2011 World Youth, Day 2: The Jacko Gill Story, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Jacko Gill, 2011 World Youth Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the big stories of the World Youth Champs is Jacko Gill of New Zealand. The Kiwi shot putter is making a name for himself, not only with his shot prowess, but his relative young age! His throwing in Lille, France is one for the record books! Alfons Juck, our man of the world, describes Gill's world record day below!

Gill_JackoH-WorYouth11.jpg Jacko Gill, 2011 World Youth Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jacko Gill, 2011 World Youth Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jacko Gill show

LILLE (FRA, Jul 7): Super talent Jacko Gill from New Zealand was the star of the second day at World Youth Championships. In second round he got superb world youth best 24.35 with 5 kg implement. He also had following 24.03, 23.54 and 24.02 marks. His previous world best from December 2010 was 23.86. "It was good competition so I was really quite pumped, I just hit that first throw and the second was quite good so to know I was hopefully going to win the competition quite early was good," said Gill for NZ Athletics website.

The other two medals for USA: Tyler Schultz was second 20.25 ahead of Braheme Days 20.14. Another top mark came from Australian Jake Stein who won the octathlon with world leading 6491 points after six personal bests. "This is the best day of my life, all I can say is that I'm stoked," Stein said. Silver for Fredrick Ekholm of Sweden 6127 and bronze for Brazilian Felipe dos Santos 5966. US dominated in the girls 100 m final (-0.6), Jennifer Madu won in 11.57 ahead of Myasia Jacobs 11.61 and Jamaican favorite Christiania Williams who was leading until 90 m 11.63.

Close finish in the boys 100 m, finally the gold for Jamaica as Odail Todd got 10.51 (-0.3). Second Japanese Kazuma Oseto 10.52 and third home French Michael-Meba Zeze 10.57. German Christin Hussong improved three times her javelin best, the winning mark was world leading 59.74 m. Silver for Sofi Flinck of Sweden 54.62 and bronze for Monique Cilione of Australia 52.77. Trinity Wilson of USA won the 100m hurdles in world leading 13.11 ahead of Swiss Noemi Zbaren 13.17.

World best of French Adriana Lamalle 13.08 was close. Kendall Williams of USA got the bronze (13.28). Qing Lin won the long jump for the China 783 ahead of Johan Taleus of Sweden 744 and Italian Stefano Brago 742.

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