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
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
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.
|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||.|
|8||53||Tareq Mubarak Taher||BRN||8:14.67||(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.
|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||.|
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.
|1||6||308||Ismail Ahmed Ismail||SUD||1:46.69 Q||.|
|2||5||160||Andrew Osagie||GBR||1:47.40 Q||(PB)|
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.
|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)|
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.)
|1||4||137||Kevin Hautcoeur||FRA||1:50.61 Q||.|
|2||6||89||Jakub Holuša||CZE||1:50.64 Q||.|
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.
|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||.|
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.
|1||3||256||Adam Kszczot||POL||1:50.15 Q||.|
|2||6||13||Andreas Rapatz||AUT||1:50.35 Q||.|
|5||4||52||Belal Mansoor Ali||BRN||1:51.22||(SB)|
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.
|1||236||Amine Laalou||MAR||3:39.96 Q||(PB)|
|2||277||Juan van Deventer||RSA||3:40.07 Q||.|
|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)
|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||.|
|6||276||Peter van der Westhuizen||RSA||3:45.76||.|
|7||269||Thamer Kamal Ali||QAT||3:49.64||.|
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)
|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||.|
|.||52||Belal Mansoor Ali||BRN||DNS|