Aug. 28, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State star Walter Dix added a World Championship silver medal in the 100-meter dash Sunday morning in Daegu, Korea on a day of mixed results for the strong Seminole contingent.
Dix crossed the finish line in 10.08, behind Jamaican sprint prodigy Yohan Blake, who grabbed the gold with a season-best time of 9.92. Blake and Dix advanced to the finals from the same semifinal heat earlier in the day when they finished 1-2 in 9.95 and 10.05, respectively.
Reigning NCAA champion Ngoni Makusha failed to advance from the semifinals, finishing fifth in his heat in 10.27. Makusha will try and make amends Wednesday in the qualifying round of the long jump, where he has the world’s second-best leap this season.
Only one runner cracked the 10-second barrier in the final, where the big news was made by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. The world record holder was disqualified for a false start in the finals. Times were slowed once again by less than ideal conditions for a second consecutive day as the sprint field once again had to contend with a headwind.
It didn’t take long for former Seminole and Great Britain standout Hannah England to punch her ticket to the 1500 meter semifinals. England stayed with the pack before making her move to the front over the final 300 meters to win the first heat in 4:13.45, which was the slowest winning time of the three heats.
That could serve England well when she toes the starting line again for Tuesday’s semifinal round.
Belgium’s Borlee brothers – Kevin and Jonathan – advanced to Monday’s semifinal round in the 400-meter dash with relative ease. Kevin Borlee raced to a second-place finish in the third heat in 44.77, which was the second-fastest time of the day to heat winner LaShawn Merritt of the United States. Jonathan Borlee followed in the fourth heat with a second-place finish in 45.16, right on the heels of Grenada’s Kirani James (45.12).
US pole vaulter Lacy Janson was not as fortunate in her qualifying round Sunday morning. Janson missed her first two attempts at 4.25 meters before clearing the height, then nailed her first attempt at 4.40m (14-5 ¼) before she was eliminated at 4.50m.
The only Seminoles in action on Monday’s World Championships schedule will be the Borlee’s in the 400-meter semifinals.