DOHA, Qatar – Christian Cantwell’s automatic
qualifier and the fastest qualifying times in the men’s and women’s 400m
by Jamaal Torrance and Debbie Dunn highlighted Day 1’s morning session
at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 12-14, in the Aspire
Dome in Doha, Qatar.
In the first round of the women’s 400m, 2010 USA Indoor
champion Debbie Dunn had the fastest qualifier of the morning, winning
her heat in 52.24. DeeDee Trotter tied for the win in her heat, crossing
the line in 52.75. On the men’s side, 2009 USA Indoor champ Jamaal
Torrance had the fastest qualifier in winning his heat in 46.70.
Two-time World Outdoor 400m hurdles medalist Bershawn Jackson won his
heat in 46.87.
Two-time World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell qualified
for the final of the men’s shot put on his first throw with a heave of
20.72m/670in75. 2008 NCAA Outdoor champion Cory Martin was tenth in
qualifying with a best effort of 20.23m/660in5 and did not advance to
World-ranked #2 over 800m for 2009, Anna Pierce won heat 1
of the women’s 800m in 2:03.05 while Alysia Johnson placed third in heat
2 with 2:01.55 and advanced to Sunday’s final on time. 2006 NACAC U23
champion Duane Solomon finished third in heat 4 of the men’s 800m in
1:49.69 and advanced to tomorrow’s semifinal by time. Two-time USA
Indoor champion Nick Symmonds was disqualified from heat 1 for a lane
violation. Symmonds was flagged for running on the line 10 meters before
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Chaunte Howard Lowe
advanced to the final of the women’s high jump with her clearance of
1.92m/60in5. 2008 Olympian Derek Miles qualified for the final in the
men’s pole vault with his clearance of 5.60m/180in5 while 2004 Olympic
gold medalist Tim Mack cleared 5.45m/170in5 and did not advance.
2010 USA Indoor champion Erica McLain finished 13th
in women’s triple jump qualifying with a hop, skip and jump of
This year’s edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships
will be streamed LIVE on Universal Sports and replayed on TV each night
at 6 p.m. ET. For more information, go to www.universalsports.com.
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Championships, visit www.usatf.org.