US sprinters among winners on fourth day of World Juniors as Morgan Lake returns to reach high jump final following heptathlon gold in Eugene

Kaylin Whitney and Trentavis Friday were among the ten athletes to strike gold on the fourth day of the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA.

Whitney, who set world youth bests over both the 100m and 200m earlier this season with 11.10 and 22.49 respectively, clocked 22.82 assisted by a 2.4m/sec wind for 200m gold to go with the 100m bronze she won two days before. Gold over the shorter distance had gone to Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who had also been selected to run half a lap in Eugene but she withdrew after claiming the 100m title. World youth champion Irene Ekelund of Sweden secured 200m silver in 22.97 as Ecuador’s Angela Tenorio with 23.15 as Asher-Smith’s training partner Shannon Hylton finished fourth with 23.25.

“I got out well and it was really close coming into the home straight,” said Hylton. “I’m really pleased because I ran from lane eight so I’m happy with how it went.”

Her twin sister Cheriece had been among the athletes in 4x100m relay heats action a little earlier on but the GB team also including Ama Pipi, Imani Lansiquot and Desiree Henry were unable to progress because of a dropped baton on the final changeover. The same fate also fell on the GB men’s sprint relay team as Reuben Arthur, Roy Ejiakwekwu, Chris Stone and Marvin Popoola also failed to get the baton round, dropping it on the second changeover.

Having run a European youth 200m record of 20.37 in the semi finals the day before, going second behind only Usain Bolt on the world youth all-time list, Tom Somers was another GB sprinter in action on day four. He clocked 20.92 (+2.3 m/sec) to finish seventh  in a final won by USA’s Friday with 20.04. Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru ran 20.25 for silver and Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara 20.31 for bronze.

“My preparation felt really good but maybe the nerves got to me being in this stadium,” said Somers, who is still only 17. “I can’t complain; I came out here and ran two PBs and made the final so I couldn’t be much happier but I wish I performed a bit better in the final.”

The first final of the day – the men’s 10,000m race walk – had been won by Japan’s Daisuke Matsunaga in a 39:27.19 championship record. Also on the track, Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde won 400m hurdles gold in 49.29, a title he adds to his world youth one for the 110m hurdles, while Kendall Baisden of the US won women’s 400m gold in 51.85 and the men’s 5000m title went to Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha with a 13:25.19 personal best. He adds that title to his world youth 3000m gold.

Out in the field and Qatar’s Ashraf Amgad Elseify retained his hammer title with a winning throw of 84.71m as GB’s Taylor Campbell threw 73.12m for ninth. The men’s high jump was won by Russia’s Mikhail Akimenko with a best clearance of 2.24m. GB’s Chris Kandu had attempted the winning height but failed his three goes and finished seventh with 2.20m.

Women’s shot put gold went to China’s 2011 world youth champion Tianqian Guo with 17.71m, while Brazil’s Izabela da Silva claimed the discus title with a big PB of 58.03m.

Morgan Lake was among the British athletes to progress as, fresh from winning heptathlon gold a couple of days before, she returned to clear the automatic high jump qualification mark of 1.85m on her second attempt to book a spot in Sunday’s final. A clearance of the now British junior record height of 1.94m had helped her on her way to claiming the heptathlon title.

» Full results from day four can be found here