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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's 400m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 3 & 9 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 26)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 27)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Sánchez had been unbeaten since before his Edmonton win and so was one of the biggest favourites in Paris. In his semi-final he appeared to ease off in mid-race before storming through with the day’s quickest time of 48.16, though Iakovákis had reduced his Greek record to 48.17 one race earlier. In the final Sánchez did not hold back. He was 5m ahead by the eighth barrier and went on to win by a Moses-like margin of 0.93. His time of 47.25 was the 10th-fastest ever. It looked as if Herbert might repeat his 1997 silver, but the South African fell at the final hurdle
 These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres hurdles event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 36 participating athletes, with five qualifying heats, three semi-finals and the final held on Friday August 29, 2003 at 22:05h.

Félix Sánchez went out with purpose, to defend his championship, taking a clear lead over the first hurdle. He never looked back, just continuing to extend his lead to win by almost a full second. His winning time of 47.25 turned out to be the lifetime personal record of the future double Olympic gold medalist. It was the number 7 time in history, at the time, and has only been surpassed once since, by .01 by 2008 gold medalist Angelo Taylor, though it was also tied by Kerron Clement as he won the 2016 Olympics (which name-checks all Olympic champions from this era, 2000-2016).

Behind Sánchez was the battle for the other medals. Immediately outside of Sánchez, Joey Woody started slower, so Sánchez made up the stagger and passed Woody between the second and third hurdle. The closest to Sánchez, immediately to his inside was Periklis Iakovakis. Through the final turn, Chris Rawlinson and Danny McFarlane began to pull even with Iakovakis. By the eighth hurdle, Llewellyn Herbert pulled even with McFarlane. Between the eighth and ninth hurdles, Herbert put on a burst that put a meter on everyone except Sánchez, with Woody moving into contention behind him. Herbert had a firm grasp on silver until he hit the tenth hurdle, sprawling him to the track. Woody was the next to clear the hurdle and finished strongly to take that silver, a meter ahead of Iakovakis.

 
  400m Hurdles 29 August
  Final

Event Report Men 400m Hurdles Final

Reigning world 400m hurdle champion Felix SANCHEZ (DOM) has dominated his event for more than two years, his last defeat coming on July 2, 2001. Tonight, in the World Championship final, things were no different.
 
Right from the gun he showed the field a clean pair of heels. By 200m he had a clear lead, while a number of hurdlers were pressing their claims to be the best of the rest with Greek Periklis IAKOVAKIS, American Joey WOODY and world number two Kemel THOMPSON of Jamaica all prominent.
 
By the top of the straight Sanchez's lead was secure, with Woody in second and Olympic bronze medallist Llewellyn HERBERT (RSA) making real inroads after a conservative approach in the first half of the race. Herbert accelerated off the ninth hurdle and looked like the only athlete able to dethrone Sanchez. Disaster struck at the final barrier, however, as Herbert caught the hurdle with his lead foot and went crashing to the track below. He punched the Mondo as he realised his dreams of gold were over.
 
In his absence Sanchez was untroubled on the run in as he flew to the line, stopping the clock at 47.25, a new personal best by a tenth of a second, and the 11th fastest time ever run.
 
Woody was able to hang on for second, one place better than he managed at the US Trials, in a time of 48.18.
 
Having run a new national record in the semi-final Iakovakis produced his second best time to come up with the bronze medal, 48.24.
 
An Olympic finalist in the flat 400m, the hurdling novice, Danny MCFARLANE (JAM), produced the best finish other than Sanchez and was unlucky to end up fourth, 48.30. This was his second personal best of the meeting. He came in with 48.65 and lowered that to 48.35 in the semi-finals.
 
Thompson and Commonwealth champion Chris RAWLINSON (GBR) were unable to match those in front of them in the closing stages and finished in fifth, 48.51, and sixth,48.90, respectively.
1 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 47.25 AR
2 Joey Woody USA 22 May 73 48.18  
3 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.24  
4 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.30  
5 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.51  
6 Chris Rawlinson GBR 19 May 72 48.90  
7 Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi QAT 30 Dec 77 52.64  
8 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 72.10  
  Semifinals 27 August
  Heat 1

Event Report Men 400m Hurdles Semi Final

Felix SANCHEZ of the Dominican Republic confirmed his status as overwhelming favourite to repeat his world championship 400m hurdles victory from 2001, as he won his semi-final here this evening in dominant fashion, recording the fastest time of the round, a, for him, comfortable 48.16.
 
Sanchez started with a bang and made up the stagger on Yevgeniy MELESHENKO (KAZ) by the second hurdle. Britain's Chris RAWLINSON was also away well and these two entered the home straight marginally ahead of South Africa's Alwyn MYBURGH.

But Myburgh had done too much too early and faded badly in the straight. Sanchez strode across the line with energy to spare, in 48.16, while Rawlinson claimed second, in 48.56, with Jamaica's Dean GRIFFITHS coming late for third in 48.64.
 
That was the same time as the French favourite Stephane DIAGANA, who finished fifth in the first semi. The Paris crowd would dearly love to see Diagana repeating his 1997 world championship victory in front of his home supporters, but he could only finish fifth in the first heat. He recorded a season's best of 48.64, but it wasn't good enough.
 
That race was won in a Greek national record time of 48.17 by Periklis IAKOVAKIS. He came strongly round the final bend and held off the challenge of USA's Joey WOODY, who was took the second automatic qualifying spot in a season's best 48.24, with Jamaica's Olympic finalist Danny MCFARLANE recording a personal best 48.35 to get him into the final.
 
Fourth place finisher Mubarak Faraj AL-NUBI (QAT) is also through, while Britain's Anthony BORSUMATO had a bad fall at hurdle eight, crashing down on the barrier and twisting his right ankle inside out as he landed.
 
The third heat was won by Jamaica's Kemel THOMPSON, in 48.33, with Olympic bronze medallist, Llewellyn HERBERT of South Africa coming second in 48.60 after a late surge to see off the Czech Republic's European silver medallist, Jiri MUZIK.

1 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.17 NR
2 Joey Woody USA 22 May 73 48.24  
3 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.35  
4 Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi QAT 30 Dec 77 48.53  
5 Stéphane Diagana FRA 23 Jul 69 48.64  
6 Boris Gorban RUS 26 Sep 78 49.42  
7 Mikael Jakobsson SWE 9 Jan 81 50.06  
Anthony Borsumato GBR 13 Dec 73 DNF  
  Heat 2
1 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.16  
2 Chris Rawlinson GBR 19 May 72 48.56  
3 Dean Griffiths JAM 27 Jan 80 48.64  
4 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 48.84  
5 Alwyn Myburgh RSA 13 Oct 80 48.98  
6 Štěpán Tesařík CZE 6 Jul 78 49.23  
7 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 49.37  
8 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 49.57  
  Heat 3
1 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.33  
2 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 48.60  
3 Jiří Mužík CZE 1 Sep 76 48.82  
4 Eric Thomas USA 1 Dec 73 49.00  
5 Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily KSA 30 Dec 76 49.25  
6 Ockert Cilliers RSA 21 Apr 81 49.32  
7 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP 7 Apr 78 50.06  
8 Sébastien Maillard FRA 2 May 81 50.70  
  Heats 26 August
  Heat 1

Event Report Men 400m Hurdles heats

Every one of the world's top ten competing in Paris qualified easily this evening from the first round of the men's 400m hurdles. The fastest time was 48.43, by reigning World Champion Felix SANCHEZ (DOM).
 
Sanchez, unbeaten since July last year, looked to be in scintillating form as he rounded the final bend well ahead of the rest of the field. He switched off with 20 metres to run, still finishing 0.32 seconds ahead of the Jamaican Dean GRIFFITHS.
 
The USA's Joey WOODY, third in the US Championships this year, enters the semi-finals as the second fastest qualifier, after winning his heat in 48.53. After going out hard in the first 100m, he was neck and neck with Chris RAWLINSON (GBR) at the ninth hurdle. Woody edged ahead of the Commonwealth Champion, who also qualified, in the final sprint for the line.
 
Three time Jamaican champion, Kemel THOMPSON, who probably has the best chance of upsetting Sanchez in the final, ran an excellent first 200m in his heat to cruise home in 48.63 in front of Jiri MUZIK. The Czech came home like a steam train after sitting back in sixth before the home straight.
 
In the final heat, it was the Olympic bronze medallist, Llewellyn HERBERT (RSA), surging ahead after the tenth hurdle, clocking 48.55 and ensuring himself a semi-final berth, ahead of the USA's 20-year-old Bershawn JACKSON, who was later disqualified.
 
Having not competed much this season, Olympic silver medallist Hadi AL-SOMAILY (KSA) could be the dark horse of the event, running a season's best 48.97 to qualify as a fastest loser.
1 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.76  
2 Eric Thomas USA 1 Dec 73 48.87  
3 Stéphane Diagana FRA 23 Jul 69 49.00  
4 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 49.45  
5 Ari-Pekka Lattu FIN 22 Jun 78 50.19  
6 Adam Kunkel CAN 24 Feb 81 50.68  
7 Michael Aguilar BIZ 9 Apr 79 51.33  
  Heat 2
1 Joey Woody USA 22 May 73 48.53  
2 Chris Rawlinson GBR 19 May 72 48.73  
3 Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi QAT 30 Dec 77 48.90  
4 Boris Gorban RUS 26 Sep 78 49.07  
5 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 49.08  
6 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP 7 Apr 78 49.37  
7 Edivaldo Monteiro POR 28 Apr 76 50.31  
8 Chen Tien-Wen TPE 1 Jun 78 51.42  
  Heat 3
1 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.63  
2 Jiří Mužík CZE 1 Sep 76 48.88  
3 Alwyn Myburgh RSA 13 Oct 80 48.92  
4 Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily KSA 30 Dec 76 48.97  
5 Anthony Borsumato GBR 13 Dec 73 49.16  
6 Mikael Jakobsson SWE 9 Jan 81 49.40  
7 Yacnier Luis CUB 24 Jan 82 49.73  
  Heat 4
1 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.43  
2 Dean Griffiths JAM 27 Jan 80 48.75  
3 Ockert Cilliers RSA 21 Apr 81 49.17  
4 Sébastien Maillard FRA 2 May 81 49.25  
5 Cédric El-Idrissi SUI 24 Mar 77 50.04  
6 Ken Yoshizawa JPN 7 Jul 78 50.34  
7 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 51.18  
  Heat 5
1 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 48.55  
2 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.86  
3 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 48.95  
4 Štěpán Tesařík CZE 6 Jul 78 49.09  
5 Victor Okorie NGR 10 Aug 81 49.66  
Ibrahima Maïga MLI 14 Mar 79 DQ  
Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 DQ  

Heat 1 26 AUG 2003 18:15

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 781 Dai Tamesue JPN JPN 47.89 48.94
3 1435 Eric Thomas USA USA 47.94 48.46
4 604 Periklís Iakovákis GRE GRE 48.25 48.25
5 122 Michael Aguilar BIZ BIZ 51.55 51.55
6 446 Ari-Pekka Lattu FIN FIN 49.36 49.36
7 462 Stéphane Diagana FRA FRA 47.37 48.68
8 209 Adam Kunkel CAN CAN 49.49 49.49

Heat 2 26 AUG 2003 18:22

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1103 Edivaldo Monteiro POR POR 49.36 49.36
2 527 Christopher Rawlinson GBR GBR 48.14 48.44
3 1447 Joey Woody USA USA 47.97 48.42
4 1117 Mubarak Faraj Al-Nubi QAT QAT 48.17  
5 476 Naman Keïta FRA FRA 48.86 48.86
6 1169 Boris Gorban RUS RUS 48.50 48.93
7 405 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP ESP 49.27 49.39
8 1327 Tien-Wen Chen TPE TPE 48.63  

Heat 3 26 AUG 2003 18:29

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 847 Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily KSA KSA 47.53 49.09
3 1147 Alwyn Myburgh RSA RSA 48.09 48.61
4 333 Jirí Mužík CZE CZE 48.27 48.63
5 1282 Mikael Jakobsson SWE SWE 49.38 49.86
6 744 Kemel Thompson JAM JAM 48.05 48.05
7 308 Yacnier Luis CUB CUB 49.22 49.71
8 510 Anthony Borsumato GBR GBR 48.90 49.12

Heat 4 26 AUG 2003 18:36

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 1266 Cédric El-Idrissi SUI SUI 49.10 49.10
3 1138 Ockert Cilliers RSA RSA 48.61 48.61
4 360 Felix Sánchez DOM DOM 47.35 47.80
5 1060 Bayano Kamani PAN PAN 48.43 49.82
6 730 Dean Griffiths JAM JAM 48.55 48.55
7 486 Sébastien Maillard FRA FRA 49.10 49.10
8 784 Ken Yoshizawa JPN JPN 48.98 49.79

Heat 5 26 AUG 2003 18:43

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 337 Stepan Tesarik CZE CZE 49.09 49.09
3 741 Danny McFarlane JAM JAM 48.65 48.65
4 792 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ KAZ 48.46 49.62
5 1019 Victor Okorie NGR NGR 49.19 49.19
6 1142 Llewellyn Herbert RSA RSA 47.81 48.50
7 951 Ibrahim Maïga MLI MLI 50.66 50.66
8 1405 Bershawn Jackson USA USA 48.23 48.23

 

 

 

  400m Hurdles 29 August
  Final
1 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 47.25 AR
2 Joey Woody USA 22 May 73 48.18  
3 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.24  
4 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.30  
5 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.51  
6 Chris Rawlinson GBR 19 May 72 48.90  
7 Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi QAT 30 Dec 77 52.64  
8 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 72.10  
  Semifinals 27 August
  Heat 1
1 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.17 NR
2 Joey Woody USA 22 May 73 48.24  
3 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.35  
4 Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi QAT 30 Dec 77 48.53  
5 Stéphane Diagana FRA 23 Jul 69 48.64  
6 Boris Gorban RUS 26 Sep 78 49.42  
7 Mikael Jakobsson SWE 9 Jan 81 50.06  
Anthony Borsumato GBR 13 Dec 73 DNF  
  Heat 2
1 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.16  
2 Chris Rawlinson GBR 19 May 72 48.56  
3 Dean Griffiths JAM 27 Jan 80 48.64  
4 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 48.84  
5 Alwyn Myburgh RSA 13 Oct 80 48.98  
6 Štěpán Tesařík CZE 6 Jul 78 49.23  
7 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 49.37  
8 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 49.57  
  Heat 3
1 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.33  
2 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 48.60  
3 Jiří Mužík CZE 1 Sep 76 48.82  
4 Eric Thomas USA 1 Dec 73 49.00  
5 Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily KSA 30 Dec 76 49.25  
6 Ockert Cilliers RSA 21 Apr 81 49.32  
7 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP 7 Apr 78 50.06  
8 Sébastien Maillard FRA 2 May 81 50.70  
  Heats 26 August
  Heat 1
1 Periklís Iakovákis GRE 24 Mar 79 48.76  
2 Eric Thomas USA 1 Dec 73 48.87  
3 Stéphane Diagana FRA 23 Jul 69 49.00  
4 Dai Tamesue JPN 3 May 78 49.45  
5 Ari-Pekka Lattu FIN 22 Jun 78 50.19  
6 Adam Kunkel CAN 24 Feb 81 50.68  
7 Michael Aguilar BIZ 9 Apr 79 51.33  
  Heat 2
1 Joey Woody USA 22 May 73 48.53  
2 Chris Rawlinson GBR 19 May 72 48.73  
3 Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi QAT 30 Dec 77 48.90  
4 Boris Gorban RUS 26 Sep 78 49.07  
5 Naman Keïta FRA 9 Apr 78 49.08  
6 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez ESP 7 Apr 78 49.37  
7 Edivaldo Monteiro POR 28 Apr 76 50.31  
8 Chen Tien-Wen TPE 1 Jun 78 51.42  
  Heat 3
1 Kemel Thompson JAM 25 Sep 74 48.63  
2 Jiří Mužík CZE 1 Sep 76 48.88  
3 Alwyn Myburgh RSA 13 Oct 80 48.92  
4 Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily KSA 30 Dec 76 48.97  
5 Anthony Borsumato GBR 13 Dec 73 49.16  
6 Mikael Jakobsson SWE 9 Jan 81 49.40  
7 Yacnier Luis CUB 24 Jan 82 49.73  
  Heat 4
1 Félix Sánchez DOM 30 Aug 77 48.43  
2 Dean Griffiths JAM 27 Jan 80 48.75  
3 Ockert Cilliers RSA 21 Apr 81 49.17  
4 Sébastien Maillard FRA 2 May 81 49.25  
5 Cédric El-Idrissi SUI 24 Mar 77 50.04  
6 Ken Yoshizawa JPN 7 Jul 78 50.34  
7 Bayano Kamani PAN 17 Apr 80 51.18  
  Heat 5
1 Llewellyn Herbert RSA 21 Jul 77 48.55  
2 Danny McFarlane JAM 14 Jun 72 48.86  
3 Yevgeniy Meleshenko KAZ 19 Jan 81 48.95  
4 Štěpán Tesařík CZE 6 Jul 78 49.09  
5 Victor Okorie NGR 10 Aug 81 49.66  
Ibrahima Maïga MLI 14 Mar 79 DQ  
Bershawn Jackson USA 8 May 83 DQ  
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