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 153 Angela Whyte CAN CAN 12.78 12.78
2 125 Maíla Machado BRA BRA 12.93 13.10
3 778 Angela Atede NGR NGR 12.72 12.96
4 922 Mariya Koroteyeva RUS RUS 12.94 12.95
5 457 Juliane Sprenger-Afflerbach GER GER 12.87 12.87
6 287 Glory Alozie ESP ESP 12.44 12.71
7 1119 Jenny Adams USA USA 12.63 12.67
8 889 Carmen Zamfir-Ghilase ROU ROU 13.04 13.21

Heat 4 25 AUG 2003 21:39

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 177 Yiping Su CHN CHN 12.91 13.09
2 928 Svetlana Laukhova RUS RUS 12.72 12.88
3 544 Derval O'Rourke IRL IRL 12.96 12.96
4 149 Perdita Felicien CAN CAN 12.67 12.67
5 353 Linda Ferga-Khodadin FRA FRA 12.67 12.87
6 767 Judith Vis NED NED 13.05 13.05
7 595 Lacena Golding-Clarke JAM JAM 12.72 12.72
8 144 Maria-Joelle Conjungo CAF CAF 13.56 13.56

Heat 5 25 AUG 2003 21:47

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 621 Yvonne Kanazawa JPN JPN 13.00 13.06
3 1055 Trecia Roberts THA THA 12.73 12.94
4 1121 Gail Devers USA USA 12.33 12.49
5 55 Elke Wölfling AUT AUT 13.09 13.09
6 440 Nadine Hentschke GER GER 12.89 12.89
7 554 Irina Lenskiy ISR ISR 12.80 12.82
8 844 Aurelia Trywianska-Kollasch POL POL 12.73 12.73

 

 

 

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