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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 400m Hurdles



Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to final) (Aug 25)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 26)
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
Former champion Sánchez signalled his comeback with a win in the second semi in 48.35, though the main story of the race was the elimination of defending champion Jackson who hit the last hurdle while leading, and stumbled out of contention. Plawgo and Carter were the early leaders in the final, but Clement took over at the fourth hurdle, and led by four metres by the eighth. Despite chopping his stride and running 17 strides between barriers for the last two hurdles, Clement still had two metres margin at the final barrier, and he won by three. Sánchez edged into second place after the eighth hurdle, and held off Plawgo to win the silver medal with his fastest time for three years. Plawgo set a national record in third place, while Carter, in contention for a medal, faded over the last 50m. Clement’s win was no surprise, but that he managed to run 47.61 while making so many errors gave cause for speculation that he could be capable of improving Kevin Young’s 15 year-old world record
 The men's 400 metres hurdles at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Nagai Stadium on 25, 26 and 28 August.


Prior to the competition, the following records were as follows.

World record  Kevin Young (USA) 46.78 Barcelona, Spain 6 August 1992
Championship record  Kevin Young (USA) 47.18 Stuttgart, Germany 19 August 1993
World leading  James Carter (USA) 47.72 Indianapolis, United States 23 June 2007
  400m Hurdles 28 August

Event report: Men's 400m Hurdles Final

Two years ago in Helsinki Kerron Clement left the track bitterly disappointed after finishing fourth and out of the medals when strongly tipped to win, but tonight in the Nagai Stadium he wiped away the memory with a spectacular victory.

The Trinidad-born American destroyed the opposition, recording a breathtaking world lead time of 47.61 to deliver the rich promise he had revealed, most notably, in 2005 when he smashed Michael Johnson’s world indoor 400m record.

Behind Clement, two-time former champion Felix Sanchez of the Domincan Republic was rewarded with a silver medal in 48.01 after suffering two seasons of injury woes, and Pole Marek Plawgo, the European silver medallist, backed up an impressive semi-final performance to take the bronze in a new national record of 48.12.

There was, however, once again pain for Clement’s team-mate and eternal bridesmaid James Carter. The 2005 World silver medallist and two-time Olympic fourth placer paid for some ambitious tactics and faded to fourth in 48.40.

Clement, a prodigious 400m flat runner with a best of 44.48, had to settle for second at the US trials, and prior to these championships had not recorded one 400m hurdles victory all season.

But cometh the hour cometh the man as Clement became the fifth US World Championship 400m hurdles gold medallist to add his name to that of Ed Moses, Kevin Young, Derrick Adkins and Bershawn Jackson.

A delighted Clement revealed a remarkably easy-going approach to the final. “After the gunshot, I just got out of the blocks and ran. I like not to think too much about the hurdles. I had to catch the two guys in front of me and did not think about saving energy. On the last two hurdles I had problems with my rhythm, but that did not matter.”

After his persistent calf and hamstring problems of the past couple of seasons Sanchez was satisfied with the silver.

“I wanted that third gold medal but considering what I was running at the start of the season I must be more than happy,” explained Sanchez, the reigning Olympic champion.

Plawgo was simply elated to climb the podium and the first Pole to win a World Championship hurdles medal said: “I came here with the 18th best performance, so I couldn’t ever have imagined winning a medal.”

After Sanchez was penalised for a false start it was Carter, running three lanes outside Clement in lane six, who was a marginal leader at the first hurdle. Down the back stretch the muscular and heavily tattooed 29-year-old had a clear advantage while the there was little to separate the rest of the field.

But with 200m to go the long-legged Clement powered into overdrive and around the final bend stamped his authority on the race. Hitting the straight a clear three metres ahead of the fading Carter, it was Clement’s race to lose as Sanchez and Plawgo became the only realistic dangers.

The leader stuttered badly on approach to the penultimate hurdler and could have taken the final barrier with greater proficiency, but he maintained his momentum and his advantage.
Sanchez hit the final hurdle perfectly and won the battle for silver with Plawgo, who has undergone three operations on his ankle since the Athens Olympics.

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1 Kerron Clement USA 31 Oct 85 47.61
2 Felix Sanchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.01
3 Marek Plawgo POL 25 Feb 81 48.12
4 James Carter USA 7 May 78 48.40
5 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.59
6 Periklis Iakovakis GRE 24 Mar 79 49.25
7 Derrick Williams USA 25 Mar 82 52.97
Adam Kunkel CAN 24 Feb 81 DNF
  Semifinals 26 August

Event report: men's 400m Hurdles Semi-finals

Defending champion Bershawn Jackson lost his crown after a catastrophic blunder. The American led by three metres approaching the final hurdle in his semi-final but he smashed through the top of the barrier, lost all momentum and had to settle for third in 48.95sec.

Past champion Felix Sanchez, of the Dominican Republic, has been showing glimpses of a return to his best after a couple of injury-riddled seasons, and he benefited from Jackson’s error to win the semi in season’s best 48.35 with the Greek, Periklis Iakovakis (48.44), taking the second and final automatic spot.

Marek Plawgo (POL) caused a surprise to secure victory in the first semi-final from lane eight. Much of the crowd's attention was focused on the middle lanes, with the powerful world No1 James Carter and his American team-mate Derrick Williams leading into the home straight.

The home crowd was also raising the roof in support for Japan’s Asian Games champion Kenji Narisako. But Plawgo, the European silver medallist, nipped in almost unnoticed to win in 48.18.

Carter snatched the second automatic qualifying spot in 48.30 with the fast-finishing McFarlane (48.32) in third and fourth-placed Williams (48.43) snaring the two fast loser spots for the final. However, there was heartbreak for the vibrant home supporters as Narisako finished fifth, missing out on the final by 0.01.

The third and final semi provided less drama as the fast-finishing world No2 Kerron Clement of the US ran down long-time leader Adam Kunkel of Canada to win by 0.06 in 48.60.

The final is scheduled for Tuesday at 22.20 local time.

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  Heat 1
1 Marek Plawgo POL 25 Feb 81 48.18 Q
2 James Carter USA 7 May 78 48.30 Q
3 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.32 q
4 Derrick Williams USA 25 Mar 82 48.43 q
5 Kenji Narisako JPN 25 Jul 84 48.44
6 Fadil Bellaabouss FRA 15 Jun 86 49.17
7 Joseph G. Abraham IND 11 Sep 81 49.51
8 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 49.56
  Heat 2
1 Felix Sanchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.35 Q
2 Periklis Iakovakis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.44 Q
3 Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 48.95
4 Aleksandr Derevyagin RUS 24 Mar 79 49.11
5 Edivaldo Monteiro POR 28 Apr 76 49.31
6 Pieter de Villiers RSA 13 Jul 82 49.37
7 Javier Culson PUR 25 Jul 84 49.64
8 Meng Yan CHN 30 Sep 80 49.70
  Heat 3
1 Kerron Clement USA 31 Oct 85 48.60 Q
2 Adam Kunkel CAN 24 Feb 81 48.66 Q
3 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 49.13
4 Isa Phillips JAM 22 Apr 84 49.47
5 Jonathan Williams BIZ 29 Aug 83 49.77
6 Gianni Carabelli ITA 30 May 79 51.24
7 Ibrahima Maiga MLI 14 Mar 79 50.35
Naman Keita FRA 9 Apr 78 DQ 32.2.a 49.16
  Heats 25 August

Event Report: Men's 400m Hurdles 1st Round

Much of the preevent talk had focused on the US quartet but it was a great champion of a few years ago who caught the eye. Two-time former world champion Felix Sanchez has suffered a couple of injury-ravaged seasons and had almost become the forgotten man of the event, but the Dominican athlete gave a little nudge to his rivals, suggesting that he could still have a big role to play at the sharp end with an impressive heat five victory in a season’s best of 48.70.

Sanchez produced a trademark run and held off a late surge from the defending champion Bershawn Jackson, who worked hard down the home straight to ensure qualification in 48.87 after the American ran a conservative first half of the race.

The delighted Sanchez said: “I m back, totally healthy. I was ready already early in the season, but it was in my head. I had a good technical race, the fastest time. I beat Bershawn so that is a big  confidence boost. I always knew that when healthy I would be hard to beat.”

Olympic bronze medallist Naman Keita has suffered an erratic year but the Olympic bronze medallist enjoyed a positive outing to triumph in heat one. The high-stepping French athlete was always in control and hit 300m five metres clear of the field. He maintained his advantage down the home stretch and stopped the clock in 49.45. But world No6 LJ van Zyl of South Africa struggled to impose himself on the race and made a surprise first round exit. The South African, who won at the Golden League meeting in Rome in July, finished down in fifth in 49.71.

World No1 James Carter cruised to an impressive 49.52 heat victory and laid down a marker to his rivals he intends to go one better than the silver medal he won in Helsinki two years ago. Clearly running within himself the heavily-tattooed American finished comfortably ahead of Panamanian Bayano Kamani, who finished strongly in 49.67.

Heat three went to Olympic silver medallist Danny McFarlane. The Jamaican benefited from an aggressive first half of the race and won in 48.91. By contrast American Kerron Clement chose to start off steadily and was forced to work a little harder than he would have wanted in the latter stages to secure second in 49.07.

Japanese hopeful Dai Tamesue, a two-time world bronze medallist, faded down the home straight and finished sixth in 49.67, while new Canadian find Adam Kunkel maintained the momentum of a splendid breakthrough season by taking victory in heat four in 49.03 from Greek European champion Periklis Iakovakis (49.10).

The semi-finals are scheduled to start tomorrow (Sunday) at 21.45 local time.

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  Heat 1
1 Derrick Williams USA 25 Mar 82 49.65 Q
2 Marek Plawgo POL 25 Feb 81 49.66 Q
3 Meng Yan CHN 30 Sep 80 49.66 Q
4 LJ van Zyl RSA 20 Jul 85 49.71
5 Raphael Fernandes BRA 8 Nov 84 50.33
6 Allan Ayala GUA 7 Jul 86 52.26
7 Jonnie E. Lowe HON 1 Oct 79 52.66
Naman Keita FRA 9 Apr 78 DQ 32.2.a 49.45
  Heat 2
1 James Carter USA 7 May 78 49.52 Q
2 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 49.67 Q
3 Gianni Carabelli ITA 30 May 79 49.81 Q
4 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 49.94 Q
5 Kurt Couto MOZ 14 May 85 50.06
6 Masahira Yoshikata JPN 23 Aug 82 50.59
Alwyn Myburgh RSA 13 Oct 80 DNF
  Heat 3
1 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.91 Q
2 Kerron Clement USA 31 Oct 85 49.07 Q
3 Javier Culson PUR 25 Jul 84 49.09 Q
4 Edivaldo Monteiro POR 28 Apr 76 49.66 Q
5 Aleksandr Derevyagin RUS 24 Mar 79 49.66 q
6 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 49.67
7 Dale Garland GBR 13 Oct 80 49.98
  Heat 4
1 Adam Kunkel CAN 24 Feb 81 49.03 Q
2 Periklis Iakovakis GRE 24 Mar 79 49.10 Q
3 Pieter de Villiers RSA 13 Jul 82 49.24 Q
4 Fadil Bellaabouss FRA 15 Jun 86 49.51 Q
5 Jonathan Williams BIZ 29 Aug 83 49.61 q
6 Mowen Boino PNG 16 Dec 79 52.45
Markino Buckley JAM 16 Apr 86 DNF
  Heat 5
1 Felix Sanchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.70 Q
2 Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 48.87 Q
3 Kenji Narisako JPN 25 Jul 84 48.92 Q
4 Isa Phillips JAM 22 Apr 84 49.38 Q
5 Ibrahima Maiga MLI 14 Mar 79 49.55 q
6 Joseph G. Abraham IND 11 Sep 81 49.64 q
7 Jose Maria Romera ESP 2 Sep 80 50.82
8 Haq Nawaz PAK 10 Sep 81 51.72

Heat 1 25 AUG 2007 20:45

2 898 Marek Plawgo POL POL 48.16 48.88
3 666 Jonnie Lowe HON HON 51.77 52.29
4 398 Raphael Fernandes BRA BRA 49.29 49.29
5 948 L.J. van Zyl RSA RSA 48.05 48.24
6 1155 Derrick Williams USA USA 48.26 48.26
7 660 Allan Ayala GUA GUA 51.20 51.20
8 570 Naman Keïta FRA FRA 48.17 48.90
9 442 Yan Meng CHN CHN 49.03 49.47

Heat 2 25 AUG 2007 20:52

2 840 Kurt Couto MOZ MOZ 49.12 49.12
3 692 Gianni Carabelli ITA ITA 48.84 49.11
4 1091 James Carter USA USA 47.43 47.72
5 881 Bayano Kamani PAN PAN 47.84 48.70
6 761 Masahira Yoshikata JPN JPN 48.66 49.53
7 763 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ KAZ 48.46 49.71
8 939 Alwyn Myburgh RSA RSA 48.09 48.64

Heat 3 25 AUG 2007 20:59

2 914 Javier Culson PUR PUR 49.07 49.07
3 589 Dale Garland GBR GBR 49.79 49.79
4 720 Danny McFarlane JAM JAM 48.00 48.52
5 1093 Kerron Clement USA USA 47.24 47.80
6 952 Aleksandr Derevyagin RUS RUS 49.12 49.12
7 756 Dai Tamesue JPN JPN 47.89 48.73
8 911 Edivaldo Monteiro POR POR 49.10 49.57

Heat 4 25 AUG 2007 21:06

2 934 Pieter de Villiers RSA RSA 48.46 48.89
3 710 Markino Buckley JAM JAM 49.24 49.24
4 558 Fadil Bellaabouss FRA FRA 49.29 49.29
5 426 Adam Kunkel CAN CAN 48.24 48.24
6 1061 Ali Obaid Shirook UAE UAE 52.31 52.31
7 888 Mowen Boino PNG PNG 50.37 51.03
8 654 Periklís Iakovákis GRE GRE 47.82 48.35
9 368 Jonathan Williams BIZ BIZ 48.88 48.88

Heat 5 25 AUG 2007 21:13

2 752 Kenji Narisako JPN JPN 47.93 49.01
3 490 Felix Sánchez DOM DOM 47.25 48.86
4 722 Isa Phillips JAM JAM 48.51 48.51
5 520 José María Romera ESP ESP 49.34 50.63
6 880 Haq Nawaz PAK PAK    
7 1106 Bershawn Jackson USA USA 47.30 48.13
8 675 Joseph G. Abraham IND IND 49.52 49.52
9 835 Ibrahim Maïga MLI MLI 49.13 49.13

Event preview: Men's 400m Hurdles

The American quartet is expected to dominate the 400m hurdles.

Defending champion Bershawn Jackson was one of the most impressive winners at the last World Championships in Helsinki, but with 48.13, he is only the third quickest of the US athletes this year.

Leading the rankings is the powerful James Carter (47.72) but he is yet to win a major title after taking silver at the last World Championships and twice finishing fourth at the Olympic Games.

Kerron Clement is the second fastest man in the world this year and he will be keen to make up for the disappointment of finishing fourth in Helsinki two years ago. The American challenge is completed by Derrick Williams (48.26).

Commonwealth Games champion LJ van Zyl (RSA) is another potential medallist and showed his ability by taking some notable scalps to win in Rome earlier this summer.

Twice world bronze medallist, Dai Tamesue (JPN), will be given huge support from the home fans in Osaka, while European champion Periklis Iakovakis (GRE) will be seeking to return to his 2006 form.

Two-time champion Felix Sanchez (DOM) will attract bags of interest as he searches to rediscover the form that took him to world titles in Edmonton and Paris and the Olympic title in Athens.

Osaka 2007 News Team




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