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Go East for 1500m final

30 July 2002

The men's 1500m semi-finals produce determined displays from England's Michael East and Andrew Whiteman as qualifiers come through.

Anthony Whiteman

Whiteman controlled his qualifying run nicely

Kenyan William Chirchir (3:46.75) and Australia’s Youcef Abdi (3:46.79) claimed their places in the 1500m final whilst England’s Michael East (3:46.90) found himself having to come through a awkward situation to take third place.

Chirchir dictated a slow pace allowing him to keep energy in reserve for the final, winning the race in a time fifteen seconds outside his seasons best.

East, clearly nervous in his first major outdoor championship, was unhappy about the slow pace, and found himself boxed-in behind opponents Abdi and Kevin Sullivan (3:47.21) of Canada.

Croyden Harriers, John McCallum (3:47.37) was pushed into fifth place by Sullivan, but still qualified as a fastest loser. Welshman Matthew Shone (3:47.83) just missed out on qualification.

The second heat was run at an altogether much faster pace. Anthony Whiteman (3:43.25) ran a season’s best to hold off Ugandan, Julius Achon (3:43.32).

Guernsey’s Lee Merrien (3:47.68) went off at a blistering pace, completing the first 800m in a split time of (2:02.74) but could not hold on to qualify for Wednesday night’s final.

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