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The heat is on for 400m male athletes

26 July 2002

The second round of the men's 400m race has taken place tonight at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Daniel Caines

Daniel Caines pressed the accelerator at 200 metres

Heat 1 of the men's 400m second round saw Eric Milazar of Mauritius take first place. Milazar has proved he's one to watch since appearing in the 2000 Olympics.

Michael Blackwood of Jamaica finished in second place. Australia's Clinton Hill came in a close third. He will be hoping to achieve a medal in the Games following his success at the 2001 World Student Games where he scooped a silver medal.

Heat 2 saw victory for Shane Niemi of Canada. The winner of the 2001 World Francophone Games pushed Jamaica's Sanjay Ayre into place.

Avard Moncur finished first for the Bahamas, in Heat 3. He completed the race in 46.11 seconds and later commented: "I didn't want to kill myself. I just wanted to go there, try to relax and try to win. This is not the final. Medals are not won."

Marcus la Grange of South Africa followed close behind and reached a time of 46.19 seconds. England's Sean Baldock finished in third place.

Heat 4 proved successful for Grenada's Alleyne Francique. He finished in 45.93 seconds. England's Daniel Caines came in second at 46.11 seconds.

Caines, a hot hope for England: "I just jogged the first 200 and then I thought 'you've got a bit of work to do here'. So I worked the third 100 and got myself into a position where I'll get a good lane tomorrow. Then I'm looking around and I'm in the lead."

Sugath Thilakaratne of Sri Lanka completed the top three line-up. He will be hoping to retain this position and gain a further Games medal following his bronze award at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commowealth Games.

The men's 400m semi-final will take place tomorrow night at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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