Heptathlete adds high jump victory to multi-event crown while GB women claim 4x400m silver on final day of World Junior Championships
Morgan Lake claimed her second world junior title in Eugene on Sunday as she cleared 1.93m for high jump gold to go with her heptathlon victory from a few days before.
The 17-year-old was among the seven individual event winners on the final day of IAAF World Junior Championships action.
As part of the heptathlon competition she had broken the British junior high jump record with her clearance of 1.94m on the first day of the championships and she continued that form right through until the end, finishing just one centimetre shy of that mark to take the individual title too ahead of Michaela Hruba with a Czech junior, and youth, record of 1.91m. Bronze went to Irina Ilieva with 1.88m, the Russian claiming a medal on countback.
“I was hoping to get one medal here and maybe another in two years’ time but to get two medals here, I’m really happy,” said Lake, who also went on to attempt 1.97m for what would have been a British senior record.
“Now I have the Europeans with just the high jump,” she added.
Also adding to the Great Britain & Northern Ireland medal tally were the women’s 4x400m relay team as Shona Richards, Loren Bleaken, Sabrina Bakare and Cheriece Hylton combined to clock 3:32.00 for silver and the second fastest-ever time recorded by a GB junior team.
The US quartet were dominant for victory – their 3:30.42 a world junior lead. Bronze went to Germany with 3:33.02.
USA also won the men’s 4x400m relay, adding to their nation’s wins in the sprint relays too, as they clocked a 3:03.31 world junior lead ahead of Japan with 3:04.11 and Jamaica with 3:04.47. GB’s Ben Snaith, Tom Somers, Elliot Rutter and Jack Crosby ran 3:06.42 for fourth.
The top three all went sub-13 seconds in the 100m hurdles final, led by Kendell Williams of the US with a 12.89 championship record. GB’s Yasmin Miller finished just outside the medals with 13.13 to break the British junior record.
Alfred Kipketer added world junior 800m victory to his world youth crown, leading home a Kenyan one-two with his time of 1:43.95. Joshua Tiampati Masikonde secured silver with a 1:45.14 PB while bronze went to Sweden’s Andreas Almgren with a 1:45.65 national junior record. GB’s Kyle Langford ran 1:55.21 for eighth.
The top two spots in the women’s 1500m were claimed by athletes from the same nation, too, though this time it was Ethiopia to dominate as world youth silver medallist Dawit Seyaum clocked 4:09.86 to win from her compatriot Gudaf Tsegay with 4:10.83. British duo Bobby Clay and Amy Griffiths finished eighth and 11th with 4:16.47 and 4:17.54 respectively.
There was another Kenyan one-two in the men’s 3000m steeplechase as Barnabas Kipyego ran 8:25.57 for gold to Titus Kipruto Kibiego’s 8:26.15 for silver.
The men’s triple jump was won by Cuba’s Lazaro Martinez who adds his world junior title with a championship record leap of 17.13m to the world youth crown he claimed last year. Javelin gold went to Latvia’s Gatis Cakss with a 74.04m PB.
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