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Round 1 of 800ms: Rashid Ramzi Runs, All the Favorites Advance
by: Letsrun.com
August 30, 2007

Heat 1: Symmonds Advances
Sajad Moradi led through 400 in 51.27. Nick Symmonds of the US was in 4th.

On the backstretch Symmonds dropped into 5th. Heading off the final turn, Amine Laalou of Morocco was in the lead. Laalou would power home for the victory. Symmonds was boxed in lane 1 and would go wide to get outside of the box. He then moved up to secure the second automatic qualifying spot. Kleberson Davilde of Brazil and Belal Mansoor Ali (who was 11th in the 1500m final the night before) moved up well the final 100m on Symmonds but could not catch him. Davilde ended up third with the final automatic qualifying spot and Ali would miss going to the next round.

Group A - 30 august 2007 - 19:40    
Pos Lane    Bib Athlete     Country Mark    
1   6   820 Amine Laalou    MAR 1:46.00 Q   
2   9   1140    Nick Symmonds   USA 1:46.16 Q   
3   2   394 Kleberson Davide    BRA 1:46.17 Q   
4   7   404 Belal Mansoor Ali   BRN 1:46.34     
5   4   432 Achraf Tadili   CAN 1:46.73     
6   8   680 Sajad Moradi    IRI 1:46.75     
7   5   1164    Mohammed Ahmed Al-Yafaee    YEM 1:56.55     
    3   1006    Ismail Ahmed Ismail SUD DNF 
 Intermediate    Bib Athlete     Nat Event
 400m    680 Sajad Moradi    IRI 51.27

Heat 2 Gary Reed Advances

Arnoud Okken of the Netherlands led at 400m in 51.55 as he was stalked by the favorite Canadian Gary Reed. Reed took the lead on the backstretch as things got crowded with 200m to go. Nabil Madi of Algeria moved up on Reed's outside on the turn but Reed accelerated on the turn to keep Madi in lane 2. Reed opened up a big gap coming off the turn. Madi closed the gap by the finish but Reed would win the heat in 1:46.00. Kenya's Justus Koech got the third automatic spot for the final.
Group B - 30 august 2007 - 19:46    
Pos Lane    Bib Athlete     Country Mark    
1   4   428 Gary Reed   CAN 1:46.00 Q   
2   8   309 Nabil Madi  ALG 1:46.02 Q   
3   2   771 Justus Koech    KEN 1:46.08 Q   
4   9   518 Antonio Manuel Reina    ESP 1:46.35     
5   5   850 Arnoud Okken    NED 1:47.23     
6   7   342 Jeffrey Riseley AUS 1:47.44     
7   6   984 Aunese Curreen  SAM 1:47.72     (NR)
    3   1070    Ivan Heshko UKR DNS 
 Intermediate    Bib Athlete     Nat Event
400m    850 Arnoud Okken    NED 51.55

Heat 3: Rashid Ramzi Runs and Advances
The big news in heat 3 was that 2005 800m and 1500m World Champion Rashid Ramzi was on the starting line. Ramzi had said he was only going to contest the 1500m here, but after his 1500m silver medal the night before he was on the starting line. Ramzi's appearance made this a very tough heat as it also contained S. Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the 2007 world leader.

 Brazil's Fabiano Pešanha took it out in a quick 24.7. The pace lagged until 400, as he reached it in the lead in 52.04. The field was packed together with 200m to go. Mulaudzi took the lead coming off the turn and he and Ramzi and Bogdanov of Russia would get the automatic spots for the final.

Group C - 30 august 2007 - 19:52    
Pos Lane    Bib Athlete     Country Mark    
1   7   938 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi   RSA 1:45.56 Q   
2   2   408 Rashid Ramzi    BRN 1:45.64 Q   (SB)
3   6   949 Dmitriy Bogdanov    RUS 1:45.66 Q   
4   3   401 Fabiano Pešanha BRA 1:45.77 q   
5   5   464 Yeimer Lˇpez    CUB 1:46.28     
6   9   1025    Mattias Claesson    SWE 1:46.43     (PB)
7   4   502 Eugenio Barrios ESP 1:46.62     
8   8   853 Bram Som    NED 1:46.81     
 
Intermediate    Bib Athlete     Nat Event
400m    401 Fabiano Pešanha BRA 52.04

Heat 4: Yego Wins, US Champ Robinson Gets by on Time
US Champ Khadevis Robinson went straight to the front and led at 200 (24.74), 400 (51.08) and 600 (1:18.01). Britain's Michael Rimmer moved up on Robinson on the turn but Robinson still led in the homestretch. Rimmer came past Robinson the final straight as did Alfred Yego of Kenya. Yego moved up fastest for the win (1:45.52) as Robinson struggled to secure the final qualifying spot. Robinson tightened up more the final 10 meters allowing Dmitrijs Milkevics to pass him.  Robinson would advance to the semis on time.

Group D - 30 august 2007 - 19:58    
Pos Lane    Bib Athlete     Country Mark    
1   6   780 Alfred Kirwa Yego   KEN 1:45.52 Q   (SB)
2   5   605 Michael Rimmer  GBR 1:45.66 Q   
3   9   798 Dmitrijs Milkevics  LAT 1:45.72 Q   
4   7   1134    Khadevis Robinson   USA 1:45.78 q   
5   3   514 Manuel Olmedo   ESP 1:45.90 q   
6   8   1162    Eduard Villanueva   VEN 1:46.33     (PB)
7   4   682 David Campbell  IRL 1:46.47     
8   2   376 Fadrique Iglesias   BOL 1:48.42     

Heat 5: Borzakovskiy and Bungei Advance but Mohammed Al Salhi is Most Impressive
The Sudan's Abubaker Kaki Khamis led at 400. 2001 World Silver Medallist (and World Ranked #1 in 2002 and 2003) Wilfred Bungei was in 3rd and Olympic champ Yuriy Borzakovskiy in 4th. Bungei seized the lead coming off the turn and he and Borzkovsky would move down the homestrech. But shooting down the track like a bullet was the tall Saudi Mohammed Al Alshi who got the win in 1:45.58.

Group E - 30 august 2007 - 20:04    
Pos Lane    Bib Athlete     Country Mark    
1   7   785 Mohammed Al Salhi   KSA 1:45.58 Q   
2   3   950 Yuriy Borzakovskiy  RUS 1:45.79 Q   
3   4   765 Wilfred Bungei  KEN 1:45.79 Q   
4   5   811 Yassine Bensghir    MAR 1:45.90 q   (SB)
5   8   986 Abdoulaye Wagne SEN 1:46.20 q   
6   2   1007    Abubaker Kaki Khamis    SUD 1:46.38     
7   9   760 Masato Yokota   JPN 1:47.16     (PB)
8   6   485 Mahamoud Farah  DJI 1:49.06     
Intermediate    Bib Athlete     Nat Event
400m    1007    Abubaker Kaki Khamis    SUD 52.23

Heat 6: Youssef Saad Kamel (Billy Konchellah's son) Wins
Heat 6 featured Youssef Saad Kamel, son of 2 time Kenyan world champ, Billy Konchellah.

American Duane Solomon  had a big lead at 200 and still led at 400 (51.97). Kamel smoothly glided by him on the backstretch and Solomon would continue to fade the rest of the way.

Kamel continued on the for the easy win as Abraham Chepkirwok  of Uganda and Mohammad Al-Azemi of Kuwait got the final qualifying spots.

Group F - 30 august 2007 - 20:10    
Pos Lane    Bib Athlete     Country Mark    
1   7   405 Youssef Saad Kamel  BRN 1:45.25 Q   
2   2   1063    Abraham Chepkirwok  UGA 1:45.68 Q   
3   3   794 Mohammad Al-Azemi   KUW 1:45.85 Q   
4   5   814 Mouhssin Chehibi    MAR 1:46.16 q   
5   6   1041    Samwel Mwera    TAN 1:46.24     (SB)
6   8   1020    Jozef Repcýk    SVK 1:46.53     
7   9   1138    Duane Solomon   USA 1:48.95     
8   4   843 Souleymane Ould Chebal  MTN 1:56.45     (SB)
Intermediate    Bib Athlete     Nat Event
 400m    1138    Duane Solomon   USA 51.97


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