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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Johnny Speed (yes, that’s his real name) of the USA wins his heat easily.
START LIST / Lane Assignments
2 WAGNER, Robert, GER
3 MAURI, Rosario, ITA
4 SPEED, Johnny, USA
5 BARCHI, Paolo, ITA
6 NAVARRO, Francisco Javier, ESP
7 REDDINGTON, Glen, GBR
Full results can be found here.