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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

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

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 6)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 7)
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Tamesue was away fastest in the final, and led through to the eighth hurdle, with van Zyl, and then Jackson and Carter, his closest rivals. Jackson and Carter battled evenly to the 10th barrier, but Jackson’s quickness overcame Carter’s strength on the run-in. Tamesue, fighting all the way to the line, took the bronze from Clement, who again had faltered just before the final hurdle. Defending champion Sánchez failed to finish, but his 48.24 semifinal was a minor miracle, as a series of injuries had rendered him unable to walk three weeks earlier.
 The men's 400 metres hurdles event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 6, 7 and 9.
 The final was run in wet conditions following a rain story. Running in lane 2, defending champion Félix Sánchez was out with the field. Just after clearing the first hurdle, he pulled up, grabbing his right hamstring. By the third hurdle Bershawn Jackson in lane 6 had a slight lead. By the fifth, the lead had evaporated and James Carter in lane 3 had edged ahead. As Jackson continued to fade back, Dai Tamesue, to his outside in lane 7 began to separate. Tamesue assumed the lead through the final turn, entering the final straight with almost 2 metres on the Americans. Jackson put on a burst of speed, catching Tamesue over the ninth hurdle and never looking back. Deflated Tamesue was trying to hold on as Jackson and then Carter pulled away. Jackson's burst put him in first place to stay, beating Carter with a lean by over a meter. Sensing Kerron Clement gaining across the track in lane 1, Tamesue began leaning for the finish 5 metres out, falling across the finish line ahead of Clement for bronze.
 
  400m Hurdles 9 August
  Final

Event Report - Men 400m Hurdles Final

Jackson storms home as Sanchez suffers in the conditions

Bershawn Jackson says that his nickname of "Batman" is because he flies past people when he runs. Tonight, amid a Wagnerian stormy backdrop, Jackson soared to a lifetime best 47.30sec to win the 400 metres Hurdles at the World Championship here in Helsinki.

But if anyone suffered in the atrocious conditions inflicted upon all the athletes involved in the competition tonight, it must be Felix Sanchez, whose bid to win a third World title came to an end soon after he had cleared the first flight of hurdles, his troublesome injured heel clearly too painful to continue.

The heavy, cold rain had returned just as the athletes came out on the track for their event, and worsened throughout the race. Yet the torrential downpour did not dampen the delight of Jackson and the two other medallists, James Carter and Dai Tamesue, of Japan, who continued on a lap of honour to the evident delight of the many bedraggled fans who had patiently stayed throughout the most atrocious of conditions.

Jackson's achievement was all the more extraordinary, since apart from Sanchez's own winning time in Paris two years ago, the 22-year-old Floridian's was the fastest winning time in the World final for 12 years.

Drawn in lane six, Jackson was always in control, looking assured over the barriers despite the treacherous underfoot conditions. He entered the straight with his team mate, Carter, on almost level terms, while inside them, in the unwanted lane one, the teenaged US champion, Kerron Clement, was beginning to send out distress signals a stride or so off the pace.

In lane seven, the Japanese was running a battling race, almost on terms with Clement, but as he tired, he stuttered into the ninth flight, and lost momentum. For five strides or so, an American cleansweep looked possible.

But as Jackson turned on the power into the final flight to break away from Carter, so Clement almost came to a halt at the final barrier. He never recovered the initiative, and as he sauntered across the line - a novice's error if ever there was one - the never-say-die Japanese hurled himself across the finish to repeat his bronze medal of Edmonton four years ago, in a season's best 48.10. Clement lost a medal by 0.08.

Carter, at 27 years of age and with two agonising Olympic fourth places on his career CV, was rewarded with a silver medal in a personal best 47.43, as the first six finishers came home in under 48.6 - truly remarkable given the conditions.

1 Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 47.30
2 James Carter USA 7 May 78 47.43
3 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 48.10
4 Kerron Clement USA 31 Oct 85 48.18
5 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 48.28
6 LJ van Zyl RSA 20 Jul 85 48.54
7 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 50.18
Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 DNF
  Semifinals 7 August

Event Report - Men 400m Hurdles Semi Finals

After some pedestrian heat times yesterday, the tempo increased sharply in the semifinal round of the men’s 400 hurdles.

James Carter (USA) started the fast running in the first section, with a season-best 47.78, the day’s quickest.  Twice an Olympic fourth placer, Carter had watched Dai Tamesue (JPN) and Felix Sánchez (DOM) set the early pace before he started his move in the final curve. 

Bayano Kamani (PAN) actually had the advantage off the eighth hurdle, but Carter charged forward to clip Kamani, as the latter’s 47.84 established a new Central American and Caribbean record. 

Still noticeably bothered by a chronic foot problem, defending champion Sánchez stayed close enough to get one of the two time qualifying spots with 48.24, as did Tamesue at 48.46.

Year leader Kerron Clement (USA) was matched with Athens silver medallist Danny McFarlane (JAM) in the second heat, and the experienced Jamaican set an extremely fast pace from his outside position.  McFarlane always held the advantage, but he landed off-balance after hurdle eight, which caused him to knock over the ninth hurdle. 

This allowed young L.J. van Zyl (RSA) and Clement the opening they needed to take the important first two places in 48.16 and 48.49, respectively.  For van Zyl, it was an equaling of the PB he had established in his win two months ago in Athens.  McFarlane meanwhile never recovered and finished in a non-qualifying fifth at 49.41.

The third heat allowed Bershawn Jackson (USA) to exhibit a multitude of gears, as he shot to an early lead, and then backed off to let Periklís Iakovákis (GRE) and Naman Keïta (FRA) move to the front.  Off the final curve, Jackson then accelerated strongly and won in 48.19, with Keïta second in 48.60, just barely holding off Kemel Thompson (JAM) with 48.64.  The Greek hurdler, who was the Paris bronze medallist, faded badly in the stretch, being pipped at the finish by Hadi Al-Somaily (KSA), 49.09 to 49.28.

  Heat 1
1 James Carter USA 7 May 78 47.78 Q
2 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 47.84 Q
3 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.24 q
4 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 48.46 q
5 Pieter de Villiers RSA 13 Jul 82 49.75
6 Dean Griffiths JAM 27 Jan 80 49.89
7 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP 7 Apr 78 49.97
8 Christian Duma GER 5 Feb 82 50.25
  Heat 2
1 LJ van Zyl RSA 20 Jul 85 48.16 Q
2 Kerron Clement USA 31 Oct 85 48.49 Q
3 Kenji Narisako JPN 25 Jul 84 49.00
4 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 49.22
5 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 49.41
6 Rhys Williams GBR 27 Feb 84 49.67
7 Ari-Pekka Lattu FIN 22 Jun 78 49.81
8 Yacnier Luis CUB 24 Jan 82 51.47
  Heat 3
1 Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 48.19 Q
2 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 48.60 Q
3 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.64
4 Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily KSA 30 Dec 76 49.09
5 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 49.28
6 Sergio Hierrezuelo CUB 15 Mar 82 49.66
7 Gianni Carabelli ITA 30 May 79 49.77
8 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 50.69
  Heats 6 August

Event Report - Men 400m Hurdles Heats

Kerron Clement (USA) issued a challenge in the opening heat of the men’s 400 hurdles with his 48.98 time, but no other competitor was able to match the 19-year-old’s time in the ensuing four heats.  His was the slowest first-round leading time since the inaugural World Championships in the same Helsinki stadium twenty-two years ago.

Clement most certainly would have run faster had he not encountered step problems with the seventh barrier.  Still, the Trinidad-born hurdler was without peer in his tour of the track in lane two, sauntering across the finish with Athens bronze medallist Danny McFarlane (JAM) and Pieter DeVilliers (RSA) scrambling for the next two places with 49.37 and 49.81, respectively. 

James Carter (USA), also pinned to the curb with his lane-two assignment, had the next fastest time of the day in his 49.05 victory in the fifth, and final, section.  The American had let Dai Tamesue (JPN) carve out a small advantage in the backstretch, but coming off the final curve, Carter came home strongly as the Japanese runner was close behind with 49.17.   Bayano Kimani (PAN) sprinted hard on the run-in, almost catching Tamesue in a qualifying 49.18. 

Defending champion Felix Sánchez (DOM) easily made it through with his second-place 49.47 behind the 49.34 of Bershawn Jackson (USA) in heat three.  Afterwards, Sánchez revealed that he has been suffering from a foot fracture with painful flesh irritation coming from a piece of the fractured bone. 

“I couldn’t just sit home and wonder whether I could have made it or not,” said Sánchez.  “I love to compete and I had to give it a try.” 

Paris bronze medallist Periklís Iakovákis (GRE) converted a big lead into a 49.22 win in the fourth heat, although the newest South African in that country’s long line of one-lap hurdlers, L.J. van Zyl, scrambled at the finish to close the Greek’s advantage with 49.35. 

The remaining heat was won by Kemel Thompson (JAM) with 49.33 as Naman Keïta (FRA), tipped by many as a potential medallist, struggled early and was fortunate to salvage second with 49.58. 

Others advancing included the two non-winning medallists from the Sydney Olympics, Hadi Al-Somaily (KSA) with 49.70 and Llewellyn Herbert (RSA) in 49.98.

A Nordic battle for the final qualifying spot was won by Ari-Pekka Lattu (FIN) over Mikael Jakobsson (SWE), 50.23 to 50.35.

The sole casualty of note in the qualifying round was Jirí Muzík (CZE), the reigning European silver medallist, whose return to prominence this season was thwarted by a 52.21 performance.

  Heat 1
1 Kerron Clement USA 31 Oct 85 48.98 Q
2 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 49.37 Q
3 Pieter de Villiers RSA 13 Jul 82 49.81 Q
4 Yacnier Luis CUB 24 Jan 82 49.96 Q
5 Christian Duma GER 5 Feb 82 50.04 q
6 Ibrahima Maïga MLI 14 Mar 79 50.62
7 Kurt Couto MOZ 14 May 85 52.04
  Heat 2
1 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 49.33 Q
2 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 49.58 Q
3 Gianni Carabelli ITA 30 May 79 49.87 Q
4 Kenji Narisako JPN 25 Jul 84 49.87 Q
5 Ari-Pekka Lattu FIN 22 Jun 78 50.23 q
6 Mikael Jakobsson SWE 9 Jan 81 50.35
  Heat 3
1 Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 49.34 Q
2 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 49.47 Q
3 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 49.67 Q
4 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 49.98 Q
5 Sergio Hierrezuelo CUB 15 Mar 82 50.13 q
6 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP 7 Apr 78 50.22 q
7 Aleksey Pogorelov KGZ 26 Mar 83 53.44
  Heat 4
1 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 49.22 Q
2 LJ van Zyl RSA 20 Jul 85 49.35 Q
3 Rhys Williams GBR 27 Feb 84 49.73 Q
4 Dean Griffiths JAM 27 Jan 80 49.79 Q
5 O'Neil Wright LBR 3 May 80 50.90
6 Jiří Mužík CZE 1 Sep 76 52.21
  Heat 5
1 James Carter USA 7 May 78 49.05 Q
2 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 49.17 Q
3 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 49.18 Q
4 Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily KSA 30 Dec 76 49.70 Q
5 Ákos Dezső HUN 27 Apr 83 51.36
6 Aleki Toetu'u Sapoi TGA 8 Jul 81 56.06
Edivaldo Monteiro POR 28 Apr 76 DNF

Heat 1 06 AUG 2005 13:50

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 976 Kerron Clement USA USA 47.24 47.24
3 375 Christian Duma GER GER 49.17 49.17
4 656 Kurt Couto MOZ MOZ 50.83 50.83
5 653 Ibrahim Maïga MLI MLI 50.16 50.16
6 179 Yacnier Luis CUB CUB 48.83 49.12
7 779 Pieter de Villiers RSA RSA 48.46 48.46
8 507 Danny McFarlane JAM JAM 48.00 48.53

Heat 2 06 AUG 2005 13:58

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 292 Ari-Pekka Lattu FIN FIN 49.36 49.67
3 884 Mikael Jakobsson SWE SWE 49.38 49.47
4 324 Naman Keïta FRA FRA 48.17 48.27
5 511 Kemel Thompson JAM JAM 48.05 48.14
6 462 Gianni Carabelli ITA ITA 48.84 48.84
7 531 Kenji Narisako JPN JPN 48.35 48.35

Heat 3 06 AUG 2005 14:06

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 207 Felix Sánchez DOM DOM 47.25 48.40
3 783 Llewellyn Herbert RSA RSA 47.81 48.57
4 995 Bershawn Jackson USA USA 47.62 47.62
5 551 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ KAZ 48.46 49.21
6 574 Aleksey Pogorelov KGZ KGZ 51.30 51.86
7 248 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP ESP 49.08 50.18
8 177 Sergio Hierrezuelo CUB CUB 49.11 49.11

Heat 4 06 AUG 2005 14:14

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 357 Rhys Williams GBR GBR 49.60 49.60
3 606 O'Neil Wright LBR LBR 49.55 49.55
4 798 L.J. van Zyl RSA RSA 48.16 48.16
5 192 Jirí Mužík CZE CZE 48.27 48.83
6 413 Periklís Iakovákis GRE GRE 48.17 48.24
7 496 Dean Griffiths JAM JAM 48.55 48.78

Heat 5 06 AUG 2005 14:22

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 973 James Carter USA USA 47.57 47.95
3 545 Dai Tamesue JPN JPN 47.89 48.66
4 907 'Aleki Toetu'u Sapoi TGA TGA 53.57 55.40
5 433 Ákos Dezsö HUN HUN 49.67 49.67
6 708 Bayano Kamani PAN PAN 48.23 48.36
7 588 Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily KSA KSA 47.53 49.02
8 750 Edivaldo Monteiro POR POR 49.10 49.26

 

 

 

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