BIRMINGHAM, England – Aggie alum Deon Lendore advanced to the final of the 400 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Championships after running two rounds on Friday. The final will take place on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. CT. and Lendore will occupy lane one.
Lendore placed second in both races, posting times of 46.68 in the prelim and 46.33 in the semifinal.
The day didn’t fare so well for other Texas A&M alums in action, which included Bralon Taplin (Grenada), Donavan Brazier (United State) and Lindon Victor (Grenada).
An officiating calamity created a grand total of 15 disqualifications for lane infringement in oval races throughout the second day of the meet, five of which occurred in the first round of the men’s 400m.
There were also five disqualifications for the same infraction in the women’s 400, two in the prelims and three in the semifinals.
Following a false start by Abdellah Hardoun of Qatar in the third section of the 400m prelims, Taplin won the heat in 46.37. Then the entire field of four runners in the heat was disqualified for lane infringement. Taplin’s time would have led all qualifiers to the semifinal, ahead of the 46.45 by Luka Janezic of Slovenia.
Brazier suffered the same fate of lane infringement in the first round of the 800m, where he placed fourth in his heat with a time of 1:47.81.
The first day of the heptathlon finds Victor in 11th place with a total of 2,204 points, which includes a no height in the high jump. Victor opened with a 6.98 in the 60m for 889 points, but only added 492 points with a 18-2 ½ long jump. He picked up 823 points with a 51-0 shot put, but didn’t score any points in the high jump.