Carter runs 48.64 to win his heat in 400 hurdles

Men's Track And Field

Athens 2004

August 24, 2004|By Paul McMullen

ATHENS - James Carter breezed through the first round of the 400-meter hurdles last night, winning his heat in 48.64 seconds. He was the fourth fastest among the 34 entrants, a field that is headed by two-time world champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic.

Carter drew Lane 3 in the last of tonight's three semifinals. The winners and the next five fastest times will move on to Thursday's final.

A 1996 graduate of Mervo High who finished fourth in Sydney four years ago, Carter is seen as the top challenger to Sanchez, who has a three-year winning streak.

"I'm in the best shape of my life," Carter said. "I just ran an easy 48 seconds out of Lane 8."

Carter saw Japan's Dai Tamesue in Lane 7 draw even at the 200 and, when Greece's Periklis Iakovakis led coming off the turn, the crowd roared, but Carter rallied and won by 0.05 of a second.

Carver High graduate Bernard Williams, a prep rival of Carter's, is scheduled to run in the first round of the 200 this morning. The second round will be tonight, the semifinals tomorrow and the final Thursday.

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