2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres hurdles
|Men's 400 metres hurdles |
at the 2015 World Championships
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||22 August (heats)|
23 August (semifinals)
25 August (final)
|Competitors||41 from 26 nations|
While Kenya has dominated the longest hurdle race, the 3000 metres steeplechase since the 1968 Olympics, and John Akii-Bua from neighboring Uganda hinted at what might be the capability of East African athletes in this event, Kenya has never had a medalist at 400 hurdles, until this year. Nicholas Bett was the fastest qualifier in the heats. His teammate Boniface Tumuti was the second fastest in the semi-finals, while Bett struggled into the slowest qualifier into the finals. That put Bett almost unnoticed in the far outside lane. Michael Tinsley was the only returning medalist from recent history and the rest of the world leaders were already eliminated, making for a very open race. The fastest 5 finalists all ran their personal best just to make the final race.
Tinsley was the early leader out of the blocks, but was quickly overtaken by Denis Kudryavtsev down the backstretch. Through the turn Tinsley began to hit hurdles, Kudryavtsev the clear leader coming to the straightaway. A couple of meters behind was a wall of Tinsley, Jeffery Gibson and Kerron Clement, with Bett slightly behind them. Kudryavtsev stretched for the ninth hurdle, Tinsley hit it and Bett stormed past. Reminiscent of Kenyan steeplechase finishes, he took the final barrier somewhat awkwardly but continued with so much power that the rest of the field was left behind him. Kudryavtsev held on for silver with a Russian national record. Gibson won the race to the line for bronze, setting his second Bahamian national record of the competition. The once dominant American team, shut out, while Kenya wins its first medal in the event and it was gold.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|World record||Kevin Young (USA)||46.78||Barcelona, Spain||6 August 1992|
|Championship record||Kevin Young (USA)||47.18||Stuttgart, Germany||19 August 1993|
|World Leading||Bershawn Jackson (USA)||48.09||Doha, Qatar||15 May 2015|
|African Record||Samuel Matete (ZAM)||47.10||Zürich, Switzerland||7 August 1991|
|Asian Record||Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily (KSA)||47.53||Sydney, Australia||27 September 2000|
|North, Central American and Caribbean record||Kevin Young (USA)||46.78||Barcelona, Spain||6 August 1992|
|South American Record||Bayano Kamani (PAN)||47.84||Helsinki, Finland||7 August 2005|
|European Record||Stéphane Diagana (FRA)||47.37||Lausanne, Switzerland||5 July 1995|
|Oceanian record||Rohan Robinson (AUS)||48.28||Atlanta, GA, United States||31 July 1996|
|22 August 2015||18:35||Heats|
|23 August 2015||18:40||Semifinals|
|25 August 2015||20:25||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+8)
|KEY:||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||Q||Qualified||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
Qualification: Best 4 (Q) and next 4 fastest (q) qualify for the next round.
The final was started at 21:15.
|9||Nicholas Bett||Kenya (KEN)||47.79||WL, NR|
|6||Denis Kudryavtsev||Russia (RUS)||48.05||NR|
|7||Jeffery Gibson||Bahamas (BAH)||48.17||NR|
|4||8||Kerron Clement||United States (USA)||48.18||SB|
|5||4||Boniface Tumuti||Kenya (KEN)||48.33|
|6||2||Yasmani Copello||Turkey (TUR)||48.96|
|7||3||Patryk Dobek||Poland (POL)||49.14|
|8||5||Michael Tinsley||United States (USA)||50.02|
- "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 11 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Start list
- "MEN'S 400M HURDLES FINAL – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- "Records & Lists – 400 meters hurdles". IAAF. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2014, retrieved 17 August 2015
- Heats results
- Semifinals results
- Final results