Before that question is answered, another will be addressed: Can Tyson Gay, as brilliant as he is, even compete against Usain Bolt any more? That question will presumably be taken up Tuesday, when Bolt and Gay are likely to square off again, in the final of the men’s 200 meters.
Three Americans Advance In 800m
Americans fared well in other Sunday action in Berlin. Gina Gall, Hazel Clark and Maggie Vessey finished second, third, and second respectively in the qualifying round of the women’s 800m and passed on to the semifinals. Carmelita Jeter and Lauryn Williams won their respective quarterfinal heats of the women’s 100m to progress to the semfinal, and fellow American Muna Lee squeezed through as well.
In the women’s 400m semi’s, Debbie Dunn ran a personal best of 49.95 to finish third in a very fast quarterfinal heat and earned a lane in the final. Sanya Richards won her heat while Jessica Beard finished fifth in hers and failed to advance.
The big disappointment of the day for the American team was the semifinal round of the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Kyle Alcorn failed to finish the first heat followed by Josh McAdams and Dan Huling finishing last in their respective sections.