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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 100m

 

 

Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 3 & 8 fastest to second round) (Aug 25)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007 Format: Second round (First 4 to semi-finals) (Aug 25)
Nations participating: 200 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 26)
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
There were two principals, Gay who had run 9.84 in the US Championships, while world record holder Powell, recovering from an injury, had a 9.90 to his credit from July. After Devonish had been fastest in the heats, the quarter-finals saw the contenders easing back, as Powell ran 10.01, coming off the throttle at 60m. In the semi-finals Powell again shut down, and was headed by Atkins, while Gay won the other race in 10.00. A feature of the preliminaries was the failure of Gay’s comaptriots. Jelks was injured and Samuels eliminated in the quarter-finals. For the first time in world championship 100m history, athletes from eight different countries qualified for the final. In the big race Powell was off quicker than his rivals, and he was a half metre ahead by 30m (3.83 for Powell, 3.86 for Gay), with Atkins a fraction behind the American. Powell still held the lead by two hundredths at 60m (6.42), but the Jamaican was beginning to tense up. Gay caught him at 70m, before surging away to win from Atkins, who himself caught Powell just after 90m. The Jamaican admitted that he “just panicked and tightened up“, while Gay noted that “at about 70m I knew I had a great chance of winning.” The winner ran the two halves of his race in 5.59 and 4.26 compared with 5.62/4.29 by Atkins and 5.57/4.39 Powell.
 The 100 metres at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Nagai Stadium on August 25 and August 26.

Records

World Record  Asafa Powell (JAM) 9.77 Athens, Greece 14 June 2005
Gateshead, England 11 June 2006
Zurich, Switzerland 18 August 2006
Championship Record  Maurice Greene (USA) 9.80 Seville, Spain 22 August 1999
 
 
  100m 26 August -0.5
  Final

Event report: Men's 100m Final

The fastest man in the world this year, Tyson Gay, confirmed his status and took the 100 metres World title in 9.85sec, just 0.01 off his lifetime best. Second was Derrick Atkins, of the Bahamas, in a national record of 9.91 while Asafa Powell, the champion in waiting, had to content himself with bronze.

“Today I was a little bit nervous,” admitted Gay. “My mother and Jon Drummond kept telling me ‘Just believe in your top speed’. So I stayed relaxed and even though I had a bad start and Asafa was in front of me after 60m I saw that I could catch him – and it worked!

“A new PB, a national record and a silver. I stuck to my race plan and it has come right,” said Atkins. “I was aiming for the gold, but I’m happy to take silver.”

“I was ready to go,” said Powell. “But I made a couple of mistakes. My blocks stumbled and I could not accelerate well. That was planned to be my race because I’m in great shape. When I realised he was coming, things were beginning to be bad for me.”

No one who had seen the early rounds could have foreseen the result. While Powell was calm and fluency, Gay seemed to be working hard. But it was all an illusion, as the man from Fayetteville, Kentucky, roared past the Jamaican at just past the halfway mark, stretching his arms wide and his mouth opening into a roar of triumph as he sped across the line, punching the air.

Ever since he ran Powell close in Stockholm, Atkins had looked like the only man in the field who could trouble either of the favourites, and so it proved as he found an extra gear to put daylight between himself and the world record-holder.

That makes Gay the eighth US winner of the 100m since the World Championships started in Helsinki in 1983. Despite being his country’s sole representative in the final, he upheld his country’s dominant tradition just when the word was spreading in Osaka that maybe American sprinting was not that hot after all.

Before the start, Powell prowled as Gay sat on the track talking to himself. When they lined up and the haunting Japanese horns introduced the start of the race, Gay was trying to calm himself, breathing deeply. Powell looked down at the track while Atkins looked most composed of all as he stared calmly towards the finish.

As the gun cracked, it was a clean start and the three medallists got away in unison. At the pickup it was Powell who took an early lead, but then Gay’s battling style brought him back into contention and he forged ahead pursued by Atkins to the first global gold of his career.

In two days' time, Gay’s coach, Lance Brauming, comes out of jail, where he is serving a sentence for fraud. Gay's gold and Brauming's release must be the rarest combination ever in the history of sport.  

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 9.85
2 Derrick Atkins BAH 5 Jan 84 9.91
3 Asafa Powell JAM 23 Nov 82 9.96
4 Olusoji Fasuba NGR 9 Jul 84 10.07
5 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 10.08
6 Marlon Devonish GBR 1 Jun 76 10.14
7 Matic Osovnikar SLO 19 Jan 80 10.23
8 Marc Burns TTO 7 Jan 83 10.29
  Semifinals 26 August
 
  Heat 1 0.3
1 Derrick Atkins BAH 5 Jan 84 10.04 Q
2 Asafa Powell JAM 23 Nov 82 10.08 Q
3 Matic Osovnikar SLO 19 Jan 80 10.17 Q
4 Marc Burns TTO 7 Jan 83 10.21 Q
5 Kim Collins SKN 5 Apr 76 10.21
6 Craig Pickering GBR 16 Oct 86 10.29
7 Brendan Christian ANT 11 Dec 83 10.29
8 Nobuharu Asahara JPN 21 Jun 72 10.36
  Heat 2 0.1
1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 10.00 Q
2 Marlon Devonish GBR 1 Jun 76 10.12 Q
3 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 10.15 Q
4 Olusoji Fasuba NGR 9 Jul 84 10.18 Q
5 Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 4 Sep 82 10.19
6 Anson Henry CAN 9 Mar 79 10.20
7 Nesta Carter JAM 11 Oct 85 10.28
8 Clement Campbell JAM 19 Dec 75 10.28
  Quarterfinals 25 August

Event report: Men’s 100m Quarter Finals

The medal favourites were untroubled in this second-round outing, with the world record-holder, Asafa Powell, of Jamaica, blowing away the cobwebs while the season’s fastest, Tyson Gay, of the United States, tested the water for half the distance before throttling back. The two men remain on course to clash in tomorrow night's final.

Derrick Atkins (BAH) seemed slightly overawed at starting next to Powell, but he still set the second fastest time of the round. 

Powell opted to give it half gas in the first heat and came home an easy winner in 10.01sec. Maybe it was the effect of having potential medallist, Atkins, alongside but the Jamaican flew out of the blocks while Atkins got a below-par start that left him trailing. Once he had achieved half velocity and a clear gap, Powell relaxed and Atkins finally found his stride to come through for second (10.02). In third, Matic Osovnikar (SLO) established a national record 10.13, with the host country’s Nobuharu Asahara snatching the last qualifying slot.

Gay’s riposte came in heat two as he came with a rush to clock 10.06 pursued by Britain’s Marlon Devonish. Olusuji Fasuba (NGR) and Clement Campbell (JAM) also went through.

Churandy Martina (AHO) took heat three in 10.10 while after a slow start Britain’s Mark Lewis-Francis came through to snatch second in a season’s best 10.17. As he went through the line the Briton appeared to stumble and stub a toe. Despite limping for a few steps he appeared to recover before leaving the track, waving away medical help. Anson Henry (CAN) also clocked a season’s best of 10.20 in third with Jamaican Nesta Carter fourth.

In the final heat, two of the slowest starters in the field, Britain’s Craig Pickering and Trinidad’s Marc Burns, sped through to share the same time of 10.21 with Burns easing as he approached the line. The last two qualifying spots went to Brendan Christian (ANT) and former champion Kim Collins (SKN), who had only gone through to this round as fastest loser in the morning.  

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

  Heat 1 0.8
1 Asafa Powell JAM 23 Nov 82 10.01 Q
2 Derrick Atkins BAH 5 Jan 84 10.02 Q
3 Matic Osovnikar SLO 19 Jan 80 10.13 Q
4 Nobuharu Asahara JPN 21 Jun 72 10.16 Q
5 Rosario La Mastra ITA 2 Jan 84 10.32
6 Dariusz Kuc POL 24 Apr 86 10.37
7 Martial Mbandjock FRA 14 Oct 85 10.39
8 Richard Thompson TTO 7 Jun 85 10.44
  Heat 2 -0.5
1 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 10.06 Q
2 Marlon Devonish GBR 1 Jun 76 10.13 Q
3 Olusoji Fasuba NGR 9 Jul 84 10.24 Q
4 Clement Campbell JAM 19 Dec 75 10.28 Q
5 Simone Collio ITA 27 Dec 79 10.31
6 Keston Bledman TTO 8 Mar 88 10.33
7 Angel David Rodriguez ESP 25 Apr 80 10.39
8 Jan Zumer SLO 9 Jun 82 10.44
  Heat 3 -0.6
1 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 10.10 Q
2 Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 4 Sep 82 10.17 Q
3 Anson Henry CAN 9 Mar 79 10.20 Q
4 Nesta Carter JAM 11 Oct 85 10.23 Q
5 J-Mee Samuels USA 20 May 87 10.29
6 Patrick Johnson AUS 26 Sep 72 10.29
7 Sherwin Vries RSA 22 Mar 80 10.36
8 Florin Suciu ROU 18 May 83 10.41
  Heat 4 -0.3
1 Craig Pickering GBR 16 Oct 86 10.21 Q
2 Marc Burns TTO 7 Jan 83 10.21 Q
3 Brendan Christian ANT 11 Dec 83 10.26 Q
4 Kim Collins SKN 5 Apr 76 10.30 Q
5 Naoki Tsukahara JPN 10 May 85 10.31
6 Vicente de Lima BRA 4 Jun 77 10.38
7 Henry Vizcaino CUB 16 May 80 10.40
8 Joshua Ross AUS 9 Feb 81 10.42
  Heats 25 August

Event Report: Men's 100m 1st round

Normally a formality, the Men's 100m first round had its share of shocks as European champion Francis Obikwelu was disqualified, Qatar's sub-10 performer Samuel Francis limped out and Mark Jelks, a 10.02sec fourth placer in the US trials, also pulled up injured.

Otherwise, world record holder Asafa Powell (JAM) looked impressive, while rival for gold Tyson Gay (USA) qualified in routine fashion. Former champion Kim Collins (SKN) went through as a fastest loser (10.34)

In heat one Nobuharu Asahara (JPN) took an early opportunity to beat Gay, claiming a season’s best 10.14 in the process. Gay was second in 10.19. The third qualifier by right was Sherwin Vries (RSA). Collins was fourth and obliged to wait and see if he went through as fastest loser.

The second heat saw the Antilles’ Brendan Christian also register a season’s best 10.16, with Craig Pickering (GBR; 10.24) and Derrick Atkins (BAH, 10.25), taking the qualifying slots by right.

The sensation came in heat three as Obikwelu, the Olympic silver medallist, was disqualified for a second false start. Britain’s Marlon Devonish won in 10.13 into a -1.5 wind, and easing up. Matic Osovnikar (SLO) and Simon Collio (ITA) followed the Briton home.

There was more upset in heat four as Jelks pulled up and jogged in last. Richard Thompson (TRI) crossed the line first in 10.29. Anson Henry (CAN) and Angel David Rodriguez (ESP) progressed by right.

Cuba’s Henry Vizcaino won heat five, breaking the beam in 10.21, qualifying along with Clement Campbell (JAM) and Vicente de Lima (BRA).

World record-holder Powell eased through heat six in second, the honours gong to Trinidad’s Keston Bledman (10.29). French hope for the future Martial Mbandjock was third.

There followed another shock in the next heat, as Francis, an expected finallist, jogged out of the blocks and pulled up injured in a race won by Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (10.17). The hosts' Naoki Tsukahara caused a stir in second (PB 10.20) with Australia’s Patrick Johnson third.

The eighth and final heat was won by Churandy Martina (AHO) in 10.16 with Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR) and Marc Burns (TRI) going forward to the next round.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

  Heat 1 1,0
1 Nobuharu Asahara JPN 21 Jun 72 10.14 Q
2 Tyson Gay USA 9 Aug 82 10.19 Q
3 Sherwin Vries RSA 22 Mar 80 10.30 Q
4 Kim Collins SKN 5 Apr 76 10.34 q
5 Jose Carlos Moreira BRA 28 Sep 83 10.46
6 Muhammad Patoniah INA 24 Jun 89 10.92
7 Tyrone Omar NMA 2 Aug 87 11.00
8 Iowane Dovumatua FIJ 18 Jan 88 11.09
9 Tim Natua KIR 30 May 90 11.51
  Heat 2 1,0
1 Brendan Christian ANT 11 Dec 83 10.16 Q
2 Craig Pickering GBR 16 Oct 86 10.24 Q
3 Derrick Atkins BAH 5 Jan 84 10.25 Q
4 Olusoji Fasuba NGR 9 Jul 84 10.27 q
5 Sandro Viana BRA 26 Mar 77 10.46
6 Darren Gilford MLT 11 Dec 82 10.92
7 Keiron Rogers AIA 8 Sep 88 11.05
8 Reginaldo Micha Ndong GEQ 14 Oct 86 11.59
9 Tika Ram Tharu NEP 27 Jul 73 11.83
  Heat 3 -1.5
1 Marlon Devonish GBR 1 Jun 76 10.13 Q
2 Matic Osovnikar SLO 19 Jan 80 10.21 Q
3 Simone Collio ITA 27 Dec 79 10.22 Q
4 Gibrilla Pato Bangura SLE 10 May 85 10.50
5 Beranger Bosse CAF 13 Mar 85 10.59
6 Jaye Jaye Capelle NRU 8 Jan 84 11.02
7 Pao Hin Fong MAC 27 Oct 85 11.21
Francis Obikwelu POR 22 Nov 78 DQ
  Heat 4 -1.5
1 Richard Thompson TTO 7 Jun 85 10.29 Q
2 Anson Henry CAN 9 Mar 79 10.31 Q
3 Angel David Rodriguez ESP 25 Apr 80 10.37 Q
4 Idrissa Sanou BUR 12 Jun 77 10.61
5 Franklin Nazareno ECU 24 Apr 87 10.73
6 Chris Meke Walasi SOL 18 May 80 11.07
7 Sloane Sanitoa ASA 7 May 91 12.64
8 Mark Jelks USA 10 Apr 84 13.64
  Heat 5 -0.1
1 Henry Vizcaino CUB 16 May 80 10.21 Q
2 Clement Campbell JAM 19 Dec 75 10.31 Q
3 Vicente de Lima BRA 4 Jun 77 10.34 Q
4 J-Mee Samuels USA 20 May 87 10.39 q
5 Wilfried Bingangoye GAB 25 Mar 85 10.53
6 Yahya Ibrahim Hassan KSA 24 Apr 84 10.65
7 Aisea Tohi TGA 15 Apr 87 11.10
8 Muhammad Haziq Haji Awang BRU 1 Aug 89 11.22
  Heat 6 1.5
1 Keston Bledman TTO 8 Mar 88 10.29 Q
2 Asafa Powell JAM 23 Nov 82 10.34 Q
3 Martial Mbandjock FRA 14 Oct 85 10.36 Q
4 Florin Suciu ROU 18 May 83 10.38 q
5 Holder da Silva GBS 22 Jan 88 10.68
6 Ruslan Abbasov AZE 24 Jun 86 10.72
7 Boris Savic MNE 16 Jan 85 10.88
8 Moussa Camara GUI 82 11.49
9 Odingo Gordon MNT 18 Nov 82 11.58
  Heat 7 -0.1
1 Nesta Carter JAM 11 Oct 85 10.17 Q
2 Naoki Tsukahara JPN 10 May 85 10.20 Q
3 Patrick Johnson AUS 26 Sep 72 10.25 Q
4 Rosario La Mastra ITA 2 Jan 84 10.27 q
5 Sebastien Gattuso MON 28 Jun 71 10.55
6 Jurgen Themen SUR 26 Oct 85 10.96
7 Jack Howard FSM 21 Jul 81 11.03
8 Dayne O'Hara NFI 20 Jul 89 11.86
Samuel Francis QAT 27 Mar 87 DNF
  Heat 8 -1,0
1 Churandy Martina AHO 3 Jul 84 10.16 Q
2 Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 4 Sep 82 10.21 Q
3 Marc Burns TTO 7 Jan 83 10.22 Q
4 Joshua Ross AUS 9 Feb 81 10.34 q
5 Dariusz Kuc POL 24 Apr 86 10.42 q
6 Jan Zumer SLO 9 Jun 82 10.45 q
7 Mounir Mahadi CHA 29 Nov 86 11.24
8 Walid Anwari AFG 17 Aug 86 11.75

Heat 1 25 AUG 2007 12:10

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 729 Nobuharu Asahara JPN JPN 10.02 10.15
2 386 José Carlos Moreira BRA BRA 10.16 10.16
3 781 Tim Natua KIR KIR 11.81  
4 870 Tyrone Omar NMI NMI 10.81 10.81
5 542 Iowane Dovumatua FIJ FIJ 10.75 10.75
6 947 Sherwin Vries RSA RSA 10.08 10.27
7 674 Muhammad Patoniah INA INA    
8 1100 Tyson Gay USA USA 9.84 9.84
9 989 Kim Collins SKN SKN 9.98 10.27

Heat 2 25 AUG 2007 12:17

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 303 Kieron Rogers AIA AIA 11.02 11.02
2 387 Sandro Viana BRA BRA 10.28 10.28
3 314 Brendan Christian ANT ANT 10.11 10.24
4 836 Darren Gilford MLT MLT 10.54 10.66
5 347 Derrick Atkins BAH BAH 9.95 9.95
6 591 Craig Pickering GBR GBR 10.14 10.14
7 854 Tika Ram Tharu NEP NEP    
8 611 Reginaldo Micha Ndong GEQ GEQ 10.96 11.53
9 857 Olusoji A. Fasuba NGR NGR 9.85 10.16

Heat 3 25 AUG 2007 12:24

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 694 Simone Collio ITA ITA 10.19 10.19
3 912 Francis Obikwelu POR POR 9.86 10.06
4 586 Marlon Devonish GBR GBR 10.06 10.06
5 990 Gibrilla Pato Bangura SLE SLE 10.31 10.37
6 994 Matic Osovnikar SLO SLO 10.14 10.19
7 806 Hin Fong Pao MAC MAC 11.26 11.26
8 415 Berenger Aymard Bossé CAF CAF 10.38 10.38
9 874 JJ Capelle NRU NRU 11.16 11.52

Heat 4 25 AUG 2007 12:31

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 1051 Richard Thompson TTO TTO 10.09 10.09
3 422 Anson Henry CAN CAN 10.12 10.30
4 414 Idrissa Sanou BUR BUR 10.14 10.39
5 1107 Mark Jelks USA USA 10.02 10.04
6 1000 Chris Meke Walasi SOL SOL 10.78 11.15
7 321 Sloane Sanitoa ASA ASA    
8 492 Franklin Nazareno ECU ECU 10.22 10.22
9 519 Ángel David Rodríguez ESP ESP 10.18 10.18

Heat 5 25 AUG 2007 12:38

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 469 Henry Vizcaíno CUB CUB 10.18 10.18
3 411 Muhammad Haziq Haji Awang BRU BRU    
4 1042 Aisea Tohi TGA TGA 11.11 11.11
5 388 Vicente de Lima BRA BRA 10.13 10.14
6 711 Clement Campbell JAM JAM 10.02 10.02
7 792 Yahya Hassan I. Habeeb KSA KSA 10.28 10.28
8 581 Wilfried Bingangoye GAB GAB 10.48 10.48
9 1137 J-Mee Samuels USA USA 10.08 10.22

Heat 6 25 AUG 2007 12:45

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 930 Florin Suciu ROU ROU 10.24 10.24
2 609 Holder Ocante Da Silva GBS GBS 10.67 10.67
3 717 Asafa Powell JAM JAM 9.77 9.90
4 1047 Keston Bledman TTO TTO 10.14 10.14
5 837 Boris Savic MNE MNE 10.87 10.87
6 838 Odingo Gordon MNT MNT 11.53  
7 564 Martial Mbandjock FRA FRA 10.16 10.16
8 661 Moussa Camara GUI GUI    
9 346 Ruslan Abbasov AZE AZE 10.28 10.28

Heat 7 25 AUG 2007 12:52

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 712 Nesta Carter JAM JAM 10.11 10.11
2 326 Patrick Johnson AUS AUS 9.93 10.17
3 741 Naoki Tsukahara JPN JPN 10.23 10.23
4 839 Sébastien Gattuso MON MON 10.57 10.57
5 920 Samuel Francis QAT QAT 9.99 9.99
6 698 Rosario La Mastra ITA ITA 10.28 10.28
7 580 Jack Howard FSM FSM 10.86  
8 855 Dayne O'Hara NFI NFI 11.54  
9 1014 Jurgen Themen SUR SUR 11.05 11.05

Heat 8 25 AUG 2007 12:59

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 894 Dariusz Kuć POL POL 10.17 10.30
3 434 Mounir Mahadi CHA CHA 11.08 11.19
4 324 Joshua Ross AUS AUS 10.08 10.08
5 1048 Marc Burns TTO TTO 9.96 10.20
6 302 Churandy Martina AHO AHO 10.04 10.06
7 594 Mark Lewis-Francis GBR GBR 10.04 10.19
8 991 Jan Žumer SLO SLO 10.21 10.34
9 301 Waleed Anwari AFG AFG 11.68

Event preview: Men's 100m

So far this season the headlines have been shared between Tyson Gay (USA) and Jamaica's Asafa Powell. Gay has been the more eye-catching of the two with his 9.84sec/19.62sec double at the US Championships, and he even threatened the World record with a wind-assisted 9.76 (+2.2) in New York. Powell hasn't been quite as spectacular (with a season's best of  9.90), but has gone under 10.00 in three of his five outings.

But of late both men have suffered a dip in form and, though continuing in a winning vein, have looked human. In London, in a much hyped world record attempt, Gay failed to break 10.00, while in Stockholm rising Bahamian star Derrick Atkins gave Powell a scare by running him close, losing by the narrowest of margins. With credentials of a 9.83w clocking and 9.95 legal, Atkins may prove the man most likely to upset the favourites.

Although he has had a quiet season (sb10.06), Olympic silver medallist and fourth-place finisher in Helsinki, Francis Obikwelu (POR) has been keeping his powder dry for the big one, while newcomer and former Nigerian Samuel Francis (QAT) took the Asian championships in a sizzling 9.99.

Jamaica's Clement Campbell (sb10.02), Britain's Marlon Devonish (sb10.06) and the host's Nobuharu Asahara (sb10.15) could all be in the mix for final places.

Osaka 2007 News Team

 

 

 

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