With two of the world's top three – American Rai Benjamin and Qatari Abderrahman Samba – in his group, life was bound to be tough for M.P. Jabir in the 400m hurdles semifinal at the World athletics championships in Doha on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was also in the last lane, virtually a blind alley. And despite a brave attempt at the end, Jabir could only finish fifth in 45.71s and failed to qualify for the final.

He was 16th overall. Jabir had won the bronze at the Asian championships in Doha in April with a personal best of 49.13. Even that time on Saturday would not have helped him make the cut.

Norway's Karsten Warholm, the world's fastest hurdler this year, topped the semifinals with 46.92s.

Dutee falters

Meanwhile World University Games champion Dutee Chand, the country's fastest woman with a time of 11.26s, was far away from her best as she finished seventh in her heat (37th overall) clocking 11.48s and failed to enter the semifinal.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a former two-time Olympic champion, was the fastest qualifier with 10.80s and three Chinese – Xiaojing Liang (11.18), Wei Yongli and Ge Manqi (both 11.28) – also made the grade.

Missing out was Asian champion Kazakhstan's Olga Safronova who finished 31st with 11.40s.