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Very good work by the British sprinters as they all qualify to the semifinals of the men’s 100m the easier or the harder way. Dwain Chambers looks very smooth as he cruises through to runner-up over the second half of the last heat in 10.28 (-0.7m/sec) suggesting a strong contender for a place in the top eight, Usain Bolt looking back to his more familiar fluent version as he eases up way out and past the line in the fastest time out of the quarters in 10.10 secs.
Usain Bolt and Dwain Chambers in the 5th heat of the 100m
Harry Aikines-Ayreety seems to be coming of age on the international scene as he executes well out of his blocks to a strong start that he maintains nicely down the stretch to come second in 10.28 secs (-1.7m/sec) behind a frighteningly cruising Walter Dix who set 10.25 secs at the front where Marlon Devonish needs to wait but finally makes the cut as a fastest loser with 10.34 secs (-1.0m/sec) as fourth in the third section.
Yohan Blake (JAM, 10.12, -1.2m/sec), evergreen Kim Collins (SNK, 10.13, -1.7m/sec) and Nesta Carter are others to impress in these early days but Richard Thompson (TRI) and Justin Gatlin (USA) look rather stiff through the quarters. All heats were run into headwinds that don’t augur well for fast times in the top stages.
Shara Proctor crashed out of a rather scrappy long jump qualification after two fouls and a modest third attempt at 6.34m (-0.2m/sec) where even Britney Reese needed all three attempts to book her berth in the final, powering out to the top mark of the day at 6.79m nevertheless.
What a day for the Kenyan distance girls who move on to make a second clean sweep in a single day following the astounding triple triumph in the streets of Daegu over the marathon this morning. Vivian Cheruiyot always looked like the one to beat coming to the championships and asserts her authority on the 10000m final as she decisively picks it up over the last couple of laps, winds it up nicely up the back straight and unleashes a searing finish to pull away down the home straight from Sally Kipyego to a comprehensive victory in 3:48.98 to 30:50.04. I guess the Kenyans will be holding some wild party all night tonight after that, even if there was a fourth medal they would have won it!
Final heat, Nicola Sanders embarks on a strong first 300m from the inside and looks in control well into the home straight for that well saught-after fourth place but Swede Moa Hejmer is coming past strong late on the outside and push her outside the automatic spots. Thankfully, her 52.65 secs is good enough to scrape through but that will make it extremely hard to draw a decent lane in the semifinals later.
I don’t think that going out so hard really serves Sanders’s purposes to better advantage, she made that same mistake in the semifinals of Berlin two years ago, therefore I hope that she has taken that on board and employs a more measured approach round the lap in her next race.
Sanya Richards-Ross looks like back to her best to me, so very comfortable and flowing round the track. She is going to take something special to beat I feel! Allyson Felix was also easily through from the opening heat as runner-up in 51.45 secs as Osaka bronze medalist Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM) got first slightly ahead in 51.30 secs so there is a mouth-watering duel building up nicely on the way to the final.
Lee McConnell makes easy work of going through the fourth heat employing a swift first 200m to ease down the home straight in third across the line in 52.75 secs behind Amantle Montsho who unnecessarily keeps going hard all the way to the line in 50.76 secs – someone should tell her of saving up for the race that matters.
Christine Ohuruogu talks after her false-start
Unfortunately, we’re never going to get to know what sort of form Christine Ohuruogu arrived in Daegu as she falls into a rather naive for her class and experience false-start in that third 400m heat to receive her taking her marching orders off the track. That’s a shocking virtual end to her season from an individual point of view at least… Such a shame.
Christine Ohuruogu is the first Brit to engage the evening action at the Daegu stadium going in the third heat of that women’s preliminary round of the 400m in a few minutes, a chance to gain a first glimpse into her form and her prospects in these championships.
Evening session build-up
The 400m girls get the action going for the British team as they go into the preliminary round looking for places in the semifinals. The first four of each of the five heats on schedule gain automatic qualification and there are going to be four fastest losers making it through as well, therefore the British girls should renew their date over the distance tomorrow the easy or the hard way.
Olympic champion Ohuruogu is the first to join the early skirmishes in the event as she is down in lane five in the third heat with Berlin bronze medalist Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) the main other name going in three. She is third fastest on paper so shouldn’t encounter any problems to further her campaign.
Lee McConnell goes also in lane five in the next heat and looks well positioned to qualify as third fastest in the field behind Amantle Montsho (BOT), a 49.71 secs PB this term, in lane two and American rising prospect Francena McCorory a lane inside the Scot.
Former world championships silver medalist Nicola Sanders may have the toughest task of all as she will be called upon to tackle the tight inside lane in the fifth and strongest heat, featuring defending champion Sanya Richards-Ross in lane five, Denisa Rosolova (CZE) in lane two and Shericka Williams (JAM) in three. Nicola is fifth fastest on paper but she is in much better shape than her SB of 51.84 secs and should have the beating of Swedish girl Moa Hjelmer (51.58 PB) out in seventh.
Shara Proctor is lining up in the B qualifying group in the women’s long jump and will need to either better a sound standard of 6.75m or make the top 12 overall from both pools, something well within her powers as shown time and again this summer.
Fun times are over and it’s real and ruthless business in the men’s 100m for the spinters from this stage on. There are seven heats scheduled for the quarters where the three first past the post and three fastest times are going to see the light of the semifinals later on. First to go out is Harry Aikines-Ayreety who is marginally third fastest at 10.13 secs in the second run and has got the awkward inside lane although he won’t be away from the main action as Walter Dix (USA) will be right next to him in two. Keston Bledman (TRI) is the other sub 10 man of the field out in seven and Harry must ensure he finishes ahead of Andrew Hinds (BAR) who’s got 10.14 secs to his credit, backed up by a 10.03 secs PB.
Marlon Devonish isn’t faced with any easier task either as he goes in lane five in the next heat sandwiched between Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) on the left and ‘frostbitten’ Justin Gatlin (USA) on the right, while he will have to hold off Dutch now Churandy Martina for third and not have to gamble on a fastest loser place.
Dwain Chambers is the best positioned of the three, though isolated on the outside, as easily second fastest from the penultimate heat with Usain Bolt occupying the top lane (four).