The Belarusian hurdler breaks the championship record for gold on the final day of the IAAF World U20 Championships, while Alicia Barrett comes close to the British under-20 record
Elvira Herman clocked 12.85 to claim 100m hurdles gold at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday (July 24), with the Belarusian athlete breaking the championship and European under-20 records in the process.
On the final day of the championships, European under-20 champion Herman came out on top in a close final which saw five athletes go sub-13 seconds and just 0.08 cover the first four. Silver went to Jamaica’s Rushelle Burton in a national under-20 record time of 12.85, while 15-year-old Tia Jones of USA got bronze with 12.89.
Britain’s Alicia Barrett ran a PB in every round and clocked 13.15 for sixth in the final to move to second on the UK under-20 all-time list behind Yasmin Miller.
“I am so happy, I can’t believe I have just done that,” she said. “It is lovely to have a happy tear. Everything went to plan. I don’t think I hit a hurdle. I am very proud, even though I was beaten by a fifteen year old!”
USA teams won both the men’s and women’s 4x400m titles to help the nation to a medal table-topping total of 21 medals – 11 of those gold – in Bydgoszcz.
The men’s team ran 3:02.39 to beat Botswana and Jamaica, while the women’s team clocked 3:29.11 ahead of Jamaica and Canada.
Adanech Anbesa led an Ethiopian 1-2 as she won 1500m gold in 4:08.07 ahead of Fantu Worku with 4:08.43, while bronze went to USA’s Christina Aragon with 4:08.71. Britain’s Bobby Clay and Harriet Knowles-Jones placed seventh and eighth with respective times of 4:13.09 and a 4:15.49 PB.
Kenya’s Amos Kirui won the 3000m steeplechase title in 8:20.43 from Eritrea’s Yemane Haileselassie with 8:22.67 as Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale ran a PB of 8:22.83 to claim bronze by just 0.01 despite falling twice on his way to the line and once over it. The 800m title was won by Kipyegon Bett from his fellow Kenyan Willy Tarbei – 1:44.95 to 1:45.50.
Czech Republic’s world under-18 champion Michaela Hruba had a fine series of clearances up to her winning height of 1.91m to take the high jump title, with her winning height the only one she needed more than a single attempt at. Mexico’s Ximena Lizbeth Esquivel secured silver with 1.89m.
Qatar’s Mohamed Ibrahim Moaaz threw a 63.63m national record in the first round of the discus competition and that remained his best and enough for victory ahead of Poland’s Oskar Stachnik with a 62.83m PB. Britain’s George Evans was unable to record a mark.
Results can be found here.