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Event Report Men 400m Hurdles Final

Reigning world 400m hurdle champion Felix SANCHEZ (DOM) has dominated his event for more than two years, his last defeat coming on July 2, 2001. Tonight, in the World Championship final, things were no different.
 
Right from the gun he showed the field a clean pair of heels. By 200m he had a clear lead, while a number of hurdlers were pressing their claims to be the best of the rest with Greek Periklis IAKOVAKIS, American Joey WOODY and world number two Kemel THOMPSON of Jamaica all prominent.
 
By the top of the straight Sanchez's lead was secure, with Woody in second and Olympic bronze medallist Llewellyn HERBERT (RSA) making real inroads after a conservative approach in the first half of the race. Herbert accelerated off the ninth hurdle and looked like the only athlete able to dethrone Sanchez. Disaster struck at the final barrier, however, as Herbert caught the hurdle with his lead foot and went crashing to the track below. He punched the Mondo as he realised his dreams of gold were over.
 
In his absence Sanchez was untroubled on the run in as he flew to the line, stopping the clock at 47.25, a new personal best by a tenth of a second, and the 11th fastest time ever run.
 
Woody was able to hang on for second, one place better than he managed at the US Trials, in a time of 48.18.
 
Having run a new national record in the semi-final Iakovakis produced his second best time to come up with the bronze medal, 48.24.
 
An Olympic finalist in the flat 400m, the hurdling novice, Danny MCFARLANE (JAM), produced the best finish other than Sanchez and was unlucky to end up fourth, 48.30. This was his second personal best of the meeting. He came in with 48.65 and lowered that to 48.35 in the semi-finals.
 
Thompson and Commonwealth champion Chris RAWLINSON (GBR) were unable to match those in front of them in the closing stages and finished in fifth, 48.51, and sixth,48.90, respectively.