HE could have done with his superhero namesake’s death-defying skills, but when it came to the crunch poor Daniel Batman was found wanting and crashed out in the first round of the 400m at the World Championships.
The Australian was just one of a number of athletes here whose performances failed to match up to their exotic names.
Take Finnish high jumper Oskari Frosen who was never cool enough to make an impression and failed to reach the final as did the Cook Islands’ Harmon Harmon, so good they named him twice, but not clever enough to get out of long jump qualifying.
Slovakia’s Peter Tichy wasn’t walking tall when he was disqualified in the 50km walk, probably intimidated by the presence of Ivan Trotsky, of Belarus, who was sixth.
Maybe the Czech Republic’s Jiri Muzik, a semi-finalist in the men’s 400m hurdles, could soothe them while, in the women’s events, those missing out on medals could turn for comfort to Rosaria Console of Italy, who isn’t in action until Sunday when she races in the marathon.
Anita Bragger had little to boast about after failing to qualify in the 800m semi-final while Fatou Bintou Fall of Senegal stayed on her feet but wasn’t fast enough in the 400m.
Kirsten Klose of Germany was too far away in the hammer while Slovenia sprinter Maja Nose couldn’t sniff out hope in either the 100m or 200m.
After finishing 20th in the 20km walk, Germany’s Sabine Zimmer could have been forgiven for reaching for the mobility aid which bears her surname.
All in all, a shambles and just one man left to help.
Never mind Batman – call for Singapore sprinter Yusof Alias. – AFP