Saturday 11 July, 2020

DOHA 2019: Akeem Bloomfield, Demish Gaye book spots in 400m final

Machel Cedenio, of Trinidad And Tobago, flashes a thumbs up as he crosses the finish line ahead of Anthony José Zambrano, of Colombia, left, and Akeem Bloomfield, of Jamaica, during the men's 400m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

Machel Cedenio, of Trinidad And Tobago, flashes a thumbs up as he crosses the finish line ahead of Anthony José Zambrano, of Colombia, left, and Akeem Bloomfield, of Jamaica, during the men's 400m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

Twenty-one-year-old Jamaican talent Akeem Bloomfield and national champion Demish Gaye have qualified for the men's 400m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Both Jamaicans are among the non-automatic qualifiers.

Bloomfield booked his spot with a 44.77-second clocking for third place in the third and final heat won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio (44.41 - a season's best) and Colombia's Anthony Jose Zambrano (44.55 - national record).

Gaye also finished third in his heat, this behind Bahamas' Steven Gardiner (44.13 - season's best) and Grenada's Kirani James (44.23 -  season's best), the 2011 world and 2012 Olympic champion. Gaye crossed the line in 44.66, also a season's best.

James is in his comeback season after spending two years battling an auto-immune disease.

Meanwhile, Michael Norman’s bid for the 400m gold is over.

The fastest man in the world over the 400 this year, the U.S. runner never got going in his semifinal and finished seventh, ahead of only an injured Kuwaiti runner. That heat was won by  Cedenio.

Gardiner's 44.13 is the fastest qualifying time ahead of James' 44.23.

The U.S. still has a shot at the gold after national champion Fred Kerley won his semifinal in 44.25. 

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