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No joy for Smith in 400m
- Updated: August 18, 2009
South Africa’s Pieter Smith exited the 400 metre event at the first round in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday.
Smith has had a hard time of things after an early-season injury and trailed in sixth and last in his heat, the last of seven heats in the one-lap event.
His time was a sluggish 48.18sec, well behind two-time world champion Jeremy Wariner (45.54) who won the heat.
Smith ended up 45th of the 48 finishers and will be hoping to atone in the 4x400m relay event later in the championship.
Quickest qualifier of the morning was Bahama’s Ramone Miller in 45sec flat. Wariner’s main threat, and reigning Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt, was fifth fastest qualifer in 45.23.
The semi-finals will be contested Wednesday evening.