Sunday, 9 March 2014

IAAF World Indoor Champs - men's 60m heats, semis and final report:


Men’s 60m round one report:

In the absence of the injured James Dasaolu and Jimmy Vicaut, Great Britain duo Richard Kilty and Dwain Chambers qualified fastest for tomorrow’s semi-final stage.

The 24-year-old Kilty, third behind his team-mate in the British championships last month, equaled his 6.53 personal best to win the fourth heat, whilst 35-year-old Chambers – the 2010 world indoor champion and 2012 world indoor bronze medalist - took heat six with a 6.57 clocking.

Behind the 6.42 European record holder in third quickest of the afternoon is Germany’s Lucas Jakubczyk. The 2012 European 4x100m relay runner-up claimed the fifth heat with 6.57, whilst four men registered 6.58 during the heats:

Iran’s Reza Ghasemi’s performance with second place in the fourth heat earned him the national record, as Polish champion Dariusz Kuc pleased his home crowd with a lifetime best in the runner-up position in the fifth heat.

Jamaica’s two-time Olympic and two-time World 4x100m champion, Nesta Carter opened his campaign in search of consolidating his silver medal position from the 2012 event in Istanbul with third place in heat four, whereas China’s Bingtian Su sped to a commanding second heat victory.

Jason Rogers, the 2011 world 4x100m relay bronze medallist from St Kitts and Nevis clocked 6.59 for second in the third heat, and Zambia’s Gerald Phiri claimed the tight first heat with the same time. 

Setting a 6.59 lifetime best, Jamaica’s Kimmari Roach finished in the runner-up position in heat one, ahead of the USA’s Marvin Bracy. Registering 6.60 for third place, the US champion arrived at the event carrying the ‘gold medal favourite tag’ courtesy of an impressive 6.48 at altitude at the US
Championships in Albuquerque last month. 

Others who impressed include the Bahamas’ Warren Fraser with 6.6.1 for second in heat three, Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu who ran 6.65 for the runner-up spot in the second heat and two-time world indoor fourth-placer, Trell Kimmons of the USA who registered 6.68 just behind the 18-year-old.

Men’s 60m semi finals report:

2012 world indoor silver medallist, Nesta Carter laid down a fine 6.50 season’s best marker to confirm that he is intent on capturing the gold medal this time around.

The 28-year-old Jamaican scorched to victory in the first semi final and looks set to add another title, following his two Olympic 4x100m and two world outdoor 4x100m crowns.

Behind, Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Richard Kilty continued his impressive breakthrough season with a 6.52 lifetime best. The 24-year-old progressed from 6.53 in the qualifying round and is in contention to claim his first major championships individual medal. 

US champion and favourite coming into the event with a world-leading 6.48, Marvin Bracy took the third semi final with 6.52, as Qatar’s 2011 world outdoor 400m finalist, Femi Ogunode registered 6.55. 

Jamaica’s Kimari Roach and Zambia’s Gerald Phiri claimed the last two spots for tonight’s final with a 6.55 personal best and a 6.57 national record, respectively.

Of those who failed to qualify, Britain’s Dwain Chambers will be disappointed – the 2010 world indoor champion and 2012 world indoor bronze medalist running 6.58, as will two-time world indoor fourth-placer, Trell Kimmons of the USA who could only manage 6.62.

Zimbabwe’s Gabriel Mvumvure’s exit was consolidated by a 6.60 national record.

Men’s 60m final report:

Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Richard Kilty flew to a mighty 6.49 lifetime best to capture the men’s 60m gold – his very first major championships individual medal.

The 24-year-old’s superb breakthrough season continued in fine style, having registered personal best marks in each of rounds here with 6.53 in qualifying and 6.52 in the semi final stage.

Following in the footsteps of Britain’s 2004 winner, Jason Gardener and their 2010 champion, Dwain Chambers, Kilty upstaged his more established rivals as the USA’s pre-race favourite, Marvin Bracy had to settle for silver.

Clocking 6.51, the US champion edged Qatar’s Femi Ogunode in a tight battle, as five men finished within 0.02 seconds of each other.

Bronze medallist Ogunode, the 2011 world outdoor finalist over 800m, pushed China’s Bingtian Su into fourth with the 2013 Asian champion having registered a 6.52 national record.

Zambia’s Gerald Phiri also set a national record of the same time, whilst 2012 world indoor bronze medallist, Chambers finished sixth with 6.53.

Twice Olympic 4x100m and twice world outdoor 4x100m champion, Nesta Carter of Jamaica could not replicate the form which saw him capture the silver medal two years ago and his 6.50 clocking from the semi final stage, placing seventh with 6.57.

His team-mate, Kimari Roach closed the field with 6.58.

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