Marc Burns ran a time of 10.29 seconds to place eighth in
the mens 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
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 Britains 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.
Gays 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
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.
new PB, a national record and a silver. I stuck to my race
plan and it has come right, said Atkins.
was aiming for the gold, but Im happy to take silver,
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.
Powellsaving himself for the final eased considerably
in the last 20 metres after leading clearly at the halfway
stage, and took second in 10.08.
Slovenias Matic Osonavikar (10.17) was third and Burns
Kim Collins, the 2003 world champion from St Kitts and Nevis,
ran a personal seasons 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 Britains 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)