Khalipa was amazingly quick out of the gate. He was several meters ahead by the time they left the stadium. Jason Neago was in second, just ahead of Phillips and Speal, but not for long. The two moved fast through the "flats." Brandon was on Khalipa's heels as they hit the final pitch.
Speal kept the most speed through the final stretch, weaving his way between Phillips and Khalipa to win the heat in an impressive 1:08.4. Khalipa showed a final burst at the end to edge out Phillips (1:10.0 and 1:11.6, respectively).