24 Aug 2009

Disappointment for Hamblin, Farquhar in Berlin

2:36 pm on 24 August 2009

There were two near misses for New Zealanders at the World Athletics championships in Berlin.

Nikki Hamblin's sixth place in her semi-final for the 1500 metres was just one place short of a finals spot.

Her time of 4.10.96 put her less than half a second behind the last qualifier.

And Stuart Farquhar missed out on the finals of the men's javelin.

His best throw of 78.53 metres was not quite enough to get him into the top twelve.

On the track Olympic champions and world record holders Jamaica moved into the 4x100 metres relay final at the world championships without Usain Bolt, who was resting after breaking the 200 world record a day earlier.

The United States were disqualified from the men's 4x100 metres relay on Friday after finishing fastest for the final.

The holders, who missed the 2008 Olympic final after dropping the baton in the heats, were found to have made a changeover outside the box, but said they would appeal.

And the Olympic 400 metres champion LeShawn Merritt deposed twice world champion Jeremy Wariner with a powerful finish to grab the only major title missing from his collection.

The 23-year-old Merritt won in a time of 44.06 seconds ahead of fellow American Wariner, who was seeking his third successive world title.

Allyson Felix of the United States easily won her 200 metres final in 22.02 seconds, becoming the first woman to win the event three times.

Australian Dani Samuels won the gold medal in the women's discus with a throw of 65.44 metres.

The gold in the 50 kilometre walk went to the Russian, Sergey Kirdyapkin, in a time of 3:38:35, almost three minutes faster than second placed Norweigan Trond Nymark.