Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas won a comfortable race to win Heat Two of the semi-finals of the men’s 400 metres at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.
Gardiner defeated former champion Kirani James, who struggled towards the end of the race and seemed to be putting in more effort than Gardiner.
James was the early pacesetter as he went out hard with Gardiner in the lane ahead of him just maintaining his form.
Gardiner stepped up the pace going into the second curve to take the lead coming into the homestretch and cruised home to victory. Jamaica’s Demish Gaye came through in the final 50 metres to take third position.
Gardiner was clocked in 44.13 seconds, with James doing 44.23 and Gaye 44.65. All three ran season-best times. Gaye advanced to the final with one of two fastest losers time.