It is rare that athletes false start in the 400m Hurdles but tonight it took three shots of the gun before the athletes could get underway.
Once the race had started it seemed that nothing could deny James Carter of victory. Carter crossed the finish line in a winning time of 48.27 well ahead of second place finisher Qatar’s Mubarak Al-Nubi competing for Asia who clocked 48.96.
With IAAF Golden League Jackpot winner Felix Sanchez withdrawing from the competition with a bad ankle, the US champion was well ahead of the field after clearing the first two obstacles. Only Commonwealth champion Chris Rawlinson dared follow Carter’s pace with Spain’s Jose Maria Romera running in the outside also with a good rhythm.
Carter entered the home straight with a lead of approximately two metres which he increased after clearing the tenth hurdle. Coming strong after hurdle 9, Al-Nubi out-dipped Rawlinson for second place and the British sprinter had to settle for third with 49.18.
Romera, who had started too quickly, eventually finished 6th in 49.68 behind Europe’s Jiri Muzik in fourth (49.28) and the Americas’ Ian Weakly in fifth (49.62).