Monday 27th August, 2007

 

Burns eighth in World’s 100m

 
 
 
 
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T&T’s Marc Burns ran a time of 10.29 seconds to place eighth in the men’s 100-metre final at the 11th IAAF World Track and Field Championship in Osaka, Japan, yesterday.

Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell suffered a surprising defeat as American Tyson Gay won the gold medal in 9.85 seconds.

Powell, the race favourite, finished third in 9.96 seconds while the Bahamian Derrick Atkins, his second cousin, snatched the silver medal in a new national record 9.91 seconds.

Burns confirmed his place in the finale with a 10.21 seconds clocking to be second in the last quarter-final, behind winner Great Britain’s Craig Pickering, who was also timed at 10.21.

After enjoying a good first half of the race, Powell failed to respond to a surging mid-race challenge by Gay and as his race fell apart, he even lost the silver medal to Atkins.

Powell, whose world record of 9.77 seconds was not challenged in the race, looked fluent and very strong in the preliminary races, but failed to deliver at the big moment.

Gay’s victory makes him the eighth US winner of the 100 metres since the World Championships started in Helsinki in 1983 and his time was only 0.01 outside his personal best.

Atkins was beating Powell for the first time in a final and was thrilled with his achievement even though he was aiming for the gold medal.

“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,” Atkins added.

Churandy Martina, of the Netherlands Antilles, placed fifth in 10.08 seconds.

In the semi-finals approximately two hours earlier, Atkins had sprinted past a cruising Powell near the finish of the first semi-final to win in 10.04 seconds.

Powell—saving himself for the final — eased considerably in the last 20 metres after leading clearly at the halfway stage, and took second in 10.08.

Slovenia’s Matic Osonavikar (10.17) was third and Burns got fourth.

Kim Collins, the 2003 world champion from St Kitts and Nevis, ran a personal season’s best 10.21 but was edged by Burns for a semi-final spot. Brendan Christian of Antigua and Barbuda, got seventh in 10.29.

In semi-final two, Gay pushed to victory in 10.00, chased by Britain’s Marlon Devonish (10.12), followed by Martina in 10.15 and Nigerian Olusoji Fasuba (10.18). Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Clement Campbell placed seventh and eighth respectively, each clocking 10.28. (CMC)

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