World Junior Diary, Day Four: US wins relays, by Alfons Juck

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Shamier Little, photo by PhotoRun.net

The World Juniors was six days of some fantastic track & field. One of my favorite performances was Shammier Little in the 400 meter hurdles. Ms. Little just dominated the event! 

Kudos to the US 4 x 100m relay teams. Although a couple of the hand offs were a bit ragged, they juniors got the batons around the track the fastest. 




US RELAY WINS

EUGENE (USA, Jul 26): US sprinting talent was at top display on Saturday at Hayward Field. Both teams won clearly the 4x100 m relay. Boys (Miller, Bromell, K. Williams, Friday) in 38.70 missed the world junior record only by 0.04. Silver for Japan 39.02 and bronze for Jamaica 39.12. In girls final (Daniels, Washington, Martin, Whitney) 43.46 ahead of Jamaica 43.97 and Germany 44.65. Another US gold for 400 m hurdles favorite Shamier Little 55.66 ahead of Briton Shona Richards 56.16 national junior record and Jade Miller of USA 56.22 PB. Ruth Jebet of Bahrain (Kenyan origin) won the steeple 9:36.74 beating Kenyans Rosefline Chepngetich 9:40.28 PB and Daisy Jepkemei 9:47.65. Technical gold medals for Europe. Big improvement for French Rougey Diallo to 14.44 +3.3 but also legal national junior record 14.20 (+1.8). Second Liadagmis Povea of Cuba 14.07 (+3.3, legal 14.02 +2.0) and bronze for Chinese Li Xiahong 14.03 (+2.6, legal 13.75) with title defender Spain´s Ana Peleteiro 6th 13.71w. Another title for France in boys pole vault by Axel Chapelle 555 PB. Then three with 550 followed all personal best, silver Daniil Kotov of Russia, bronze Oleg Zernikel from Germany and unlucky fourth US Devin King. Croatian Martin Markovic won the discus 66.94 national junior record ahead of German Henning Prufer 64.18 PB and Norway´s Sven Martin Skagestad 63.21. In the 100 m hurdles semifinals Kendall Williams clocked windy 12.98 (+3.3) and USA dominated 4x400 m heats in fast 3:03.97 and 3:32.73.

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