Kerron Clement of the United States won the 400-meter hurdles in 47.61 seconds using his brute strength Tuesday at the track and field world championships.
Felix Sanchez was second in 48.01 and Marek Plawgo got the bronze in 48.12.
Olympic champion Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, the 2001 and 2003 champion, was looking for a third title.
He got away to a fast start but was caught at the top of the back straight by Clement, whose physical strength helped him overcome fatigue over the last two hurdles.
James Carter, the 2005 silver medalist, finished fourth.
Defending champion Bershawn Jackson of the United States stumbled at the last hurdle in the semifinals.