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Drama in the First Round of the Men's 400m Hurdles for the US
by: LetsRun.com
August 15, 2009
Berlin, Germany

The first round of the 400m hurdles was full of drama for the US squad.

On the track, the big news was two time Olympic champ Angelo Taylor did not make the second round after struggling on his hurdles and running a very subpar. Taylor was upset as you can see from the interview below.

Angelo Taylor On Thinking His 2009 Dream was Over:

But wait. Later, an athlete was disqualified and Taylor was put in the semi-finals. Ahh the power of Nike (laugh, the Nike comment is a joke. We're not joking about Taylor making the semifinals). The Australian filed and counter appeal to Taylor's appeal and he was not put into the semis.

Also on the track, Bershawn Jackson trailed by a huge margin coming onto the homestretch and really had to sprint to make up a ton of ground and finish second to make the semifinals.

Afterwards in the interview below Jackson indicated he tweaked his hamstring recently so the plan was to  go out as slow as possible and close fast. Jackson did that for sure, but whether his hamstring will let him make and win the final is another question.

Bershawn Jackson on his bad hamstring

If that is not enough drama for the first round, 20 year old South Carolina Gamecock Johnny Dutch qualified for the semis, then he fell to the ground in the media interview area and puked his guts out. He was on the ground for probably at least five minutes. A stretcher was brought and then fortunately Dutch got up and walked out with the assistance of medical personnel.

Being internet voyeurs, we of course taped it all. If Johnny came make the finals, he'll soon be everyone's favorite athlete.

Johnny Dutch Has Some Trouble

 

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