08 MAR 2014 Report Sopot, Poland

Report: men's 60m semi-finals – Sopot 2014

Richard Kilty in the 60m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images)Richard Kilty in the 60m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images) © Copyright

Jamaica’s world indoor silver medallist Nesta Carter found his best form at exactly the right time and laid down a fine 6.50 season’s best marker to confirm that he is intent on capturing the gold medal this time around.

The 28-year-old Jamaican scorched to victory in the first of three semi-finals. Behind him, Great Britain’s Richard Kilty continued his impressive breakthrough this season with a 6.52 lifetime best, improving by 0.01.

US champion, and arguably the marginal favourite coming into the event, Marvin Bracy took the third semi-final with 6.52, while Qatar’s Femi Ogunode continued his transiation from being a 400m runner to the shorter distance and registered 6.55 to win the other semi-final. 

Jamaica’s Kimari Roach and Zambia’s Gerald Phiri finished second behind Ogunode and Bracy with a 6.55 personal best and a 6.57 national record, respectively.

Britain’s 2010 champion Dwain Chambers squeezed through to the final, along with China’s Su Bingtian, as a fastest non-automatic qualifier.

Zimbabwe’s Gabriel Mvumvure’s exit, when finishing third behind Carter, was compensated for by him clocking a 6.60 national record.

Nicola Bamford for the IAAF