Aug. 19, 2009
BERLIN, Germany (Seminoles.com) –
Charles Clark continued his journey toward a world championship on Wednesday when the senior finished third in his semifinal to advance to Thursday’s final in the 200-meter at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Clark posted a season-best 20.27 in the event to move on as one of eight finalists.
Coming out of lane two Clark appeared to be in the middle of the pack as the group made the turn but Clark along with Jamaica’s Steve Mullings in lane three, Azerbaijan’s Guliyev Ramil in lane four and fellow American Wallace Spearmon pulled away down the stretch. Spearmon cruised to the win leaving Clark, Mullings and Ramil battle for the second through fourth as all four athletes advanced to Thursday’s 200-meter final.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native opened the competition on Tuesday with a 20.87 in the opening round of heats before posting a 20.55 later in the afternoon in the quarterfinal round. Clark continued his improvement on Wednesday when he ran a season-best 20.27 and will look to improve even more on Thursday when he does battle with the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.
Kevin Borlee and former Seminoles star Ricardo Chambers were also in action on Wednesday as the pair were matched up in the same 400-meter semifinal. The pair each posted season bests with Chambers claiming third in a time of 45.13, while Borlee was right behind him in fourth with a time of 45.28. Only the top two from the heat advanced leaving Chambers and Borlee on the outside of Friday’s final.
Clark will not be the only Seminole in action on Thursday as Ngonidzashe Makusha opens up competition in the long jump with qualifying set to begin at 12 noon ET.
Clark has drawn lane seven for the 200 final and will have fellow American Shawn Crawford on his outside in lane eight and Bolt just two lanes to his left in lane five.
Startlist for 200-meter final
Lane Athlete Country 2009 Personal Best
1 Ramil Guliyev AZERBAIJAN 20.04 20.04
2 David Alerte FRANCE 20.45 20.33
3 Steve Mullings JAMAICA 20.01 20.01
4 Wallace Spearmon UNITED STATES 19.98 19.65
5 Usain Bolt JAMAICA 19.59 19.30
6 Alonso Edward PANAMA 20.00 20.00
7 Charles Clark UNITED STATES 20.27 20.22
8 Shawn Crawford UNITED STATES 20.19 19.7