Day 4 - A.M. SESSION
110-METER HIGH HURDLES -
First round - First Four in Each Heat Plus Next Four Fastest Qualify for Semifinals
HEAT ONE (wind -05)—Dennis Martin of the U.S. and the University of Florida, running in lane eight, was out with the leaders but clipped the seventh hurdle and was edged by Vladimir Zhukov, the Russian national junior champion running in lane five, 13.93 to 14.04. Erik Balnuweit of Germany and Jilian Adeniran of Great Britain, were third and fourth, both being timed in 14.05.
HEAT TWO (+0.7)—Artur Noga of Poland, running in lane one took the early lead. But Konstadinos of Greece, who really snapped down off the hurdles, move ahead to easily win in 13.46 for a championship record in an event that has moved from 42 inch hurdles to 39 inches this year. Noga was second in 13.64. Rayzam Wan Sofian of Malaysia was third in 14.07 and Rauno Kirschbaum of Estonia was fourth in 14.32.
HEAT THREE (0.0)—Darius Reed of the U.S. and Washington High in Denver, Colorado was almost left in the blocks and by the time he recovered he was not able to overtake Wojciech Jurkowski of Poland, who won in 13.48. Reed’s’ run-in was sufficient to move from fourth to grab second from Mike Van Kruchten of Netherlands, with both timed in 13.81. Otto Lilpi of Finland was fourth in 13.91.
HEAT FOUR (+0.8)—Gianni Frankis of Great Britain, running in lane four, exploded off the third hurdle - and he had to because Keiron Stewart of Jamaica, running in lane seven was rolling. The two remained close the entire way before Stewart prevailed, 13.76 to 13.80. Louw Smit of South Africa, running in lane one, was third in 13.86 and Stevy Telliam of France was fourth in 13.88.
HEAT FIVE—Juan Barragan of Spain had a small lead after three hurdles before Samuel Coco-Violin of France blew by him to win easily in 13.46. Xiaofeng Hong of China, running in lane one was third in 13.93 and Jorge McFarlane of Puerto Rico, in lane seven, was fourth in 13.96. Barragan was sixth in 14.20.
First Round - First Three in Each Heat Plus Next Three Fastest Qualify For Final
HEAT ONE—Yuriko Kobayashi of Japan and Stephanie Twell of Great Britain alternated the lead in a race that had early splits of 71.28, 2:19.43 and 3:27.61, before Kobayashi prevailed, 4:19.14 to 4:19.78. Kristine Engeset of Norway closed very well over the final 400 to finish third in 4:19.94. Danielle Tauro of the U.S. and Southern Regional in Manahawkin, New Jersey, found herself in a position that she had never been in before. At the end of 800, passed by the leaders in 2:19.43, she was in last. However, she was also on the same pace that put her just under 4:40 for a mile at the Nike outdoor nationals. The difference being at Nike she was at the front. Tauro moved up to fifth and finish in 4:24.26.
HEAT TWO—Emebet Bedada of Ethiopia and Mercy Kosgei of Kenya dominated a race that had early splits of 75.83, 2:29.07 and 3:36.68. Badada won a half-hearted run in, 4:23.52 to 4:23.53. Azra Eminovic of Serbia was third in 4:25.49..
HEAT THREE—As usual, the final heat in distance qualifying is very fast and this was no exception. After splits of 69.13, 2:21.88 and 3:29.23, it was clear that in addition to the three automatic qualifiers, the three time qualifiers would come from this heat. And that is exactly what happened. Irene Jelagat of Kenya was an impressive winner in 4:15.80, Merat Ogbagaber of Eritrea was second in 4:18.10 and Yuan of China was third in 4:18.85. Tereza Caokova of Czech Republic and Zoe Buckman of Australia were the first two time qualifiers in, 4:19.00 and 4:20.24. The final time qualifier went to Erin Bedell of the U.S. and Baylor University, in 4:20.67.
DAY 4 P.M. SESSION
Dmytro Ostrovsky of Ukraine, running in lane five, was out with the leaders and had a small lead only to get passed entering the straight by Brian Barnett of Canada, running in lane six. However, Ostrovsky retook the lead midway down the straightaway and went on to win in 20.89, into a 1.1 meter per second wind. Barnett faded just slightly, allowing Marek Niit to get up for second, 20.96 to 21.00. Alexander Nelson of Great Britain was fourth in 21.14. Ostrovsky was later disqualified for running inside his lane for three consecutive steps giving Niit the gold medal.
Jackson Kivuna of Kenya, who was second in the World Youth Championships and Abraham Chepkirwok of Uganda were the leaders at 200, passed in 25.41. Abubaker Khamis of Sudan, Kivuna were a stride apart as they went by 400 meters in 54.34. Chepkirwok moved to the lead with 200 to go only to see Kivuna edge ahead at 600, passed in 1:21.95. Kivuna continued to lead until David Rudisha of Kenya moved from third to first over the final 20 meters, winning over Kivuna, 1:47.04 to 1:47.64. Chepkirwok was third at 1:47.49.
400-METER INTERMEDIATE HURDLES
After waiting near their blocks for at least 15 minutes, the field was off and Chris Carter of the U.S. and BYU, in lane four, ran a solid turn before storming down the back straight and by 200 meters he had pass everyone but Stanislav Melnykov of Ukraine, running in lane eight. Carter entered the final straight with a five meter lead over Melnykov. Bandar Shgraheli of Saudi Arabia began to creep up on Carter but the Cougar freshman reacted quickly and increased his margin over the final two hurdles to win in 50.08. Shraheli’s late move netted him second over Melnykov, 50.34 to 509.43. It was the first gold medal for the United States, which had won 13 in 2004 Championships at Grosseto. Carter later announced to the crowd that he would go back to school for the 2007 season but then go on a mission and try for the 2012 Olympics in London—a decision that is probably not make the United States Track and Field Federation too happy.
It wasn’t a race, it was an annihalation. Tezdzhan Naimova, winner at 100 meters earlier in the meet, dominated from start to finish as the strong and slim smooth striding Bulgarian was clocked in 22.99. Second place went to Vanda Gomes of Brazil in 23.59. Naimova’s winning margin was the biggest since the Championships began in 1986. The old record was set in 1988 in Sudbury when Katrin Krabbe of East Germany defeated teammate Diana Dietz by .54. seconds. Ewelina Klock of Poland was third at 23.62 and Jin Wang of China was fourth at 23.68. Gabriella Mayo of the U.S. and Southeast High in Raleigh, North Carolina was out well and in the middle of the mix at 100 meters but could not match the others closing speed and finished fifth in 23.84. Jeneba Tarboh of the U.S. and Mt. Pleasant High in San Jose. California was never in contention, finishing eight in 23.96.
Rebekah Noble of the U.S. and Oregon, got out well and was third after 100 meters but fell back to eighth at 200 meters, passed in 29.95. She then got back in the race moving up to third at 400, reached in 1:02.15. Noble again let things slip away and probably gave up any chance of victory when she again slipped back to eighth at 600, reached in 1:34.17. With 90 meters remaining she was still eighth but she then came flying on the out side and got up to finish third in 2:04.59. Meanwhile up front, Olga Cristea of Maldova, the World Youth Champion, held a small lead over Winny Chebet of Kenya, and despite a desperate final run-in Chebet was never able get ahead of Cristea, who won in a seasonal best, 2:04.52. to 2:04.57. Chebet’s time was a personal best.
100-METER HIGH HURDLES
First Two in Each Heat Plus Next Two Fastest Qualify For Final
HEAT ONE (+1.6)—Kettiany Clarke of Jamaica, who graduated for Palm Beach Lakes in West Palm Beach Florida last year, had the early lead but was overhauled by Christina Vukicevic of Norway, who set a national junior record of 13.45. Clarke was second in 13.72, Anna Plotitsyna of Ukraine was third in 13.91 and Nikkita Holder of Canada was fourth in 13.94.
HEAT TWO (-0.3)—Shalina Clarke of the U.S. and Evanston High in Illinois had a good start and led through three hurdles before being overtaken by Aleksandra Fedoriva of Russia, 13.60 to 13.70. Both runners were runner-up in their national junior championships. Anne-Kathrin Elbe of Germany was third in 13.89 and Arna Erega of Croatia was fourth in 13.88.
HEAT THREE (-1.7)—Tiffany Ofili of the U.S. and the University of Michigan and Natasha Ruddock of Jamaica were out about even before Ofili gained a small advantage after the third hurdle. However, Ofili had to hold off a late charge of Yekaterian Shtepa of Russia, 13.47 to 13.57. Zara Hohn of Great Britain, running in lane eight, snuck in for third with Ruddock falling to fourth. Both were timed in 13.71 and both advanced on time.
Ofili, running in lane four, was out first and held the lead until approaching the10th hurdle, when first Shtepa, in lane five, and then Vukicevic, in lane six, were able to draw even and began to gradually edge away from Ofili to finish one-two in 13.33 to 13.34. Ofili was third in 13.37 and Fedoriva was fourth at 13.57 in a race with no wind. Shalina Clarke did not finish after crashing into the first hurdle.
100-METER HIGH HURDLES—Shana Woods of the U.S. and Poly High in Long Beach, California was second in her heat in 14.14 worth 959 points, which placed her eighth after one event but just eight points out of fourth place. Tatyana Chernova of Russia, the world junior leader with over 6,100 point won the race, which was run with a 1.6 meter per second wind in 13.70 worth an event leading 1,021 points. Shevell Quinley of the U.S. and the University of Arizona was third in her heat in 14.46 worth 914 points, which placed her 13th. Eloysse Lesueur of France had the second fastest time of 13.89 worth 994 points and Iryna Ilkevych of Ukraine was third in the day’s first event with a 14.00 worth 978 points.
HIGH JUMP—Woods cleared 5-6 worth 830 points and had a two-event total of 1,789 for 12th place. Quinley cleared 5-1 ¼ worth 689 points and a total of 1,603 to slip from 13. to 20th. Chernova improved her lead with an equal event-leading 5-10 ¾ worth 978 points and total of 1,999. Lijuan Song of China cleared 5-9¾ worth 941 points and a total of 1,905 to vault from fifth to second. Yana Panteleyeva of Russia cleared 5-10¾ for 798 points and a two- event total of 1,884 to move from 16th to third.
SHOTPUT—Chernova had a throw of 39-11½ good for 673 point and a total of 2,672 to maintain the lead after three events. Ida Marcussen of Norway had the events farthest throw at 44-11 ¾; which was worth 773 points that moved her from eleventh to third place with 2,567 points. Panteleyeva had a best of 49-3¾, worth 751 points to give her at total of 2,635 that left her in second place. Quinley chose note to continue and finished with 1,603 points.
200—Woods finish the first day with a 24.33 worth 949 point that gave her a four-event total of 3,189 points for 12th place. One month ago when she won the U.S. Junior title with an America high school record of 5,533 she had 3,226 points. Chernova had the fastest time of the event at 24.05 worth 976 points and a first-day total of 3,648 to leave her in the lead. Panteleyeva was timed in 25.03 worth 884 points to remain in second with 3,519 points and Marcussen clocked 24.72, to move closer to Panteleyeva with 3,480 points.