Monday, August 18, 2008

Nery Brenes wins 400 meter heat!

Nery Brenes of Costa Rica leads the third heat of the men's 400m competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008. Brenes won the heat and advanced to the semifinals. (Photo by Getty Images)Costa Rican sprinter advances to men's 400 meter semifinal

By Nicolas Ruggia
Tico Times Staff

Limon's Nery Brenes' performance Sunday in the third heat of the men's 400 meter race at the Beijing Olympics is so far Costa Rica's shining moment at the 2008 games.

Brenes won his heat with a time of 45.36 seconds, sending him into the semifinals. Bahamian Christ Brown had the fastest qualifying time at 44.79. U.S. runner Michael Johnson set the 43.18 world record in 1999.

Brenes' personal bests put him seventh out of the nine runners slated in the first semifinal, the slowest of the three semifinal events, which will take place on Tuesday at 21:45 Beijing time or 7:45 a.m. Costa Rican time.

The top two finishers in each heat will advance to the finals, as well as the two runners with the next-best times.

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