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1987 World Championships in Athletics Rome, Italy

1987 2nd IAAF World Championships - Rome - Men's 400m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Rome, Italy Format: First round (First 2 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 30)
Dates: August 28 – September 6, 1987 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 31)
Nations participating: 159
Athletes participating: 1451
    Main venue: Stadio Olimpico
Overview by IAAF   stadio olimpico rome 
While Helsinki provided Moses with an opportunity to exhibit his crushing domination, Rome saw the American retain his title by a thrillingly narrow margin. Moses’s win streak had been brought to an end by fellow American Harris the previous June. Schmid, meanwhile, had been in the form of his life, with two sub-48 clockings earlier in the summer. Drawn inside his two great rivals in the final, Moses went off quickly and held a 2m lead from Schmid on the final bend. The American, 32 the day before, surged further ahead in the finishing straight. Harris drew level with Schmid and the two gained on Moses down the homestraight. It was clear that the American would not enjoy his usual margin of victory, but it was not until after the tenth hurdle that Schmid and Harris sensed they too had a chance to win. Their final touchdown times, according to IAF’s scientific report, were Moses 42.15, Schmid 42.32 and Harris 42.42. Harris finished strongest, and the three crossed the finish line together. At first sight, Moses looked the winner, but the television replay, which revealed the desperate dips of all three men, caused second thoughts. Finally the announcer confirmed the result, in which the first five placings were the same as at the Olympics in Los Angeles three years earlier. Moses was the only one to maintain only 13 strides between all the hurdles.
These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres Hurdles event at the 1987 IAAF World Championships in Rome, Italy. There were a total number of 47 participating athletes, with six qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Tuesday 1987-09-01.

Summary

After 122 consecutive victories, Edwin Moses's winning streak was finally broken in June by Danny Harris. Harris was in lane 5, while Moses was in lane three. Between them was Harald Schmid, the man who had last beaten Moses at the beginning of the streak. Surrounding them were the usual suspects of 1980's long hurdling.

From the gun, Moses took the race out hard, making up the stagger to catch Schmid just past the fourth hurdle. Harris was also out fast but not as aggressively as Moses, taking hurdles one stride behind. Running his famous 13 steps, Moses pulled away through the final turn as Schmid accelerated to keep pace. He had a two-metre lead coming of the 9th hurdle with Schmid passing Harris as Harris took the hurdle leaning back. Moses maintained his lead over the final hurdle as Harris fought back to a slight advantage against Schmid. But Moses was struggling to maintain his stride, Harris had the momentum and Schmid was responding to the challenge. The gap was disappearing as all three were fighting to get to the line. Moses dived for the line in desperation, Harris maintained form and Schmid gave a textbook lean reminiscent of Colin Jackson to try to get ahead. In the closest 400 metres hurdles race in World Championship history, Moses saved the victory in 47.46, while Harris and Schmid were given the same time of 47.48, with Harris getting the knod for silver.

After 11 years of chasing Moses, it was a European record and personal best for Schmid. Schmid's record would last almost 8 years and still ranks #16 on the all-time list. It was a World Championship record for Moses.

  400m Hurdles 1 September
  Final
1 Edwin Moses USA 31 Aug 55 47.46  
2 Danny Harris USA 7 Sep 65 47.48  
3 Harald Schmid FRG 29 Sep 57 47.48 NR AR
4 Sven Nylander SWE 1 Jan 62 48.37  
5 Amadou Dia Bâ SEN 22 Sep 58 48.37  
6 Henry Amike NGR 4 Oct 61 48.63  
7 Kriss Akabusi GBR 28 Nov 58 48.74  
8 José Alonso ESP 12 Feb 57 49.46  
  Semifinals 31 August
  Heat 1
1 Harald Schmid FRG 48,23  
2 Danny Harris USA 48,24  
3 Sven Nylander SWE 48,46  
4 Henry Amike NGR 48,50  
5 David Patrick USA 48,56  
6 Winthrop Graham JAM 48,64  
7 Shem Ochako KEN 49,87  
8 Max Robertson GBR 49,90  
  Heat 2
1 Edwin Moses USA 48,38  
2 Amadou Dia Ba SEN 48,53  
3 Kriss Akabusi GBR 48,64  
4 Jose Alonso ESP 49,00  
5 Thomas Nyberg SWE 49,03  
6 Toma Tomov BUL 49,11  
7 Ryoichi Yoshida JPN 49,39  
- Aleksandr Vasilyev URS DNF  
  Heats 30 August
  Heat 1
1 Edwin Moses USA 49,03  
2 Henry Amike NGR 49,56  
3 Ryoichi Yoshida JPN 49,87  
4 Simon Kitur KEN 50,30  
5 Martin Gillingham GBR 50,64  
6 Michel Zimmerman BEL 50,70  
7 Pedro Chiamulera BRA 50,71
- Victor Lima Raimundo STP DNS
  Heat 2
1 Danny Harris USA 48,74  
2 Max Robertson GBR 49,73  
3 Shem Ochako KEN 49,86  
4 Gilles Vimbert FRA 50,34  
5 Thomas Futterknecht AUT 50,44  
6 Pablo Squella CHI 50,73  
7 Edgar Itt FRG 51,18  
- Prince Dowai SLE DNS  
  Heat 3
1 Harald Schmid FRG 49,28  
2 Kriss Akabusi GBR 49,36  
3 Aleksandr Vasilyev URS 49,99  
4 Joseph Maritim KEN 50,04  
5 Angelo Locci ITA 51,15  
6 Shigenobu Ohmori JPN 51,20  
7 Rok Kopitar YUG 51,53  
8 Ilan Goldwasser ISR 52,54
  Heat 4
1 Sven Nylander SWE 49,95  
2 Amadou Dia Ba SEN 50,02  
3 Uwe Schmitt FRG 50,54  
4 Rik Tommelein BEL 50,63  
5 Jasem Goma'an Al-Duaillah KUW 50,97  
6 Krasimir Demirev BUL 51,07  
7 Jozef Kucej TCH 51,13  
8 Wilfredo Ferrer VEN 53,03  
  Heat 5
1 Toma Tomov BUL 49,27  
2 Winthrop Graham JAM 49,34  
3 Jose Alonso ESP 49,42  
4 Randy Cox TRI 50,14  
5 Philippe Gonigam FRA 50,38  
6 Daniel Ogidi NGR 50,51  
7 Klaus Ehrle AUT 50,91  
8 Ahmed Abdelhalim Ghanem EGY 51,35
  Heat 6
1 Thomas Nyberg SWE 50,06  
2 David Patrick USA 50,10  
3 John Graham CAN 50,23  
4 Greg Rolle BAH 50,63  
5 Stanislav Navesnak TCH 50,65  
6 Athanasios Kalogiannis GRE 51,94  
7 Ken Gordon AUS 52,22  

Heat 1 31 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Anna Ambraziené URS URS 54.02  
  Sabine Busch GDR GDR 53.24 53.24
  Nawal El Moutawakel MAR MAR 54.61  
  Tania Fernandez CUB CUB    
  Barbara Johnson IRL IRL    
  Jenny Laurendet AUS AUS    
  Mariam Zewde ETH ETH    

Heat 2 31 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Semra Aksu TUR TUR    
  Debbie Flintoff-King AUS AUS 53.76 53.95
  Helene Huart FRA FRA    
  Maria João Lopes POR POR 58.12 58.12
  LaTanya Sheffield USA USA    
  Irmgard Trojer ITA ITA    
  Christina Wennberg SWE SWE    

Heat 3 31 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Judi Brown-King USA USA 54.23 54.23
  Gerda Haas AUT AUT 56.86 56.86
  Helga Halldorsdottir ISL ISL    
  Tuija Helander-Kuusisto FIN FIN 56.55  
  Pilavulakandi T. Usha IND IND 55.42  
  Maria Usifo NGR NGR 55.16  
  Marie Womplou CIV CIV    

Heat 4 31 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Gudrun Abt FRG FRG    
  Genowefa Blaszak POL POL 54.27  
  Liliana Chala ECU ECU    
  Maria Do Carmo Fialho BRA BRA 57.20 57.20
  Margarita Khromova-Ponomaryova URS URS    
  Gwen Wall CAN CAN 56.68  
  Schowonda Williams USA USA 55.65  

Heat 5 31 AUG 1987

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1987
  Sandra Farmer-Patrick JAM JAM 56.05  
  Cornelia Feuerbach-Ullrich GDR GDR 53.58 53.58
  Sally Fleming AUS AUS    
  Cristina Pérez ESP ESP    
  Fatimata Podie BUR BUR    
  Erika Szopori HUN HUN 56.90 56.90
  Rose Tata-Muya KEN KEN 55.94 55.94

 

 

 

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