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1987 World Championships in Athletics Rome, Italy

1987 2nd IAAF World Championships - Rome - Men's 100m

 

 

Host City: Rome, Italy Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to second round) (Aug 29)
Dates: August 28 – September 6, 1987 Format: Second round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 29)
Nations participating: 159 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 30)
Athletes participating: 1451
    Main venue: Stadio Olimpico
Overview by IAAF   stadio olimpico rome 
Rome was to see the first meeting of the year of the world’s two most exciting athletes, defending champion Lewis versus the World Indoor Champion Johnson. The Canadian had beaten the American 3-0 in 1986, but Lewis wasted no time in confirming his form by registering the fastest-ever first round clocking, 10.05. He was even quicker in the semis. Johnson also won his semi with an impressive start and pickup. Johnson and Lewis were drawn next to one another in the final. With his unusually fast start, Canadian gained an instant metre’s lead over Lewis, and he increased this by half as much again at halfway. None of the other finalists was near. It soon became clear that even Lewis’s renowned finish would make little impression on the Johnson, who stopped the stadium clock at a stunning 9.84. This was corrected to 9.83, a full one tenth quicker than the previous world record which Lewis equalled. Detailed analysis of the race showed that Johnson’s start made the difference.
 His reaction time (originally reported as 0.129 but actually 0.109) was 0.085 quicker than that of Lewis, and he reached halfway in 5.53 (Lewis 5.64). The American made up just 0.01 in the second 50m. Johnson took 46.2 strides during the race compared with 44.6 by Lewis. “I did not do what I had to do out of the blocks,” said Lewis immediately after the race. “Ben is a great runner. He set a world record and ran a great race. He deserved to win today.” Others were less generous with their comments. Johnson’s feat provoked rumours of drug-taking for the remainder of the World Championships. In 1988, Johnson crossed the line first at the Olympic Games in 9.79, with Lewis again in second place. Three days later it was announced that he had tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. The scandal led the Canadian Federal Government to establish the (Dubin) Commission of Inquiry into the widespread use of performance-enhancing substances. Throughout 1989, the inquiry heard testimonies from Johnson and others. The Canadian admitted that he had used steroids, testosterone and human growth hormone since 1981, but had not initially realised they were banned substances. That was in June 1989, then at the September IAAF Congress it was agreed that Johnson should lose his world title and world record from Rome 1987. Lewis therefore retained his title from Helsinki and effectively equalled the world record of the time.
 

These are the official results of the Men's 100 metres event at the 1987 IAAF World Championships in Rome, Italy. There were a total number of 56 participating athletes, with seven qualifying heats and the final held on Sunday 30 August 1987.

Ben Johnson of Canada initially won the final in a world record time of 9.83 seconds, but he was disqualified by the IAAF on 30 September 1989 after he admitted to the use of performance-enhancing drugs between 1981 and 1988.

Records

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Calvin Smith (USA) 9.93 Colorado Springs, USA July 3, 1983
Championship Record  Carl Lewis (USA) 10.07 Helsinki, Finland August 8, 1983
 
 
  100m 30 August 1.0
  Final
1 Carl Lewis USA 1 Jul 61 9.93  
2 Ray Stewart JAM 18 Mar 65 10.08  
3 Linford Christie GBR 2 Apr 60 10.14  
4 Attila Kovács HUN 2 Sep 60 10.20  
5 Viktor Bryzgin URS 22 Aug 62 10.25  
6 Lee McRae USA 23 Jan 66 10.34  
7 Pierfrancesco Pavoni ITA 21 Feb 63 16.23  
Ben Johnson CAN 30 Dec 61 DQ 32.2.b 9.83
  Semifinals 30 August
  Heat 1 -0.3
2 Linford Christie GBR 10,25  
3 Pierfrancesco Pavoni ITA 10,33  
4 Lee McRae USA 10,37  
5 Andreas Berger AUT 10,37  
6 Eric Akogyiram GHA 10,40  
7 Andrew Smith JAM 10,41  
8 Aleksandr Yevgenyev URS 10,51  
1 Ben Johnson CAN 10,15 DQ
  Heat 2 -1.3
               
1 Carl Lewis USA 10,03  
2 Raymond Stewart JAM 10,12  
3 Attila Kovacs HUN 10,22  
4 Viktor Bryzgin URS 10,23  
5 Andres Simon CUB 10,24  
6 Chidi Imoh NGR 10,29  
7 Mike McFarlane GBR 10,38  
8 Valentin Atanasov BUL 10,53  
  Quarterfinals 29 August
  Heat 1 -2.9
1 Carl Lewis USA 10,38  
2 Linford Christie GBR 10,40  
3 Attila Kovacs HUN 10,52  
4 Robson Caetano Da Silva BRA 10,53  
5 Christian Haas FRG 10,65  
6 Ronald Desruelles BEL 10,69  
7 Ricardo Chacon CUB 10,70  
8 Vladimir Muravyov URS 10,80  
  Heat 2 -1.5
1 Viktor Bryzgin URS 10,29  
2 Andreas Berger AUT 10,35  
3 Mike McFarlane GBR 10,35  
4 Max Moriniere FRA 10,39  
5 Charles-Louis Seck SEN 10,43  
6 Desai Williams CAN 10,43  
7 Hsin-Fu Cheng TPE 10,53  
8 Harouna Pale BKF 10,67  
  Heat 3 -0.1
1 Chidi Imoh NGR 10,20  
2 Lee McRae USA 10,21  
3 Pierfrancesco Pavoni ITA 10,28  
4 Eric Akogyiram GHA 10,31  
5 Valentin Atanasov BUL 10,37  
6 Hiroki Fuwa JPN 10,38  
7 Achmed De Kom NED 10,45  
8 Joilto Bonfim BRA 10,46  
  Heat 4 -0.4
1 Raymond Stewart JAM 10,14  
3 Andres Simon CUB 10,23  
4 Aleksandr Yevgenyev URS 10,37  
5 Andrew Smith JAM 10,37  
6 Javier Arques ESP 10,46  
7 Mustapha Kamel Selmi ALG 10,48  
8 Patrick Nwankwo NGR 10,49  
2 Ben Johnson CAN 10,14 DQ
  Heats 29 August
  Heat 1 1.8
1 Raymond Stewart JAM 10,23  
2 Ronald Desruelles BEL 10,39  
3 Mike McFarlane GBR 10,39  
4 Hsin-Fu Cheng TPE 10,41  
5 Mark Witherspoon USA 10,65  
6 Leandro Penalver CUB 10,65  
7 Earl Hazel STK 10,96
8 Robert Loua GUI 11,09
  Heat 2 1.3
1 Max Moriniere FRA 10,29  
2 Aleksandr Yevgenyev URS 10,33  
3 Andres Simon CUB 10,34  
4 Lee McRae USA 10,34  
5 Christian Haas FRG 10,39  
6 Oussen Issa Allassane BEN 10,68  
7 Ziad Hanna LIB 11,04  
8 Amawi Mohd Eid Ismail PAL 11,56  
  Heat 3 0.4
1 Robson Caetano Da Silva BRA 10,42  
2 Achmed De Kom NED 10,49  
3 Vladimir Muravyov URS 10,53  
4 Harouna Pale BKF 10,68  
5 Theophile Nkounkou CGO 10,89  
- Allan Wells GBR DNS  
- Greg Barnes ISV DNS  
- Youssouf Ali COM DNS
  Heat 4 1.6
1 Pierfrancesco Pavoni ITA 10,24  
2 Viktor Bryzgin URS 10,25  
3 Linford Christie GBR 10,29  
4 Hiroki Fuwa JPN 10,43  
5 Tao Li CHN 10,52  
6 Julien Thode AHO 10,69  
7 Oscar Fernandez PER 11,04  
8 Alan Zammit MLT 11,32  
  Heat 5 1.5
2 Andrew Smith JAM 10,39  
3 Javier Arques ESP 10,41  
4 Charles-Louis Seck SEN 10,43  
5 Patrick Nwankwo NGR 10,43  
6 Mustapha Kamel Selmi ALG 10,48  
7 Rodney Cox TKS 11,18  
8 Gilbert Bessi MON 11,77  
1 Ben Johnson CAN 10,24 DQ
  Heat 6 1.5
1 Carl Lewis USA 10,05  
2 Attila Kovacs HUN 10,26  
3 Valentin Atanasov BUL 10,39  
4 Ricardo Chacon CUB 10,43  
5 Dirk Schweisfurth FRG 10,50  
6 Arnaldo Abrantes POR 10,64  
7 Rick Hiram NAU 11,37  
- Trevor Davis ANG DNS
  Heat 7 2.5
1 Chidi Imoh NGR 10,22  
2 Andreas Berger AUT 10,22  
3 Desai Williams CAN 10,30  
4 Eric Akogyiram GHA 10,37  
5 Joilto Bonfim BRA 10,41  
6 Jerome Jeremiah VAN 10,81  
7 Ibrahim Mohamed-Waheed MLD 11,48  
- Takale Tuna PNG DNS  
 

Heat 1 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Hsin-Fu Cheng TPE TPE    
  Ronald Desruelles BEL BEL    
  Earl Hazel SKN SKN    
  Robert Loua GUI GUI    
  Mike McFarlane GBR GBR    
  Leandro Peñalver CUB CUB 10.06  
  Raymond Stewart JAM JAM 10.19  
  Mark Witherspoon USA USA 10.04 10.04

Heat 2 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Issa Allassane Oussen BEN BEN    
  Christian Haas FRG FRG 10.16  
  Ziad Hanna LBN LBN    
  Mohd Eid Ismail Amawi PLE PLE    
  Lee McRae USA USA 10.07 10.07
  Max Moriniére FRA FRA 10.09 10.09
  Andrés Simón CUB CUB 10.06 10.06
  Aleksandr Yevgenyev URS URS    

Heat 3 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Youssouf Ali COM COM    
  Greg Barnes ISV ISV    
  Robson da Silva BRA BRA 10.02 10.20
  Achmed De Kom NED NED    
  Vladimir Muravyov URS URS    
  Théophile Nkounkou CGO CGO 10.28  
  Harouna Palé BUR BUR 10.42  
  Allan Wells GBR GBR 10.11  

Heat 4 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Viktor Bryzgin URS URS 10.33  
  Linford Christie GBR GBR    
  Oscar Fernandez PER PER 10.59  
  Hiroki Fuwa JPN JPN    
  Tao Li CHN CHN 10.26  
  Pierfrancesco Pavoni ITA ITA 10.22  
  Julien Thode AHO AHO    
  Alan Zammit MLT MLT 11.25  

Heat 5 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  José Javier Arqués ESP ESP 10.21  
  Gilbert Bessi MON MON    
  Rodney Cox TKS TKS    
  Ben Johnson CAN CAN 10.40  
  Patrick Nwankwo NGR NGR    
  Charles-Louis Seck SEN SEN 10.19  
  Mustapha Kamel Selmi ALG ALG 10.34 10.34
  Andrew Smith JAM JAM    

Heat 6 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Arnaldo Abrantes POR POR 10.44  
  Valentin Atanasov BUL BUL 10.63  
  Ricardo Chacon CUB CUB    
  Trevor Davis AIA AIA 11.53  
  Rick Hiram NRU NRU    
  Attila Kovács HUN HUN 10.09 10.09
  Carl Lewis USA USA 9.97  
  Dirk Schweisfurth FRG FRG    

Heat 7 29 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Eric Akogyiram GHA GHA    
  Andreas Berger AUT AUT    
  Joilto Bonfim BRA BRA    
  Chidi Imoh NGR NGR 10.00  
  Jerome Jeremiah VAN VAN 10.66  
  Ibrahim Mohamed-Waheed MDV MDV    
  Takale Tuna PNG PNG    
  Desai Williams CAN CAN 10.31
 

 

 

 

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