12 Heats is a lot of heats when they are spaced 5 minutes apart.
When you have over 81 entrants, 4 qualifying rounds are required by the IAAF. With 89 declared competitors, we had 12 heats where the top 3 places and 4 fastest times (i.e. “3P4T”) advanced to the Quarter-Final round of 40 athletes.
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The heavy American favorite, Robert Thomas, literally jogs the last 50 meters making it look so easy.
START LIST / Lane Assignments
2 ZANELLI, Alberto, ITA
3 PIAZZA, Maurizio, ITA
4 COLON TORRES, Franklyn, PUR
6 THOMAS, Robert, USA
7 MARTINET, Etienne, FRA
8 KING, Barrington, GBR
Full results can be found here.