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2010 World Indoors Day 1 Men's Report - 3,000, 800, 1,500 Heats

Nick Symmonds' Lane Violation DQ Dampens Otherwise Bright Day For Americans

By LetsRun.com
March 12, 2010

On the first day of the World Indoor Championships from Doha, the US distance men had a great day except for the disqualification of Nick Symmonds, who ran the 2nd-fastest time in the first round of the men's 800. The race judges determined Symmonds ran out of his lane in the first lap. In other action, Bernard Lagat won his heat of the 3,000 while Galen Rupp got a bit lucky to move forward after finishing 5th in the sprint finish. We recap the distance and mid-distance events below.

Men's 3,000m Semifinal - Lagat Cruises, Rupp Squeaks Through To Final As Other Favorites Advance
*Semifinal Results

Heat 1 Of 2
New European 3,000m record-holder Sergio Sánchez of Spain started the race off at a quick pace, beckoned for the others to do some work, and then took over the lead again. Thanks to the urging of Sánchez, the first heat was won in a fast time and the first 6 competitors all went through to the final. Kenyan Augustine Choge won in 7:43 and was followed by medal threats Dejen Gebremeskel and Sánchez. Surprisingly, no other competitors were able to crack 8:05, which set the stage for the runners in the next heat to advance despite a slow pace.

Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 217 Augustine Kiprono Choge KEN 7:43.80 Q .
2 122 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH 7:44.26 Q (PB)
3 117 Sergio Sánchez ESP 7:44.33 Q .
4 271 James Kwalia C'Kurui QAT 7:44.61 Q (PB)
5 104 Hais Welday ERI 7:45.44 q (NR)
6 233 Hicham Bellani MAR 7:50.46 q .
7 15 Hayle Ibrahimov AZE 8:05.43 (PB)
8 53 Tareq Mubarak Taher BRN 8:14.67 (SB)
9 237 Ion Luchianov MDA 8:15.91 (SB)

Heat 2 Of 2
After a relatively quick heat 1, no runner was willing to push the pace in heat 2. Nonetheless, all the favorites would advance, as 35-year-old American Bernard Lagat kicked beautifully to win the heat narrowly over Tariku Bekele (Kenenisa Bekele's younger brother), and Kenyan Sammy Mutahi. Galen Rupp was in a precarious position, as he closed the last kilometer in 2:27 but found himself in 5th at the finish line, though less than 1 second from first.

Luckily for Rupp, he and even the runner behind him from Qatar qualified for the final as the IAAF are taking 12 men to the final. It should be a crowded and wild final on Sunday.

Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 347 Bernard Lagat USA 7:59.99 Q (SB)
2 119 Tariku Bekele ETH 8:00.29 Q .
3 221 Sammy Alex Mutahi KEN 8:00.53 Q .
4 108 Jesús España ESP 8:00.65 Q .
5 358 Galen Rupp USA 8:00.90 q (SB)
6 274 Essa Ismail Rashed QAT 8:01.08 q .
7 201 Gezachw Yossef ISR 8:03.62 (SB)
8 161 Scott Overall GBR 8:08.02 .
9 320 Marco Joseph TAN 8:22.18 (PB)

Men's 800m Quarterfinals - Nick Symmonds Disqualified For Lane Violation
*IAAF Event Report
*Full 800 Quarterfinal Results

Things were off to a dramatic start, as America's top 800m man Nick Symmonds was disqualified for a lane violation after crossing the line in 2nd place. Sudan's Olympic Champion Ismail Ahmed Ismail won the heat easily in 1:46.69, the fastest time of the first round. Briton Andrew Osagie was moved up to 2nd after the unfortunate disqualification for Symmonds. Symmonds' time would have been the 2nd-fastest run on the day.

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 6 308 Ismail Ahmed Ismail SUD 1:46.69 Q .
2 5 160 Andrew Osagie GBR 1:47.40 Q (PB)
3 3 47 Kleberson Davide BRA 1:49.69 (PB)
4 2 239 Brice Etès MON 1:53.52 .
. 4 362 Nick Symmonds USA DQ

Heat 2 went to form as the other top Sudanese athlete Abubaker Kaki safely made it through to the next round winning by a narrow margin over Spaniard David Bustos. Brazilian Fabiano Peçanha nabbed a time qualifying spot with an indoor personal best 1:48.29.

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 6 309 Abubaker Kaki SUD 1:47.48 Q .
2 2 107 David Bustos ESP 1:47.65 Q .
3 3 50 FabiaFabiano Peçanha/td> BRA 1:48.29 q (PB)
4 4 146 Ed Aston GBR 1:50.32 .
5 5 240 Edgar Cortez NCA 1:58.47 (PB

Heat 3 was led from wire to wire by Kevin Hautcoeur of France in 1:50.61. This was the weakest of the three heats time-wise.
(Editor's Note: Earlier we mistook 4th-place David McCarthy (bio) for the David McCarthy who used to run for Providence College (bio). We apologize for the error.)

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 4 137 Kevin Hautcoeur FRA 1:50.61 Q .
2 6 89 Jakub HoluĊĦa CZE 1:50.64 Q .
3 3 206 Mario Scapini ITA 1:50.74 .
4 2 200 David McCarthy IRL 1:51.88 (SB)
5 5 315 Mattias Claesson SWE 1:51.96

In Heat 4, American Duane Solomon went to the front and, despite losing ground in the final laps, managed to pass on to the next round with a time qualifier. American-based Boaz Lalang - the 2010 Millrose Games 800m champion - won the heat in 1:49.16 and Spain's Luis Alberto Marco grabbed the other top 2 automatic qualifying spot.

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 3 220 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang KEN 1:49.16 Q .
2 5 111 Luis Alberto Marco ESP 1:49.57 Q .
3 4 361 Duane Solomon USA 1:49.69 q .
4 6 227 Mohammad Al-Azemi KUW 1:52.54 .
5 2 69 Elie Monga COD 1:57.02 (PB)
6 1 297 Iulio Lafai SAM 2:07.08 (PB)

In Heat 5,American-based Haitian Moise Joseph led the first laps, bringing the final heat through in only 54 seconds. Polish standout Adam Kszczot took over from Bahrain's talented Belal Mansoor Ali to win the heat, while Ali fell back to 5th in one of his first races of the season and did not advance in the slowest heat.

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 3 256 Adam Kszczot POL 1:50.15 Q .
2 6 13 Andreas Rapatz AUT 1:50.35 Q .
3 5 187 Moise Joseph HAI 1:50.43 .
4 2 231 Vitalij Kozlov LTU 1:50.92 .
5 4 52 Belal Mansoor Ali BRN 1:51.22 (SB)
6 1 238 Moussa Camara MLI 1:55.84 (PB)

Men's 1,500 - 3 Semifinal Heats - American Garrett Heath Makes World Final
*IAAF Event Report
*Event Results

Heat 1 Of 3 - After running 60-second 400 pace for the first 1,200m, Moroccan Amine Laalou won the first heat in a sprint finish over South African miler Juan van Deventer. Kenya's Gideon Gathimba did not advance to the final, missing 2nd place and auto-qualification by only 0.01 seconds.

Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 236 Amine Laalou MAR 3:39.96 Q (PB)
2 277 Juan van Deventer RSA 3:40.07 Q .
3 218 Gideon Gathimba KEN 3:40.08 .
4 126 Abdelkader Bakhtache FRA 3:40.49 .
5 114 Álvaro Rodríguez ESP 3:40.96 .
6 265 Bruno Albuquerque POR 3:44.32 .
7 172 Christian Klein GER 3:46.14 .
8 273 Abubaker Ali Kamal QAT 3:46.51

Heat 2 Of 3
After a relatively slow first heat, the second heat didn't get much faster. Race co-favorite Deresse Mekonnen led wire-to-wire to win in 3:39.66. Kenyan Haron Keitany almost paid the price for not taking up the pace, as he missed 2nd place by only 0.04. Keitany was lucky in making the final or else Kenya would have seen both of their men crash out in the preliminary round. American Will Leer finished 4th in 3:42 but was not sharp enough to kick his way into the final.

Leer said after his race: "Disappointed. I'm just disappointed. I just got off too slow in back. I was too far back when they broke and I couldn't cover the move. So I had to settle for fourth in my heat." (from USATF)

Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 123 Deresse Mekonnen ETH 3:39.66 Q .
2 116 Diego Ruiz ESP 3:40.00 Q .
3 219 Haron Keitany KEN 3:40.04 q .
4 348 Will Leer USA 3:42.16 .
5 147 Tim Bayley GBR 3:42.57 .
6 276 Peter van der Westhuizen RSA 3:45.76 .
7 269 Thamer Kamal Ali QAT 3:49.64 .
8 60 Alex Ngouari-Mouissi CGO 4:02.55 (PB)
9 322 Ajmal Amirov TJK 4:03.75 (SB)

Heat 3 Of 3
Ethiopian Mekonnen Gebremedhin put his foot on the gas after about 300m to ensure that most of the time qualifiers for the men's 1,500m final came from the final heat. American Garrett Heath was a beneficiary of the fast pace. He set an indoor personal best by running 3:39.25 for 3rd to qualify for the final. Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider showed he is a medal contender by running 3:37.14 to win by almost 2 seconds in the fastest time of the day.

Heath after his race: "Good race, but I missed the gun. I didn't hear it, it didn't sound like a gun to me. But it worked out okay. I was a little farther back than I wanted to be but I stayed out of trouble. It was a lot of fun. I'm excited for tomorrow's final." (from USATF)

Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 235 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:37.14 Q .
2 121 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:38.90 Q .
3 340 Garrett Heath USA 3:39.25 q (PB)
4 139 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 3:39.63 q .
5 247 Adrian Blincoe NZL 3:40.50 (PB)
6 307 Goran Nava SRB 3:42.79 .
7 205 Christian Obrist ITA 3:46.33 .
. 52 Belal Mansoor Ali BRN DNS

 

 

 

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