Waiting gameVERONICA Campbell and Lauryn Williams waited and waited on the track for a winner to be announced in the finals of the 100m.
Then again, it takes a while to calculate a time out to the thousandth of a second. Campbell was awarded the gold over Williams by three-one-thousandths of a second – the margin announced officially yesterday.
Since the IAAF has provisions to read out that far, there was no thought of awarding a dual gold medal.
“It was close, but you can differentiate,'' said Paul Hardy, the IAAF events and competitions director.
The times of both Campbell and Williams are listed at an identical 11.01.
At first, the stadium's screen flashed American Torri Edwards as the winner. However, when the results were officially posted, Edwards wound up fourth.
“Unfortunately, it was human error,'' Hardy explained of the mistake.
“While the time read correctly, the lane was input incorrectly.''
Sagging attendance?HARDY said the IAAF was not disappointed in the number of fans showing up for events.
However, he is hoping it will pick up.
“The organising committee is still working hard throughout Osaka,'' Hardy said.
“We are still getting a fairly decent walk-up crowd.
“Unfortunately, sometimes a gold medal by the host country is often the best promotion you can have.''
Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi, one of the country's best chances at a medal, finished sixth.
The television numbers have been holding steady. IAAF officials said the men's 100m final drew a rating of 20.
A typical television audience for a Japanese baseball game – the most popular sport on TV – is 10.
Long nightTHE IAAF's jury of appeals had a busy night listening to protest arguments. The committee ended up disqualifying European champion Mehdi Baala of France in the 1,500m for obstructing Moroccan Youssef Baba as they jostled for position down the home stretch.
Baba was given a place in the final.
“That was another interesting race and kept us here quite late,'' Hardy said.
A French appeal against the disqualification was rejected.
Under the weatherABOUT 50 employees of Japanese broadcaster TBS came down with suspected food poisoning on Monday after eating boxed lunches provided by a local caterer, the Asahi newspaper reported.
Of the 50, 13 were taken to a hospital in Osaka. While food poisoning is rare in Japan, cases do rise in the summer months.
Temperatures at the worlds have soared to the mid-30s (Celsius) with high humidity. – AP