A lucky qualification not just put Su Bingtian in the men’s 100m final as the first Asian in the athletics world championships but also set a new start for China’s sprinters.
The 26-year-old Su created history for China in the world championships sprint events when he became the first Chinese to run the blue-ribbon 100m final in Beijing.
Su managed to enter the final after a dramatic semifinal where three athletes all clocked 9.99 seconds and all of them qualified to make it a rare nine-man final.
It is also the first time in world championships history that a sub-10 second time has been required to reach the final.
Although Su finished ninth in 10.06 in the final, he said it’s good enough for him.