Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nery Brenes gets national record, fails to qualify

(Photo by Emilia Naranjo / EFE)Tiquicia's sprinter fails to advance by 0.12 seconds

By Nicolas Ruggia
Tico Times

Costa Rican sprinter Nery Brenes was eliminated yesterday in Semifinal 1 of the men's 400-meter race in the Beijing Olympics.

Brenes ran a personal best and national record time of 44.94 seconds, finishing fourth in his semifinal event and 10th overall, just 0.12 seconds behind the final wildcard qualifying time.

Jeremy Wariner of the United States won in Brenes' group with a time of 44.15 seconds, and Bahamian Christopher Brown also advanced to the finals.

Brenes was Costa Rica's consensus best shot at Olympic hardware. Brenes won his heat in round one with a qualifying time of 45.36, finishing 18th among all first round runners, tied with Tabarie Henry of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kristopher Moitland, the second-time taekwondo entry, could also make some noise at 11 p.m. on Friday when he enters the ring.

Mountain biker Federico Ramirez will wrap up the Olympics for the Tico team at 1 a.m. Saturday.

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