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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 400m

 

 

Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 3 & 3 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 28)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 29)
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
A lifetime best of 43.50 in Stockholm just before the championships showed the condition of defending champion Wariner. The American easily won both heat and semi-final. Taylor and Merritt were the other semi-final winners, suggesting that the three medals would travel America’s way. Indeed the standard of the heats was higher than ever with marks of 45.44, 45.47 and 45.50 not good enough for a place in the semi-finals, from which Commonwealth Champion Steffensen was eliminated, despite running 44.95. Merritt, with Wariner in his sights, was just ahead at halfway in the final thanks to a second 100 of 10.11. However, Wariner produced a superb third 100m of 10.66 to lead by a metre at 300m. He flowed imperiously to a five-metre win in a personal best of 43.45, and third place on the world all-time list. Merritt produced his first sub-44 clocking with 43.96, while Taylor held off Brown for the bronze. For the second World Championships, the Bahamian placed fourth with a national record. In Helsinki it was 44.48 and Osaka 44.45.
 The men's 400 metres at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Nagai Stadium on 28, 29 and 31 August.
 
  400m 31 August
  Final

Event report: Men’s 400m Final

American number two LaShawn Merritt had promised he was not in the race to be second best to anyone and he made a bold attempt at making good his words.

But Olympic and World champion, Jeremy Wariner, was in a different class and went away down the straight, defending his title in a personal best 43.45.

That time moves Wariner up one place in the World all-time list to be third in his own right, ahead of Quincy Watts. Only Michael Johnson and Butch Reynolds have run faster.

“I had a great finish,” commented Wariner. “I knew I could set a PB. I’m fulfilling step by step all my goals. The world record, it will come when it comes. Today means a lot to me.”

Merritt was rewarded for his temerity with a personal best 43.96 for silver while the 2000 Olympic 400m hurdles champion, Angelo Taylor, also USA, took bronze. They did it at the Olympics but this was the first 400m clean sweep for the US at a World Championships.

“I need to stay more relaxed in the last 100m,” said Merritt. “I must not tighten up on the home stretch but that is what I did.”

“I just tried to run my own race,” said the bronze medallist. “But got out too fast and got to pay for that in the last 100m.”

Wariner had run the first half of the previous rounds conservatively, but not in the final.

As they entered the back straight, Merritt on his inside was matching him stride for stride with Taylor clear in third.

With 200m to go Merritt attempted to get on terms and as they entered the final straight was on the defending champion’s shoulder.

From here on in, Wariner is normally untouchable and this was to prove no exception.

Forging ahead with his usual composure he increased his lead over Merritt who could only glance occasionally at his team-mate going away.

Behind the medallists Christopher Brown of the Bahamas ran a fine race and was rewarded with a national record of 44.45.

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1 Jeremy Wariner USA 31 Jan 84 43.45
2 LaShawn Merritt USA 27 Jun 86 43.96
3 Angelo Taylor USA 29 Dec 78 44.32
4 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 44.45
5 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 44.59
6 Tyler Christopher CAN 3 Oct 83 44.71
7 Johan Wissman SWE 2 Nov 82 44.72
8 Avard Moncur BAH 2 Nov 78 45.40
  Semifinals 29 August
 
  Heat 1
1 Angelo Taylor USA 29 Dec 78 44.45 Q
2 Johan Wissman SWE 2 Nov 82 44.56 Q
3 Avard Moncur BAH 2 Nov 78 44.86 q
4 Nery Brenes CRC 25 Sep 85 45.14
5 Sean Wroe AUS 18 Mar 85 45.25
6 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 45.41
7 Arismendy Peguero DOM 7 Aug 80 45.54
8 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 45.60
  Heat 2
1 Jeremy Wariner USA 31 Jan 84 44.34 Q
2 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 44.52 Q
3 Ato Stephens TTO 19 Jun 79 45.12
4 Gary Kikaya COD 4 Feb 80 45.14
5 Ricardo Chambers JAM 7 Oct 84 45.18
6 David Gillick IRL 9 Jul 83 45.37
7 California Molefe BOT 12 Mar 80 45.47
8 William Collazo CUB 31 Aug 86 45.54
  Heat 3
1 LaShawn Merritt USA 27 Jun 86 44.31 Q
2 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 44.46 Q
3 Tyler Christopher CAN 3 Oct 83 44.47 q
4 John Steffensen AUS 30 Aug 82 44.95
5 Andrae Williams BAH 11 Jul 83 45.40
6 Tim Benjamin GBR 2 May 82 46.17
7 Young Talkmore Nyongani ZIM 2 Sep 83 46.23
Sanjay Ayre JAM 19 Jun 80 DNF
  Heats 28 August

Event report: Men’s 400m 1st Round

Jeremy Wariner safely negotiated the opening round of the 400m, breaking as he hit the line first in his heat in 45.10.

His compatriot Lionel Harry, third in the US trials, was not so lucky, pulling up at 350m and limping off with suspected cramp. In the pool for the 4x400m, his place may now be in jeopardy.

German champion and European indoor silver, Bastian Swillims, also failed to advance, despite setting a personal best 45.44.

Other than that, it was a morning without incident for the quarter milers, the track giving some indication of what to expect when Chris Brown of the Bahamas effortlessly came within 0.02 of his PB in the first heat.

Four national records, seven PBs and 12 season’s bests were a rich harvest for just one round, leading to speculation about what Wariner might do when the running gets serious.

LaShawn Merritt and Angelo Taylor make up what could well be an American clean sweep while Gary Kikaya (COD), Ricardo Chambers (JAM), Tyler Christopher (CAN), Sanjay Ayre (JAM) and John Steffensen (AUS) encountered no problems.

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  Heat 1
1 Chris Brown BAH 15 Oct 78 44.50 Q
2 John Steffensen AUS 30 Aug 82 44.82 Q
3 Arismendy Peguero DOM 7 Aug 80 44.92 Q
4 Bastian Swillims GER 9 Dec 82 45.44
5 Rennie Quow TTO 25 Aug 87 45.70
6 Marcin Marciniszyn POL 7 Sep 82 45.83
7 Dimitrios Regas GRE 17 Sep 86 46.22
8 Takeshi Fujiwara ESA 5 Aug 85 46.92
  Heat 2
1 Jeremy Wariner USA 31 Jan 84 45.10 Q
2 Avard Moncur BAH 2 Nov 78 45.27 Q
3 David Gillick IRL 9 Jul 83 45.35 Q
4 Martyn Rooney GBR 3 Apr 87 45.47
5 Lewis Banda ZIM 16 Sep 82 45.47
6 Brice Panel FRA 13 Jun 83 46.02
7 Felix Martinez PUR 4 Feb 85 46.86
8 Abdulla Mohamed Hussein SOM 7 Dec 87 50.54
9 Herman Lopez NCA 12 Feb 85 50.72
  Heat 3
1 Alleyne Francique GRN 6 Jun 76 44.95 Q
2 Leslie Djhone FRA 18 Mar 81 45.17 Q
3 Ricardo Chambers JAM 7 Oct 84 45.34 Q
4 Andrew Steele GBR 19 Sep 84 45.54
5 Rafal Wieruszewski POL 24 Feb 81 45.94
6 Carlos Santa DOM 7 Jan 78 45.99
7 Clemens Zeller AUT 2 Jul 84 46.06
Yuzo Kanemaru JPN 18 Sep 87 DNF
  Heat 4
1 LaShawn Merritt USA 27 Jun 86 44.78 Q
2 Johan Wissman SWE 2 Nov 82 44.94 Q
3 Andrae Williams BAH 11 Jul 83 45.31 Q
4 Young Talkmore Nyongani ZIM 2 Sep 83 45.40 q
5 Eric Milazar MRI 1 Jun 75 46.55
6 Andres Silva URU 27 Mar 86 46.79
7 Dalibor Spasovski MKD 9 Jul 82 48.63
8 Karar Al-Abodi IRQ 8 Aug 86 48.95
  Heat 5
1 Gary Kikaya COD 4 Feb 80 45.21 Q
2 Sanjay Ayre JAM 19 Jun 80 45.28 Q
3 Tim Benjamin GBR 2 May 82 45.44 Q
4 Chris Lloyd DMA 10 Oct 80 45.46
5 Vladislav Frolov RUS 24 Jul 80 45.69
6 Ioan Vieru ROU 4 Jan 79 46.78
7 Mathieu Gnaligo BEN 13 Dec 86 47.51
8 Nicolaverne Palanca ANG 15 Nov 88 48.60
  Heat 6
1 Nery Brenes CRC 25 Sep 85 45.01 Q
2 Angelo Taylor USA 29 Dec 78 45.13 Q
3 William Collazo CUB 31 Aug 86 45.29 Q
4 California Molefe BOT 12 Mar 80 45.36 q
5 Michael Blackwood JAM 29 Aug 76 45.44 q
6 Yuki Yamaguchi JPN 22 Feb 84 46.28
7 Jonathon Lavers GIB 5 Sep 86 47.97
8 Ivano Bucci SMR 1 Dec 86 48.07
Ali Babiker Nagmeldin SUD 22 Feb 86 DNF
  Heat 7
1 Tyler Christopher CAN 3 Oct 83 45.15 Q
2 Ato Stephens TTO 19 Jun 79 45.22 Q
3 Sean Wroe AUS 18 Mar 85 45.39 Q
4 Daniel Dabrowski POL 23 Sep 83 45.50
5 Andrea Barberi ITA 15 Jan 79 45.74
6 Dimitrios Gravalos GRE 18 Apr 84 46.94
7 Moses Kamut VAN 7 Jul 82 48.90
Lionel Larry USA 14 Sep 86 DNF

Heat 1 28 AUG 2007 10:10

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 334 John Steffensen AUS AUS 44.73 44.92
3 500 Takeshi Fujiwara ESA ESA 47.75 47.75
4 651 Dimítrios Régas GRE GRE 45.11 46.55
5 352 Chris Brown BAH BAH 44.48 44.85
6 1050 Renny Quow TTO TTO 45.35 45.35
7 491 Arismendy Peguero DOM DOM 45.34 45.34
8 897 Marcin Marciniszyn POL POL 45.54 45.77
9 626 Bastian Swillims GER GER 45.62i 45.62i

Heat 2 28 AUG 2007 10:17

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 351 Avard Moncur BAH BAH 44.45 45.12
2 571 Brice Panel FRA FRA 45.54 45.54
3 1001 Abdulla Mohamed Hussein SOM SOM 51.02 51.07
4 1166 Lewis Banda ZIM ZIM 44.58 45.54
5 915 Félix Martínez PUR PUR 45.92 45.92
6 1151 Jeremy Wariner USA USA 43.50 43.50
7 684 David Gillick IRL IRL 45.23 45.23
8 595 Martyn Rooney GBR GBR 45.35 45.92
9 846 Hermán López NCA NCA 49.81 49.81

Heat 3 28 AUG 2007 10:24

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 905 Rafal Wieruszewski POL POL 45.56 46.47
3 489 Carlos Santa DOM DOM 45.05 46.17
4 658 Alleyne Francique GRN GRN 44.47 45.36
5 737 Yuzo Kanemaru JPN JPN 45.41 45.64
6 713 Ricardo Chambers JAM JAM 44.62 44.62
7 561 Leslie Djhone FRA FRA 44.64 45.01
8 345 Clemens Zeller AUT AUT 45.83 45.83
9 596 Andrew Steele GBR GBR 45.31 45.31

Heat 4 28 AUG 2007 10:31

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 349 Andrae Williams BAH BAH 44.90 45.26
2 1037 Johan Wissman SWE SWE 45.03 45.03
3 1080 Andrés Silva URU URU 45.02 45.89
4 1120 LaShawn Merritt USA USA 44.06 44.06
5 686 Karar A.M. Al Abbody IRQ IRQ    
6 1168 Young Talkmore Nyongani ZIM ZIM 44.96 45.61
7 834 Dalibor Spasovski MKD MKD 48.71 48.71
8 381 Gakologewang L. Masheto BOT BOT 45.41 45.41
9 842 Eric Milazar MRI MRI 44.69 46.03

Heat 5 28 AUG 2007 10:38

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 584 Timothy Benjamin GBR GBR 44.56 45.28
2 451 Gary Kikaya COD COD 44.10 44.60
3 313 Nicolau Palanca ANG ANG 48.43 48.43
4 486 Chris Lloyd DMA DMA 45.40 45.40
5 932 Ioan Lucian Vieru ROU ROU 45.60 46.10
6 706 Sanjay Ayre JAM JAM 44.92 44.98
7 954 Vladislav Frolov RUS RUS 45.09 45.63
8 366 Mathieu Gnanligo BEN BEN 45.89 45.89
9 787 Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA KSA 44.66  

Heat 6 28 AUG 2007 10:45

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 708 Michael Blackwood JAM JAM 44.60 45.05
2 1141 Angelo Taylor USA USA 44.05 44.05
3 735 Yuki Yamaguchi JPN JPN 45.18 45.91
4 380 California Molefe BOT BOT 45.34 45.59
5 455 Nery Brenes CRC CRC 46.00 46.00
6 646 Jonathon Lavers GIB GIB 50.18i 50.18i
7 1005 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr SUD SUD 44.93 45.25
8 999 Ivano Bucci SMR SMR 48.71 48.71
9 459 Williams Collazo CUB CUB 45.45 45.45

Heat 7 28 AUG 2007 10:52

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 1049 Ato Stephens TTO TTO 44.87 45.69
3 891 Daniel Dabrowski POL POL 45.33 45.33
4 329 Sean Wroe AUS AUS 45.34 45.34
5 649 Dimítrios Grávalos GRE GRE 45.94 46.39
6 1161 Moses Kamut VAN VAN 47.63 48.26
7 1114 Lionel Larry USA USA 44.67 44.67
8 690 Andrea Barberi ITA ITA 45.19 45.79
9 425 Tyler Christopher CAN CAN 44.44 44.93

Event preview: Men’s 400m

One of the firmest favourites of the championships, Jeremy Wariner (USA), has had an even better season than ever, improving his PB to 43.50 at the Stockholm Grand Prix.

That time ranks him fourth on the all-time list after Michael Johnson, Butch Reynolds and Quincy Watts.

The Olympic and defending World champion, he has not had an unblemished season, but his stumble out of the blocks on an inclement night in Sheffield, England, can hardly be called a loss except to the weather gods.

One man, however, considers he has the beating of Wariner and that is his compatriot, LaShawn Merritt, who made an attempt to upstage him in London only to see the Johnson protégé ease away from him in the straight.

But Angelo Taylor may also have something to say about Merritt’s aspirations since he beat him to the US title in 44.05.

The Olympic champion over the 400m Hurdles in 2000, Taylor has reinvented himself as the ninth fastest runner over one lap.

So the stage is set for an American cleansweep with a supporting cast including US collegiate champion Ricardo Chambers (JAM), Gary Kikaya (COD), World bronze medallist Christopher Tyler of Canada and World relay bronze medal-winner Sanjay Ayre of Jamaica.

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