>> August 27, 2011
Whatever it is if you think you can't advance to finals or semifinals in the World championships, then personal best will be the major goal isn't it? Athletes who did it would be considered successful and not waste of time.
American Samoa's Sogelau Tuvalu was the limelight in the first day (morning session) of the IAAF World championships in Athletics, Daegu 2011. The 17-year-old big guy who may weigh at least 130kg or almost 300 pounds ran an incredible (for the size!) personal best 15.66s (-0.9) in the heat 4 of men's 100m preliminary round. The heat was won by Malaysia's Mohd Noor Imran Hadi who managed to run 10.77s, unfortunately not a personal best as his best is 10.40s - I'm not saying he did not success, though he has the chance to improve the time in the Round 2 or Qurterfinals (first ever Malaysian sprinters to advance in the next round of 100m in World champs).
NOT THE SLOWEST TIME
Surprisingly, Tuvalu's time is NOT the slowest in the World championships history. Who the heck slower than this man? Kim Collins of St Kitts!!. He ran 21.73s during the round 1 at the 1997 World champs in Athens, and 6 years later (2003) he became the World 100m champion.
Men's 100m Heat 4 - IAAF World Championships, Daegu 2011
Sogelau Tuvalu's Post Race Interview
Full Results (Men's 100m Preliminary Rounds)