1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Men's 100m

 

 

Host City: Athens. Greece Format: First round (First 3 & 9 fastest to second round) (Aug 2)
Dates: August 1–10. 1997 Format: Second round (First 2 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 2)
Nations participating: 198 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 3)
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
Training partners Boldon and Greene ran sensational times in the second round. Boldon threw away the chance of a world record when he eased up for a 9.87 clocking. the fastest ever heat time and just 3/100ths away from Bailey’s world record. while Greene finished second in a personal best equalling 9.90. Greene duplicated that time to win his semi just ahead of defending champion Bailey (9.91). Boldon taking his in the most casual looking 10.00 ever seen. In the final. though. Boldon – claiming he suffered from cramp – was not a factor. Greene. who hadn’t even reached the semi-finals in Gothenburg. dominated the race from the outset. He was 8/100ths ahead of a slow starting Bailey after 10m and finished 5/100ths clear in 9.86 to move to equal third on the world all-time list. It was his fifth legal mark of 9.90 or faster that season. an unprecedented display of high level consistency. With Montgomery edging Fredericks for the bronze. the USA was riding high again in the world of sprinting. “I said I would bring American sprinting back to the top and this was the start of achieving that aim.” said Greene.
 These are the results of the Men's 100 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens. Greece.
 
  100m 3 August 0.2

Event report men 100m final

Maurice Greene of the USA equalled the World Championships’ record of 9.86, set by Carl Lewis in Tokyo in 1991, to become the first USA World or Olympic 100m champion since Lewis’ Tokyo triumph. Canada’s Donovan Bailey could not retain his title, clocking 9.91 in second place. Tim Montgomery of the USA was third in 9.94. Greene and Montgomery’s medals are the first USA men’s 100m medals in a major championship since the World Championships in 1993 when Andre Cason was second to Linford Christie. Greene, in lane three, had a superb start, with Frank Fredericks beside him in lane 2 also getting away well. Bailey in lane 4 was still trailing at the half way point while Montgomery in lane 7 was closing on the Canadian. From 60m Greene opened up a gap on Fredericks and although Bailey closed in the final stages, he could not catch the inspired American. Montgomery pipped Fredericks (9.95) for third in the last few strides while one of the pre-race favourites, Ato Boldon, ran well below his best and could only finish fifth in 10.02.
  Final
1 Maurice Greene USA 23 Jul 74 9.86  
2 Donovan Bailey CAN 16 Dec 67 9.91  
3 Tim Montgomery USA 28 Jan 75 9.94  
4 Frank Fredericks NAM 2 Oct 67 9.95  
5 Ato Boldon TTO 30 Dec 73 10.02  
6 Davidson Ezinwa NGR 22 Nov 71 10.10  
7 Bruny Surin CAN 12 Jul 67 10.12  
8 Michael Marsh USA 4 Aug 67 10.29  

Event report men 100m semi finals

With qualification completed, the final of the men’s 100m still looks likely to be a close battle between four men - USA’s Maurice Greene, the defending champion Donovan Bailey of Canada, the Olympic silver medallist Frank Fredericks of Namibia and the Olympic bronze medallist, Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago. These four were the fastest qualifiers for this evening’s final. Semi-final 1: Boldon dominated the first heat. He capitalised on a good start and an excellent pick up - he was two metres ahead of the field by 50m. He was still that margin clear at the finish, and despite easing up and looking around, he crossed the line in 10.00. Mike Marsh, in the lane outside Boldon, started badly and had to make up a lot of ground in the second half of the race to claim third place in 10.21, just behind Davidson Ezinwa of Nigeria who held on for second in 10.15. Canada’s Bruny Surin was the fourth qualifier in 10.22. Semi-final 2: the second semi-final was a much closer affair, primarily between Greene and Bailey. Both got a good start but Bailey was away particularly well. Fredericks started badly and spent the rest of the race chasing his two rivals. He got close, but Bailey and Greene had eased up over the last 10 metres, looking at each other as they crossed the line. Greene got the verdict of a photo finish, winning with 9.90 to Bailey’s 9.91. Fredericks was third in 9.93 and USA’s Tim Montgomery claimed the fourth qualification spot in 10.08. Bailey’s time was his best of the year.
  Semifinals 3 August
  Heat 1 -0.8
1 Ato Boldon TTO 30 Dec 73 10.00  
2 Davidson Ezinwa NGR 22 Nov 71 10.15  
3 Michael Marsh USA 10.21
4 Bruny Surin CAN 10.22
5 Angelos Pavlakakis GRE 10.29
6 Obadele Thompson BAR 10.30
7 Emmanuel Tuffour GHA 10.33
8 Darren Campbell GBR 10.37
  Heat 2 0.5
1 Maurice Greene USA 23 Jul 74 9.90  
2 Donovan Bailey CAN 16 Dec 67 9.91  
3 Frank Fredericks NAM 2 Oct 67 9.93  
4 Tim Montgomery USA 28 Jan 75 10.08  
5 Eric Nkansah GHA 12 Dec 74 10.18  
6 Francis Obikwelu NGR 22 Nov 78 10.20  
7 Sayon Cooper LBR 10.30
8 Nobuharu Asahara JPN 10.33

Event report men 100m quarter finals

A head to head between this year’s two fastest sprinters in the first heat of the second round of the men’s 100m brought Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago a new national record and the world’s best time for 1997. His time, 9.87, is the fastest ever in a qualifying heat of a men’s 100m - only four men have ever run faster. USA’s Maurice Greene, just pipped at the line by Boldon, ran 9.90 for the third time this year, although Boldon, the Olympic 100m and 200m bronze medallist, appeared to be easing up in his last few strides. Two other men ran under 10.00 - both Tim Montgomery of the USA and Namibia’s Frank Fredericks ran 9.99. Montgomery beat Donovan Bailey in heat 3. The defending champion and world record holder suffered his second defeat in a qualifying heat in one day. He ran 10.10 after a bad start. Most of the other main contenders for places in tomorrow’s final qualified without difficulty, Canada’s Bruny Surin, the world silver medallist in 1995, with his best time of the year, 10.06. Seun Ogunkoya of Nigeria, who has run 9.97 this year, was eliminated. He injured a hamstring in the first round
  Quarterfinals 2 August
  Heat 1 1.3
1 Ato Boldon TTO 30 Dec 73 9.87  
2 Maurice Greene USA 23 Jul 74 9.90  
3 Andrey Fedoriv RUS 10.22
4 Harálabos Papadiás GRE 24 Jan 75 10.23  
5 Ian Mackie GBR 10.24
6 Marcin Krzywanski POL 10.33
7 Hiroyasu Tsuchie JPN 10.38
8 Chris Donaldson NZL 10.40
  Heat 2 0.4
1 Bruny Surin CAN 12 Jul 67 10.06  
2 Angelos Pavlakakis GRE 10.22
3 Luis Alberto Perez-Rionda CUB 10.25
4 Piotr Balcerzak POL 10.32
5 Prodromos Katsantonis CYP 10.33
6 Erik Wijmeersch BEL 10.34
7 Stephane Cali FRA 10.47
- Percival Spencer JAM DNS
  Heat 3 1.2
1 Tim Montgomery USA 28 Jan 75 9.99  
2 Donovan Bailey CAN 16 Dec 67 10.10  
3 Darren Campbell GBR 12 Sep 73 10.13  
4 Sayon Cooper LBR 10.21
5 Ryszard Pilarczyk POL 5 Nov 75 10.26  
6 Saad Al-Kuwari QAT 10.40
7 Peter Karlsson SWE 10.40
8 Andre Domingos Da Silva BRA 12.56
  Heat 4 -0.3
1 Michael Marsh USA 4 Aug 67 10.05  
2 Emmanuel Tuffour GHA 10.23
3 Jean-Olivier Zirignon CIV 10.25
4 Aleksandr Porkhomovskiy RUS 10.27
5 Seun Ogunkoya NGR 10.33
6 Donovan Powell JAM 10.35
7 Marlon Devonish GBR 10.37
8 Anninos Markoullides CYP 10.39
  Heat 5 -0.7
1 Eric Nkansah GHA 12 Dec 74 10.15  
2 Francis Obikwelu NGR 22 Nov 78 10.17  
3 Robert Esmie CAN 10.25
4 Patrick Stevens BEL 10.31
5 Sergejs Insakovs LAT 10.34
6 Stefano Tilli ITA 10.36
7 Jone Delai FIJ 10.47
8 Renward Wells BAH 10.57
  Heat 6 0.5
1 Frank Fredericks NAM 2 Oct 67 9.99  
2 Davidson Ezinwa NGR 22 Nov 71 10.11  
3 Nobuharu Asahara JPN 21 Jun 72 10.17  
4 Obadele Thompson BAR 10.21
5 Abdul Aziz Zakari GHA 10.29
6 Yiannis Zisimides CYP 10.37
7 Martin Lachkovics AUT 10.39
8 Carlos Calado POR 10.41

Event report men 100m heats

Despite a cluster of World Championships and Olympic medallists, the biggest roar of the first round of the men’s 100m was for Greece’s Mediterranean Games champion, Agelos Pavlakakis, who broke the national record and beat the world record holder and defending champion, Donovan Bailey, with his run of 10.11 in heat 4. Bailey ran 10.17, although he was easing up over the final few metres. Equal with Pavlakakis on time was Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic bronze medallist, Ato Boldon, the quickest of the medal contenders. All the leading runners of 1997 qualified for the quarter finals, to be held this evening. If Pavlakakis produced the biggest roar, his teammate, Alexandros Genovelis, produced the most bemusement. He arrived on the track as the rest of the athletes in heat 5 were already on the start line. The race was held up for five minutes while he prepared his blocks - he finished 6th in 10.58. There were two national records: by Pavlakis and by Sergejs Insakovs of Latvia, who ran 10.28; and one equal national record, Mohamed Amir of the Maldives, who ran 11.18 in heat 8.

  Heats 2 August
  Heat 1 0.7
1 Andre Domingos Da Silva BRA 10.28
2 Jean-Olivier Zirignon CIV 10.31
3 Chris Donaldson NZL 10.43
4 Carlton Chambers CAN 10.49
5 Paulo Neves POR 10.51
6 Pascal Dangbo BEN 10.78
7 Toluta'u Koula TON 10.85
8 Watson Nyambek MAS 11.60
  Heat 2 0.4
1 Marcin Krzywanski POL 10.37
2 Andrey Fedoriv RUS 10.38
3 Stephane Cali FRA 10.39
4 Torbjorn Maartensson SWE 10.46
5 Neil Ryan IRL 10.57
6 Tommy Kafri ISR 10.64
7 Patrick Mocci Raoumbe GAB 10.69
8 Nelson Kabitana SOL 11.61
  Heat 3 1.0
1 Maurice Greene USA 10.32
2 Peter Karlsson SWE 23 Nov 70 10.32  
3 Piotr Balcerzak POL 10.41
4 Per Ivar Sivle NOR 10.42
5 Dennis Mowatt JAM 10.52
6 Nigel Jones GRN 10.68
7 Antonio Serpas ESA 10.77
8 De-Von Bean BER 10.78
  Heat 4 1.4
1 Ággelos Pavlakákis GRE 7 Nov 76 10.11 NR NU23R
2 Donovan Bailey CAN 16 Dec 67 10.17  
3 Stefano Tilli ITA 22 Aug 62 10.25  
4 Marlon Devonish GBR 10.26
5 Renward Wells BAH 10.34
6 Martin Lachkovics AUT 25 Jan 75 10.34  
7 Ruslan Rusidze GEO 10.67
8 Albert Shaw Elston BIZ 11.13
  Heat 5 -0.6
1 Michael Marsh USA 4 Aug 67 10.16  
2 Patrick Stevens BEL 10.30
3 Anninos Markoullides CYP 10.35
4 Koji Ito JPN 10.46
5 Joseph Styles BAH 10.52
6 Alexandros Genovelis GRE 10.58
7 Wai Lok To HKG 10.67
8 Kim Collins STK 21.73
  Heat 6 0.4
1 Ato Boldon TTO 30 Dec 73 10.11  
2 Luis Alberto Perez-Rionda CUB 10.33
3 Ian Mackie GBR 10.42
4 Carlos Gats ARG 11 Dec 69 10.43  
5 Miguel Janssen ARU 10.47
6 Ibrahim Meite CIV 10.50
7 Carlos Moreno CHI 10.53
  Heat 7 0.5
1 Tim Montgomery USA 28 Jan 75 10.12  
2 Francis Obikwelu NGR 22 Nov 78 10.22  
3 Aziz Zakari GHA 2 Sep 76 10.26  
4 Sayon Cooper LBR 10.35
5 Ousmane Diarra MLI 10.42
6 Frutos Feo ESP 10.54
7 Heyeong-Gum Lee KOR 10.73
8 Mohammad M. Alam BAN 10.83
  Heat 8 -0.5
1 Seun Ogunkoya NGR 10.24
2 Charalambos Papadias GRE 10.32
3 Ryszard Pilarczyk POL 10.38
4 Issa-Aime Nthepe CMR 10.50
5 Tomaz Bozic SLO 10.64
6 Horace Dove-Edwin SLE 10.65
7 Mario Bonello MLT 10.92
8 Mohamed Amir MLD 11.18
  Heat 9 0.6
1 Frank Fredericks NAM 10.21
2 Alex Porkhomovski RUS 12 Aug 72 10.25  
3 Carlos Calado POR 10.26
4 Sergejs Inšakovs LAT 27 Dec 71 10.28 NR
5 Carlos Villasenor MEX 10.50
6 Gabriel Simon ARG 10.79
7 Maocha Mpho BOT 10.86
- Venancio Jose ESP DQ
  Heat 10 0.7
1 Eric Nkansah GHA 12 Dec 74 10.16  
2 Percy Spencer JAM 24 Feb 75 10.18  
3 Darren Campbell GBR 10.21
4 Yiannios Zisimides CYP 17 Aug 67 10.30  
5 Hiroyasu Tsuchie JPN 10.40
6 Laurence Jack VAN 10.97
7 Detrickson Anson FSM 11.47
- Igor Strakh UKR DNF
  Heat 11 -0.1
1 Nobuharu Asahara JPN 10.22
2 Obadele Thompson BAR 10.26
3 Jone Delai FIJ 10.32
4 Donovan Powell JAM 10.34
5 Chintake De Zoysa SRI 10.43
6 Anvar Kuchmuradov UZB 10.49
7 Norberto Nsue Ondo GEQ 11.65
8 Daniel Adachi PLW 11.90
  Heat 12 -0.3
1 Robert Esmie CAN 10.22
2 Davidson Ezinwa NGR 10.23
3 Emmanuel Tuffour GHA 10.24
4 Prodromos Katsantonis CYP 10.36
5 Augustine Nketia NZL 10.41
6 Ivan Slehobr CZE 10.55
7 Peter Pulu PNG 10.77
8 Trevor Davis ANG 11.07
  Heat 13 0.2
1 Bruny Surin CAN 10.32
2 Erik Wijmeersch BEL 10.43
3 Saad Al-Kuwari QAT 10.48
4 Juan Pedro Toledo MEX 10.56
5 Jose Illan ESP 10.60
6 Amarildo Almeida GBS 10.92
7 Hsin-Ping Huang TPE 11.09

Heat 1 02 AUG 1997 10:30

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Paulo Neves POR POR 10.30 10.30
2 Toluta'u Koula TGA TGA 10.56  
3 Carlton Chambers CAN CAN 10.30 10.33
4 Jean-Olivier Zirignon CIV CIV 10.20  
5 Pascal Dangbo BEN BEN 10.46  
6 Chris Donaldson NZL NZL 10.44 10.44
7 André da Silva BRA BRA 10.16 10.16
8 Watson Nyambek MAS MAS 10.38  

Heat 2 02 AUG 1997 10:36

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Tommy Kafri ISR ISR    
2 Andrey Fedoriv RUS RUS 10.31 10.47
3 Stéphane Cali FRA FRA    
4 Neil Ryan IRL IRL 10.78  
5 Torbjörn Mårtensson SWE SWE 10.32 10.32
6 Marcin Krzywanski POL POL    
7 Nelson Kabitana SOL SOL    
8 Patrick Mocci Raoumbé GAB GAB 10.73  

Heat 3 02 AUG 1997 10:42

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Maurice Greene USA USA 9.90 9.90
2 Peter Karlsson SWE SWE 10.18  
3 Per Ivar Sivle NOR NOR 10.31 10.31
4 DeVon Bean BER BER 10.27  
5 Dennis Mowatt JAM JAM    
6 Nigel Jones GRN GRN 10.45  
7 Edgardo A. Serpas ESA ESA    
8 Piotr Balcerzak POL POL    

Heat 4 02 AUG 1997 10:48

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Martin Lachkovics AUT AUT 10.55 10.55
2 Renward Wells BAH BAH 10.18  
3 Elston Albert Shaw BIZ BIZ    
4 Ruslan Rusidze GEO GEO    
5 Donovan Bailey CAN CAN 9.84 9.94
6 Marlon Devonish GBR GBR    
7 Stefano Tilli ITA ITA 10.16 10.46
8 Ággelos Pavlakákis GRE GRE    

Heat 5 02 AUG 1997 10:54

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Anninos Marcoullides CYP CYP 10.23 10.27
2 Michael Marsh USA USA 9.93 9.97
3 Koji Ito JPN JPN 10.21 10.34
4 Aléxandros Yenovélis GRE GRE 10.15  
5 Patrick Stevens BEL BEL 10.14 10.14
6 Joseph Styles BAH BAH    
7 Kim Collins SKN SKN 10.27  
8 To Wai Lok HKG HKG    

Heat 6 02 AUG 1997 11:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Carlos Moreno CHI CHI 10.25  
2 Luis Alberto Pérez-Rionda CUB CUB 10.18 10.18
3 Ato Boldon TTO TTO 9.89 9.89
4 Carlos Gats ARG ARG 10.25  
5 Ibrahim Meité CIV CIV 10.28 10.73
6 Ian Mackie GBR GBR 10.17 10.17
7 Miguel Janssen ARU ARU 10.46  

Heat 7 02 AUG 1997 11:06

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Tim Montgomery USA USA 9.92 9.92
2 Sayon Cooper LBR LBR 10.15 10.15
3 Aziz Zakari GHA GHA    
4 Mahbub Alam BAN BAN    
5 Francis Obikwelu NGR NGR 10.10 10.10
6 Heyeong-Gum Lee KOR KOR    
7 Frutos Feo ESP ESP 10.22 10.22
8 Ousmane Diarra MLI MLI 10.10  

Heat 8 02 AUG 1997 11:12

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Ryszard Pilarczyk POL POL    
2 Harálabos Papadiás GRE GRE 10.46  
3 Issa-Aimé Nthépé CMR CMR 10.35 10.35
4 Tomaz Božic SLO SLO    
5 Mario Bonello MLT MLT 10.66 10.66
6 Mohamed Amir MDV MDV    
7 Horace Dove-Edwin SLE SLE 10.48  
8 Seun Ogunkoya NGR NGR 9.97 9.97

Heat 9 02 AUG 1997 11:18

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Aleksandr Porkhomovskiy RUS RUS 10.12  
2 Venancio José ESP ESP 10.18  
3 Carlos Villaseñor MEX MEX 10.21 10.21
4 Carlos Calado POR POR 10.16 10.16
5 Gabriel Simón ARG ARG    
6 Frank Fredericks NAM NAM 9.86 9.91
7 Sergejs Inšakovs LAT LAT 10.42  
8 Maocha Mpho BOT BOT    

Heat 10 02 AUG 1997 11:24

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Percival Spencer JAM JAM 9.98 9.98
2 Darren Campbell GBR GBR 10.17 10.24
3 Laurence Jack VAN VAN    
4 Detrickson Anson FSM FSM    
5 Hiroyasu Tsuchie JPN JPN 10.58  
6 Igor Strakh UKR UKR    
7 Yiannakis Zisimides CYP CYP 10.11  
8 Eric Nkansah GHA GHA 10.23  

Heat 11 02 AUG 1997 11:30

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Daniel Adachi PLW PLW    
2 Chintake De Soysa SRI SRI 10.31  
3 Nobuharu Asahara JPN JPN 10.08 10.08
4 Jone Delai FIJ FIJ 10.26 10.26
5 Obadele Thompson BAR BAR 10.07 10.09
6 Anvar Kuchmuradov UZB UZB 10.41  
7 Donovan Powell JAM JAM 10.07 10.57
8 Norberto Nsue Ondo GEQ GEQ    

Heat 12 02 AUG 1997 11:36

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Emmanuel Tuffour GHA GHA 10.07  
2 Peter Pulu PNG PNG 10.40  
3 Robert Esmie CAN CAN 10.10 10.10
4 Augustine Nketia NZL NZL 10.11 10.51
5 Prodromos Katsantonis CYP CYP    
6 Trevor Davis AIA AIA 10.64  
7 Davidson Ezinwa NGR NGR 9.94 10.20
8 Ivan Šlehobr CZE CZE 10.24 10.24

Heat 13 02 AUG 1997 11:42

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 José Illán ESP ESP 10.32 10.32
2 Juan Pedro Toledo MEX MEX 10.32 10.32
3 Hsin-Ping Huang TPE TPE 10.41  
4 Saad Al-Kuwari QAT QAT    
5 Amarildo Almeida GBS GBS 10.85  
6 Bruny Surin CAN CAN 9.97 10.17
7 Erik Wijmeersch BEL BEL 10.17 10.17