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Recap of Round 1 Of Women's 1,500
The women's 1,500m heats featured 2 falls, including one in heat 1 that featured American Shannon Rowbury, who was 7th last year in Beijing. Perhaps the ladies weren't used to the tight packs and a slow pace. Last year in Beijing, there were only 2 rounds with 11 people in a heat. This year there are 3 rounds and there were 14 in each heat on Tuesday.
Heat 1: Rowbury Goes Down
Rowbury After The Fall (:31)
At the bell, there still was a big pack up front and Rowbury was in 9th with there being 6 automatic qualifying spots for the semis. By the time the horde sorted its way out down the home stretch, Maryam Jamal was in front as expected. The big casualties were Rowbury and Zbrozhek (who has run 4:00 this year). Rowbury in the interview to the right said she is really fit and hopes to get into the semis on appeal.
We only caught the end of it. Her full quotes from USATF: "I was running. It was pretty packed up. I got tripped up by the same
girl. I fell down at 200, got up, got back to the pack and the same
girl cut me off again. It was a little bit frustrating. After falling,
I tried to be smart catching up again, but I was a little timid by the
time I got going again. I'm pretty disappointed. But that's how it goes
Anna Willard (1:13)
Heat 2: Another Fall
Burka would go on to win the heat in 4:07.75, just ahead of Natalia Rodríguez of Spain and Lisa Dobriskey of the UK. The US's Anna Willard, who has won the 1,500 in London and got the Golden League Paris 800m win, moved up late on the final stretch to finish 5th. She had been on the inside when the fell occurred and managed to avoid the wreckage.
Heat 3: Christin Wurth-Thomas Avoids Trouble
Russia's Anna Alminova got the win over last year's surprise gold medallist Nancy Langat of Kenya.