Summary of day two at the IAAF World Youth Championships where Edoburun secured 100m silver and Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson hurdled to a world youth best
Ahead of Donetsk, the majority of attention was on Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara and Cuba’s Reynier Mena for the boys’ sprints, with O’Hara the fastest entrant over the shorter distance.
But by the end of the 100m final, it was China’s Mo Youxue and Britain’s Ojie Edoburun (pictured) who had stolen the spotlight, thanks to their identical personal best and world youth-leading clockings of 10.35 to take gold and silver respectively.
In what was a photo finish, there was only two thousandths of a second that separated the pair, 10.346 to 10.348, as Mena crossed in 10.37 to take bronze and O’Hara clocked 10.37 for fourth.
Following on from his 10.55 PB to win the second semi-final, Edoburun pulled out all the stops to claim what was the first medal for Great Britain from Donetsk on a day that saw China top the medal table thanks to their haul of two golds, a silver and a bronze. the first gold being claimed by Xie Yuchen in Wednesday’s girls’ discus competition.
Although Edoburun provided the highlight from a British point of view, the standout performance from the second day of competition was in the girls’ 100m hurdles where Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson broke the world youth record with her 12.94 clocking. Just outside the 13 second mark was USA’s Dior Hall whose 13.01 was a national youth record as well as being enough for silver. Fellow American Mikiah Brisco won bronze with 13.29.
The American duo added their medals to the USA collection, to which just a little earlier Ky Westbrook had contributed the nation’s first gold thanks to her 11.33 personal best in the 100m, missing the championship record by just 0.02. Team-mate Ariana Washington took silver in 11.41.
The first final of the day came in the girls’ shot competition where a first-round personal best throw of 20.14m from Emel Dereli sealed the deal for the Turkish athlete. The boys’ long jump competition followed, with Anatloiy Ryapolov comfortably winning Russia’s first gold of the championships with his second-round leap of 7.79m, while Australia’s Mackenzie Little was the only athlete to break the 60m mark in the girls’ javelin competition, her personal best 61.47m enough for victory ahead of Cuba’s Yulenmis Aguilar (59.94m).
Having led from the very first event, Norway’s Karsten Warholm continued his dominance in the octathlon to take overall victory with a personal best 6451 points ahead of Russia’s Feliks Shestopalov (6260) and Jan Dolezal(6222).
Outside of the finals action and Sabrina Bakare was another Brit to impress, her 53.23 400m PB leading the qualifiers for tomorrow’s final. Kenyans Alfred Kipketer and Patrick Ronoh came out on top in their respective 800m semi-finals, with Britain’s Kyle Langford running a personal best 1:48.85 to secure his spot in the final.
One of the surprises of the day was to see China’s Wang Yang exit the 100m hurdles competition at the heats stage as he knocked the final barrier and fell, but he made up for it in the 400m hurdles as he won his semi-final in 50.72, as Jamaica’s Okeen Williams then bettered his world youth-leading time in winning the third semi-final in 50.53.
» For full results from Donetsk see here