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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 400m

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 2 & 10 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 9)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 10)
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Wariner had lost three times in 2005 (two to Williamson, and one to Benjamin) but was the unanimous favourite. None of the prospective medallists were eliminated in the heats, with Benjamin the fastest at 44.85. Cold, wind and rain slowed the times in the semi-finals, with Christopher the fastest (45.47), as only seven runners ducked below 46 seconds (24 had done so in round one). Gary Kikaya, winner of three Grand Prix races in July, was the top rated non-qualifier Two nights later, the weather was warmer and drier. Wariner reacted quickly in 0.150 [only Simpson’s 0.147 was faster], and led at the 200m mark in 21.1. Pouring it on, he reached 300m in 31.9, with Christopher in second place 3m behind. Wariner maintained form throughout the final 100m, even if he did lose a metre to Rock. Christopher just edged Brown for the bronze medal, as all of the first four ran lifetime bests, with Wariner becoming the seventh man (and first Caucasian) to duck under 44 seconds
 The men's 400 metres at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held on August 9, 10 and 12 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
 
  400m 12 August
  Final

Event Report - Men 400m Final

Wariner Breezes To Victory 
In a carbon copy of his Olympic victory Jeremy Wariner USA coasted round the Helsinki track in a consummate demonstration of classic quarter-miling. Silver went to compatriot Andrew Rock and bronze to Tyler Christopher CAN.

“I was concentrating on being first at 300 metres,” said Wariner, “and it went well. After I came off the last turn I just told myself, stay strong. Two gold medals in two years is nice. I had no pressure. I just ran my own race.”

In this post-Olympic year Wariner had come to Helsinki with a trio of defeats in his portfolio, two to Darrold Williamson USA and the third to Tim Benjamin GBR, both men in this final.  Maybe it had been the foul weather but the man from Baylor University had not looked so superior in qualifying. Was there going to be an upset?

Well, no. After a controlled 150 metres when he settled into his stride, Wariner moved up on Christopher, the man who looked most likely to challenge him. The Canadian was in the unfortunate situation of being just outside the American in lane four. He had talked a good race the day before when he said he was not here to make up the numbers, but win gold and he had looked sharp in the semis. On his outside he was not only holding Williamson, the American number two, but had already dispatched him. Only Wariner stood in his way.

But having the Olympic champion go past at 200 metres unsettled him and that is where he made his mistake. He tried to go with Wariner. The effort to get back on an even footing cost him dear. A man cannot be blamed for trying, but with hindsight it is clear Christopher sacrificed silver in his quest to match Wariner.

The American poured it on around the final bend, his silky stride eating up the track, arms pumping rhythmically. Christopher was trailing badly but as they hit the straight he made a huge effort to make inroads to the gap that was opening up inexorably. Christopher is renowned for his explosive last 100 metres and he made a clear effort to exploit it, but he had already played his card and there was nothing left but to dig in.

Meanwhile behind him Rock, who had started cautiously, was putting his game-plan into practice and made his final effort. Metres behind Christopher, Rock started to eat into the Canadian’s lead. Christopher was tying up, his head back, running on empty having used up all his energy on a futile chase. Slowly but surely silver disappeared as the number-three American hunted the Canadian down.

“I am very excited right now,” said Rock. “It was great to finish one-two for the USA. My goal for this year was to run a personal best, which I did by 0.3sec and also to medal here so I achieved all of those.”

For his part Christopher was satisfied with his night’s work. “I’m really happy,” he said. “But this was the fastest race I have ever been in. I even ran a national record.”

1 Jeremy Wariner USA 31 Jan 84 43.93
2 Andrew Rock USA 23 Jan 82 44.35
3 Tyler Christopher CAN 3 Oct 83 44.44
4 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 44.48
5 Tim Benjamin GBR 2 May 82 44.93
6 Brandon Simpson JAM 6 Sep 81 45.01
7 Darold Williamson USA 19 Feb 83 45.12
8 John Steffensen AUS 30 Aug 82 45.46
  Semifinals 10 August

Event Report - Men 400m Semi Finals

Christopher Fastest

Forget the times, this was one-lap running against the elements. Under the circumstances, 45 seconds was a respectable performance as the athletes leant into the wind and rain as though it was short-course cross country.

But still talent shone through. Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner did his tour of duty and came through unscathed in the third heat in 45.65. This has been a low-key year for Wariner in the sense that he actually lost a race or two, in Waco against fellow-American Darrold Williamson and most notably Briton Tim Benjamin at the London Grand Prix. In post-Olympic year you are allowed a rest, but there will be no excuses if he fouls up here.

Waiting in the wings in case of a slip-up is Canada’s Tyler Christopher who left the rain-soaked track with the fastest clocking of 45.47. Unlike Wariner, Christopher has had a defeat-free route to Helsinki. In the second semi he was up against Williamson, the man who knows what it is like to beat Wariner. But Williamson was clearly ill at ease and Christopher toyed with him at will, even to the extent of easing up nonchalantly in the last few metres. Williamson, it should be remembered, was runner-up to Wariner in the American trials and is no slouch with a best of 44.27.

So often American 400m runners come with a clean-sweep tag, but the third American, Andrew Rock, was also well-beaten in the first heat by Jamaican Brandon Simpson in 45.54. So the final would appear to be between an American, Canadian and a Jamaican. Unless the sun comes out, that is, and the Helsinki Olympic stadium turns into California on Friday evening. But that seems unlikely.

  Heat 1
1 Brandon Simpson JAM 6 Sep 81 45.53 Q
2 Andrew Rock USA 23 Jan 82 45.78 Q
3 John Steffensen AUS 30 Aug 82 46.06 q
4 Carlos Santa DOM 7 Jan 78 46.07
5 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 46.59
6 Godday James NGR 9 Jan 84 46.62
7 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA 5 May 81 46.80
8 Andrea Barberi ITA 15 Jan 79 47.10
  Heat 2
1 Tyler Christopher CAN 3 Oct 83 45.47 Q
2 Darold Williamson USA 19 Feb 83 45.65 Q
3 Tim Benjamin GBR 2 May 82 45.66 q
4 Arismendy Peguero DOM 7 Aug 80 46.08
5 Gary Kikaya COD 4 Feb 80 46.15
6 Ali Babiker Nagmeldin SUD 22 Feb 86 46.67
7 Lansford Spence JAM 15 Dec 82 47.20
Sofiane Labidi TUN 29 Sep 77 DNF
  Heat 3
1 Jeremy Wariner USA 31 Jan 84 45.65 Q
2 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 45.67 Q
3 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 46.25
4 Robert Tobin GBR 20 Dec 83 46.69
5 Pierre Lavanchy SUI 30 Sep 82 47.19
6 Young Talkmore Nyongani ZIM 2 Sep 83 47.20
7 California Molefe BOT 12 Mar 80 47.26
8 Mitsuhiro Sato JPN 8 Jan 80 48.55
  Heats 9 August

Event Report - Men 400m Heats

American Firepower

They came here as favourites to scoop all the medals and there was nothing to suggest in round one of the 400 metres that American hopes were misplaced.

Except for an extravagant tour of the track from Britain’s Tim Benjamin who ended with the fastest time of the day, 44.85 seconds, Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner, Andrew Rock and Darrold Williamson all smoothed their way through to the next round without exerting themselves unduly.

Behind the Briton the fastest times of the session were recorded by Rock, third in the American trials, and Brandon Simpson JAM both on 44.98.

The first heat was the liveliest with Benjamin, who had inflicted a shock defeat on Wariner in the London Grand Prix, pursued by Simpson, recording the day’s two fastest clockings. In fourth was a qualifier on time, California Molefe BOT who set new national figures of 45.34.

Wariner entered the action in the second heat, nonchalantly completing the lap in 45.24 with another Briton, Robert Tobin, looking comfortable on his shoulder. A non-qualifier in this heat was Alejandro Cardenas MEX, 1999 world bronze medallist, who set a season’s best 46.73 back in sixth.

John Steffensen AUS took heat three with the year’s fifth fastest, Tyler Christopher CAN also a qualifier. A high profile victim was Eric Milazar MRI, double world finalist, whose 45.91 saw him forced out by a season’s best 45.80 from Arismendi Peguero DOM.

Rock, third in the American trials, claimed the fourth heat with Christopher Brown BAH second. Andrea Barberi ITA established a personal best 45.70 to qualify as a fastest loser, together with Sofiane Labidi TUN, 45.71 and Mitsuhiro Sato, 45.78.

In the fifth heat potential finalist Alleyne Francique GRN survived a scare, finishing out of the frame but squeezing through as a fastest loser in a race won by former bronze medallist Michael Blackwood JAM in 45.58.

Gary Kikaya COD and Lansford Spence JAM, ninth and tenth fastest in the world this year, qualified in heat six while American number two, Williamson and Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr SUD completed the lineup for the next round in the final.

  Heat 1
1 Tim Benjamin GBR 2 May 82 44.85 Q
2 Brandon Simpson JAM 6 Sep 81 44.98 Q
3 Godday James NGR 9 Jan 84 45.30 q
4 California Molefe BOT 12 Mar 80 45.34 q
5 Pierre Lavanchy SUI 30 Sep 82 45.79 q
6 Željko Vincek CRO 16 Jun 86 46.03
7 Abdel Salam Al-Hajjaj JOR 18 May 79 48.89
8 Florent Battistel MON 2 Mar 82 50.54
  Heat 2
1 Jeremy Wariner USA 31 Jan 84 45.24 Q
2 Robert Tobin GBR 20 Dec 83 45.41 Q
3 Young Talkmore Nyongani ZIM 2 Sep 83 45.55 q
4 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA 5 May 81 45.88 q
5 Cédric Van Branteghem BEL 13 Mar 79 46.42
6 Alejandro Cárdenas MEX 4 Sep 74 46.73
7 Isaac Yaya PYF 5 Jul 79 47.75
  Heat 3
1 John Steffensen AUS 30 Aug 82 45.62 Q
2 Tyler Christopher CAN 3 Oct 83 45.66 Q
3 Arismendy Peguero DOM 7 Aug 80 45.80 q
4 Éric Milazar MRI 1 Jun 75 45.91
5 Andrae Williams BAH 11 Jul 83 46.49
6 Simon Kirch GER 26 Sep 79 47.45
7 Sayed Ali Al-Adhroui YEM 1 Mar 83 49.74
Tawhid Tawhidul Islam BAN 20 Dec 82 DQ
  Heat 4
1 Andrew Rock USA 23 Jan 82 44.98 Q
2 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 45.20 Q
3 Andrea Barberi ITA 15 Jan 79 45.70 q
4 Sofiane Labidi TUN 29 Sep 77 45.71 q
5 Mitsuhiro Sato JPN 8 Jan 80 45.78 q
6 Anderson Jorge dos Santos BRA 23 Apr 72 46.32
7 Chung Chen-Kang TPE 25 Mar 85 47.85
8 Glauco Martini SMR 27 May 87 51.48
  Heat 5
1 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 45.58 Q
2 Carlos Santa DOM 7 Jan 78 45.63 Q
3 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 45.77 q
4 Marcin Marciniszyn POL 7 Sep 82 45.97
5 Damion Barry TTO 3 Mar 82 46.20
6 Nery Brenes CRC 25 Sep 85 47.11
7 Ibrahim Akhmedov AZE 11 Jun 82 48.51
  Heat 6
1 Gary Kikaya COD 4 Feb 80 45.88 Q
2 Lansford Spence JAM 15 Dec 82 46.21 Q
3 Ofentse Mogawane RSA 20 Feb 82 46.80
4 Wilan Louis BAR 1 Mar 83 46.93
5 Prasanna S. Amarasekara SRI 21 Mar 81 47.11
6 Chris Meke Walasi SOL 18 May 80 49.47
Boubou Gandéga MTN 77 DQ
Saul Welgopwa NGR 14 Jun 84 DQ
  Heat 7
1 Darold Williamson USA 19 Feb 83 45.97 Q
2 Ali Babiker Nagmeldin SUD 22 Feb 86 46.02 Q
3 Malachi Davis GBR 13 Sep 77 46.14
4 Ato Stephens TTO 19 Jun 79 46.28
5 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 46.57
6 Chris Lloyd DMA 10 Oct 80 47.13
7 Moses Kamut VAN 7 Jul 82 48.63

Heat 1 09 AUG 2005 13:50

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 514 Abdesalem Khalifeh Bajes Al-Hajjaj JOR JOR 48.51 48.51
2 503 Brandon Simpson JAM JAM 44.76 44.83
3 655 Florent Battistel MON MON 49.59 49.59
4 341 Timothy Benjamin GBR GBR 44.75 44.75
5 170 Željko Vincek CRO CRO 45.90 45.90
6 87 California Molefe BOT BOT 45.43 46.05
7 680 James Godday NGR NGR 45.42 45.42
8 869 Pierre Lavanchy SUI SUI 45.49 45.49

Heat 2 09 AUG 2005 13:57

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 1055 Young Talkmore Nyongani ZIM ZIM 44.96 44.96
3 356 Robert Tobin GBR GBR 45.01 45.01
4 641 Alejandro Manuel Cárdenas MEX MEX 44.31 47.43
5 63 Cedric van Branteghem BEL BEL 45.02 45.59
6 584 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA KSA 44.66 45.57
7 759 Isaac Yaya PYF PYF 47.13 47.13
8 1039 Jeremy Wariner USA USA 44.00 44.20

Heat 3 09 AUG 2005 14:04

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 387 Simon Kirch GER GER 45.80 45.80
2 203 Arismendy Peguero DOM DOM 45.63 46.23
3 45 Andrae Williams BAH BAH 44.90 44.90
4 34 John Steffensen AUS AUS 45.31 45.31
5 1052 Saeed Al-Adhreai YEM YEM 48.13 48.13
6 659 Eric Milazar MRI MRI 44.69 45.54
7 52 Tawhid Tawhidul Islam BAN BAN    
8 133 Tyler Christopher CAN CAN 44.69 44.69

Heat 4 09 AUG 2005 14:11

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 1023 Andrew Rock USA USA 44.66 44.70
2 530 Mitsuhiro Sato JPN JPN 45.50 46.06
3 928 Sofiane Labidi TUN TUN 45.19 45.51
4 855 Glauco Martini SMR SMR 50.86 50.86
5 913 Cheng-Kang Chung TPE TPE 48.46 48.46
6 455 Andrea Barberi ITA ITA 45.79 45.89
7 49 Chris Brown BAH BAH 44.89 44.89
8 101 Anderson Jorge dos Santos BRA BRA 45.39 45.41

Heat 5 09 AUG 2005 14:18

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 41 Ibrahim Ahmadov AZE AZE 47.75 47.75
3 167 Nery Brenes CRC CRC 46.42 46.42
4 420 Alleyne Francique GRN GRN 44.47 44.60
5 206 Carlos Santa DOM DOM 45.05 45.25
6 915 Damion Barry TTO TTO 45.55 45.55
7 492 Michael Blackwood JAM JAM 44.60 44.93
8 728 Marcin Marciniszyn POL POL 45.69 45.69

Heat 6 09 AUG 2005 14:25

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 53 Wilan Louis BAR BAR 45.91 45.91
2 856 Chris Meke Walasi SOL SOL 48.74 48.74
3 161 Gary Kikaya COD COD 44.53 44.81
4 788 Ofentse Mogawane RSA RSA 45.42 45.42
5 688 Saul Welgopwa NGR NGR 45.00 45.99
6 504 Lansford Spence JAM JAM 44.77 44.77
7 661 Boubou Gandéga MTN MTN 49.52 49.52
8 857 Prasanna Sampath Amarasekara SRI SRI 45.47 45.47

Heat 7 09 AUG 2005 14:32

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 920 Ato Stephens TTO TTO 44.87 45.02
3 1050 Moses Kamut VAN VAN 47.63 47.63
4 344 Malachi Davis GBR GBR 45.52 45.60
5 1042 Darold Williamson USA USA 44.27 44.27
6 312 Leslie Djhone FRA FRA 44.64 45.56
7 202 Chris Lloyd DMA DMA 45.49 46.44
8 861 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr SUD SUD 44.93 44.93

 

 

 

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