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Daegu days: False start rule ends Cuddihy's challenge

Here’s everything you need to know about day two at the IAAF World Championships.

Joanne Cuddihy reacts following her disqualification in the 400m semi-finals.
Joanne Cuddihy reacts following her disqualification in the 400m semi-finals.
Image: Lee Jin-man/AP/Press Association Images

THERE WERE PLENTY of talking points on day two of the IAAF World Championships, with gold medals handed out in six events, including the much-anticipated men’s 100m final.

Here’s everything you need to know about today’s action in Daegu.

Irish Eye

Joanne Cuddihy (400m): Cuddihy was one of many athletes to fall foul of the IAAF’s false start rule today. The Kilkenny woman was disqualified from her 400m semi-final after she moved 0.3 seconds ahead of the gun. “I can’t blame anyone but myself for the false start,” she said afterwards, promising to “turn my focus to the 4x400m relay for redemption.”

Tori Pena (Pole Vault): American-born Tori Pena couldn’t manage to qualify for Tuesday’s pole vault final. After clearing her opening height of 4.10 metres, she failed three times at 4.25.

Good day for…

Oscar Pistorius (400m): The South African “blade runner” qualified for tomorrow’s semi-final, finishing third in his heat in a time of 45.39 seconds. “I really don’t feel like a pioneer,” the double amputee runner said afterwards, “but I’m very honoured to be in the position I’m in.”

Mo Farah (10,000m): One of Britain’s major medal hopes for the 2012 Olympics, Farah looked to have won the 10,000m gold only to be overtaken by Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia in the final strides.

Yohan Blake (100m): Two years after testing positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine and missing the 2009 World Championships, the 21-year-old Jamaican hit the headlines for the right reasons, winning the marquee 100m final in 9.92 seconds.

Bad day for…

Usain Bolt (100m): The world was watching to see if the Jamaican superstar could reproduce the heroics of Berlin 2009, but with Asafa Powell ruled out through injury, Bolt’s false start and disqualification meant that the final was contested without the two best sprinters in the world.

Joanne Cuddihy (400m): After running a season’s best yesterday to qualify for the semi-finals, today’s disqualification was heartbreaking for the Kilkenny woman.

Kenenisa Bekele (10,000m): Before today, the 29-year-old Ethiopian had never been beaten 0ver the distance. However, pre-race concerns about his fitness proved to be right as he was forced to pull up not long after the halfway point.

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