Inspired decision by Mucheru to focus on 400mH

Boniface Tumuti Mucheru reached the finals of the 400m hurdles at the 2015 World athletics championships. In the process Mucheru clocked 48.29 and beat Two time world champion and one time Olymmpic champion Kerron Clement of the USA.

Mucheru won a bronze medal in the 400m flat at the 2014 African championships. He would have been expected to continue in that event but he chose to switch to the 400m hurdles. It now appears to be an excellent decision as he had very little chance of excelling at world level in the 400m flat.  He clocked 48.29, missing the Kenya record by only 0.05 of a second.

In the other semi-final, Nicholas Bett finished second to qualify for the final. Bett was a bronze medalist at the 2014 Africa athletics championships

It is not the first time that two Kenyans have reached the finals of the 400m hurdles at the world championships. For example as far back as 1993, Eric Keter and Barnabas Kinyor both made the final. It was then that Keter set the Kenya record of 48.24 that lasts to this day.

Race Video

Semi final Results 1

1 705 Boniface Mucheru Tumuti KEN KEN 48.29 Q PB 0.165
2 1005 Kerron Clement USA USA 48.50 Q 0.170
3 863 Timofey Chalyy RUS RUS 48.69 PB 0.178
4 599 Thomas Barr IRL IRL 48.71 0.196
5 454 Rasmus Mägi EST EST 48.76 0.132
6 158 Abdelmalik Lahoulou ALG ALG 48.87 NR 0.188
7 643 Annsert Whyte JAM JAM 48.90 SB 0.181
8 222 Michaël Bultheel BEL BEL 49.66 0.152

 

Semi final Results 3

1 1063 Michael Tinsley USA USA 48.47 Q 0.156
2 679 Nicholas Bett KEN KEN 48.54 Q 0.170
3 911 Kariem Hussein SUI SUI 48.59 0.153
4 518 Niall Flannery GBR GBR 49.17 0.181
5 822 Javier Culson PUR PUR 49.36 0.186
6 628 Leford Green JAM JAM 49.59 0.173
7 754 Kurt Couto MOZ MOZ 50.58 0.177
8 664 Yuki Matsushita JPN JPN 51.10 0.181

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