Tiger Marc Burns Finishes Seventh in World-Class 100m Final
August 8, 2005
Helsinki, Finland - After two days of competition, former All-American Marc Burns became the first Auburn track and field athlete to qualify for a final at the 10th IAAF World Championship in Athletes. Burns ended up seventh in the 100m final on Sunday evening in Finland.
"My motive was to make the final," Burns commented. "From that perspective, I had a successful World Games. At the end, my legs became a bit fatigued, so I was just trying to time my lean at the tape. It was just a matter of who had more fuel left in the tank. I am very young and every time I step on the track I learn something new. I am gaining experience race by race, and hopefully by the time I am at my optimum age I reap great rewards. "
Competing in his second World Championship, Burns was clocked at 10.14 in the 100m final to grab seventh place. In the semi-final round on Sunday morning, Burns ran a faster 10.12. He entered the competition with the fourth fastest 100m time in the world this season (9.96) which he earned at the CAC Championship a month ago. Burns will run with his Trinidad & Tobago 4x100 team on Aug. 12 in the qualifying round.
"It is back to the (Athletes') Village," Burns said. "The goal is to get the stick around, have fun, and hopefully medal."
Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin won the gold for the United States in a time of 9.88. With this time, he recorded the widest margin of victory in a 100m final (men's or women's) in the 22-year history of the World Championships.
Three competitors concluded their championships this weekend. Junior Edis Elkasevic threw 18.59m (61-0) in the shot put qualifying round, well off his PR of 20.94m, and did not advance to the final. Two-time NCAA Champion Gabor Mate threw 58.97m (193-5) in the discus qualifying round but failed to make the final. Mate was well of his personal best of 66.54m (218-4) in the discus. Former NCAA Champion Dean Griffiths ran in the semi-final of the 400m hurdles and ended up sixth in the first heat (48.89) but was two places shy of qualifying for the final.
There will be no AU athletes competing in Monday's events, but on Tuesday, Aug. 9, Sanjay Ayre, Vonette Dixon, Elva Goulbourne, Avard Moncur, Leevan Sands, Maurice Smith and Lanceford Spence will all begin their World Championship.
Full results from each day of competition can be found by visiting http://www.iaaf.org.