Haiti - Sports : Marlena Wesh, qualified for the semi-finals of 400 meters
After this race, Marlena Wesh, who finished in 3rd position, has qualified for the semi-finals to be held this Saturday, August 4th with a time of 51.98 seconds [her best time for the season was 51.23 seconds] For the semifinals, Marlena will be alongside 23 other athletes qualified (whe will participate in the 3rd race in corridor 9 alongside 8 other athletes, MCCONNELL Lee of Great Britain, OMOTOSHO Omolara of Nigeria, TROTTER DeeDee, of the United States, KRIVOSHAPKA Antonina of the Russian Federation, PYHYDA Nataliya of Ukraine, WILLIAMS-MILLS Novlene of Jamaica and RODRIGUEZ Carol of Puerto Rico), the qualification for the finals will not be easy and she will have to give her maximum and more... but as we say in Haiti everything is possible, even the impossible... and this qualification for the semifinals, it is already a lot of pride for our country.
The world record in this discipline is 47.60 seconds (Germany) and the Olympic record 48.25 seconds (France)...
Our Haitian young athlete, will also participate in the 200 meters at the Olympic Stadium on August 6.
Competition format of 400 m
The competition starts with heats. The number of heats and the number of athletes progressing to the next round depends on the number of athletes competing. In each heat the fastest athletes go through, as well as a set number of the fastest losers across all the heats. The following rounds run on the same format, until eight athletes are through to compete in the final.
The most dramatic error for spectators, and arguably the most cruel for athletes, is the false start. Once in the set position on the blocks, any athlete moves off the starting blocks either before the gun has fired or within 0.10 sec of the gun firing is disqualified. Athletes can also be penalised for running out of their lane or obstructing another athlete.
Learn more about Marlena Wesh :
Marlena Wesh, was born February 16, 1991, in Virginia. She is studying psychology at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, competed in the women's 400 meters at the Olympic Stadium, her personal record in this discipline and best time of the season is 51.23 seconds.
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