1987 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

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These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres Hurdles event at the 1987 IAAF World Championships in Rome, Italy. There were a total number of 47 participating athletes, with six qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Tuesday 1987-09-01.

400 metres hurdles track and field hurdling event

The 400 metres hurdles is a track and field hurdling event. The event has been on the Olympic athletics programme since 1900 for men and since 1984 for women.

1987 World Championships in Athletics 1987 edition of the World Championships in Athletics

The 2nd World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy between August 28 and September 6, 1987.

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After 122 consecutive victories, Edwin Moses's winning streak was finally broken in June by Danny Harris. Harris was in lane 5, while Moses was in lane three. Between them was Harald Schmid, the man who had last beaten Moses at the beginning of the streak. Surrounding them were the usual suspects of 1980's long hurdling.

Edwin Moses American track and field athlete

Edwin Corley Moses is an American former track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals and set the world record in the event four times. In addition to his running, Moses was also an innovative reformer in the areas of Olympic eligibility and drug testing. In 2000, he was elected the first Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes.

Danny Harris American hurdler

Danny Lee Harris is an American former track and field athlete who specialized in the 400-meter hurdles. He won silver medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1987 World Championships in Rome, both behind Edwin Moses. His time of 48.02 in 1984 at age 18 is still the current world junior record.

Harald Schmid German track-and-field athlete

Harald Schmid is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the sprints and hurdles. He was one of the best 400 metres hurdles runners in the world during his career.

From the gun, Moses took the race out hard, making up the stagger to catch Schmid just past the fourth hurdle. Harris was also out fast but not as aggressively as Moses, taking hurdles one stride behind. Running his famous 13 steps, Moses pulled away through the final turn as Schmid accelerated to keep pace. He had a two-metre lead coming of the 9th hurdle with Schmid passing Harris as Harris took the hurdle leaning back. Moses maintained his lead over the final hurdle as Harris fought back to a slight advantage against Schmid. But Moses was struggling to maintain his stride, Harris had the momentum and Schmid was responding to the challenge. The gap was disappearing as all three were fighting to get to the line. Moses dived for the line in desperation, Harris maintained form and Schmid gave a textbook lean reminiscent of Colin Jackson to try to get ahead. In the closest 400 metres hurdles race in World Championship history, Moses saved the victory in 47.46, while Harris and Schmid were given the same time of 47.48, with Harris getting the knod for silver.

Colin Jackson Welsh hurdler

Colin Ray Jackson, CBE is a British former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion. His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles stood for over a decade and he remains the 60 metres hurdles world record holder.

After 11 years of chasing Moses, it was a European record and personal best for Schmid. Schmid's record would last almost 8 years and still ranks #16 on the all-time list. It was a World Championship record for Moses.

Final

RANKLANEFINALTIME
Med 1.png 3Flag of the United States.svg  Edwin Moses  (USA)47.46 CR
Med 2.png 5Flag of the United States.svg  Danny Harris  (USA)47.48
Med 3.png 4Flag of Germany.svg  Harald Schmid  (FRG)47.48 AR
4.6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sven Nylander  (SWE)48.37
5.2Flag of Senegal.svg  Amadou Dia Ba  (SEN)48.37
6.1Flag of Nigeria.svg  Henry Amike  (NGR)48.63
7.7Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Kriss Akabusi  (GBR)48.74
8.8Flag of Spain.svg  José Alonso  (ESP)49.46

Semi-Finals

RANKHEAT 1TIME
1.Flag of Germany.svg  Harald Schmid  (FRG)48.23
2.Flag of the United States.svg  Danny Harris  (USA)48.24
3.Flag of Sweden.svg  Sven Nylander  (SWE)48.46
4.Flag of Nigeria.svg  Henry Amike  (NGR)48.50 NR
5.Flag of the United States.svg  David Patrick  (USA)48.56
6.Flag of Jamaica.svg  Winthrop Graham  (JAM)48.64
7.Flag of Kenya.svg  Shem Ochako  (KEN)49.87
8.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Max Robertson  (GBR)49.90


RANKHEAT 2TIME
1.Flag of the United States.svg  Edwin Moses  (USA)48.38
2.Flag of Senegal.svg  Amadou Dia Ba  (SEN)48.53
3.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Kriss Akabusi  (GBR)48.64
4.Flag of Spain.svg  José Alonso  (ESP)49.00 NR
5.Flag of Sweden.svg  Thomas Nyberg  (SWE)49.03
6.Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Toma Tomov  (BUL)49.11
7.Flag of Japan.svg  Ryoichi Yoshida  (JPN)49.39
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Aleksandr Vasilyev  (URS)DNF

Qualifying heats

RANKHEAT 1TIME
1.Flag of the United States.svg  Edwin Moses  (USA)49.03
2.Flag of Nigeria.svg  Henry Amike  (NGR)49.56
3.Flag of Japan.svg  Ryoichi Yoshida  (JPN)49.87
4.Flag of Kenya.svg  Simon Kitur  (KEN)50.30
5.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Martin Gillingham  (GBR)50.64
6.Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Michel Zimmerman  (BEL)50.70
7.Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Pedro Chiamulera  (BRA)50.71
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg  Victor Lima Raimundo  (STP)DNS


RANKHEAT 2TIME
1.Flag of the United States.svg  Danny Harris  (USA)48.74
2.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Max Robertson  (GBR)49.73
3.Flag of Kenya.svg  Shem Ochako  (KEN)49.86
4.Flag of France.svg  Gilles Vimbert  (FRA)50.34
5.Flag of Austria.svg  Thomas Futterknecht  (AUT)50.44
6.Flag of Chile.svg  Pablo Squella  (CHI)50.73
7.Flag of Germany.svg  Edgar Itt  (FRG)51.18
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Prince Dowai  (SLE)DNS


RANKHEAT 3TIME
1.Flag of Germany.svg  Harald Schmid  (FRG)49.28
2.Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Kriss Akabusi  (GBR)49.36
3.Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Aleksandr Vasilyev  (URS)49.99
4.Flag of Kenya.svg  Joseph Maritim  (KEN)50.04
5.Flag of Italy.svg  Angelo Locci  (ITA)51.15
6.Flag of Japan.svg  Shigenobu Ohmori  (JPN)51.20
7.Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Rok Kopitar  (YUG)51.53
8.Flag of Israel.svg  Ilan Goldwasser  (ISR)52.54


RANKHEAT 4TIME
1.Flag of Sweden.svg  Sven Nylander  (SWE)49.95
2.Flag of Senegal.svg  Amadou Dia Ba  (SEN)50.02
3.Flag of Germany.svg  Uwe Schmitt  (FRG)50.54
4.Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Rik Tommelein  (BEL)50.63
5.Flag of Kuwait.svg  Jasem Goma'an Al-Duaillah  (KUW)50.97
6.Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg  Krasimir Demirev  (BUL)51.07
7.Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Jozef Kucej  (TCH)51.13
8.Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Wilfredo Ferrer  (VEN)53.03


RANKHEAT 5TIME
1.Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg  Toma Tomov  (BUL)49.27
2.Flag of Jamaica.svg  Winthrop Graham  (JAM)49.34
3.Flag of Spain.svg  José Alonso  (ESP)49.42
4.Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Randy Cox  (TRI)50.14
5.Flag of France.svg  Philippe Gonigam  (FRA)50.38
6.Flag of Nigeria.svg  Daniel Ogidi  (NGR)50.51
7.Flag of Austria.svg  Klaus Ehrle  (AUT)50.91
8.Flag of Egypt.svg  Ahmed Abdelhalim Ghanem  (EGY)51.35


RANKHEAT 6TIME
1.Flag of Sweden.svg  Thomas Nyberg  (SWE)50.06
2.Flag of the United States.svg  David Patrick  (USA)50.10
3.Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  John Graham  (CAN)50.23
4.Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Greg Rolle  (BAH)50.63
5.Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Stanislav Navesnak  (TCH)50.65
6.Flag of Greece.svg  Athanasios Kalogiannis  (GRE)51.94
7.Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Ken Gordon  (AUS)52.22

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