NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
China won their first gold medal on the second
day of the World U18 Championship in Nairobi through Liu Zhekai,
who set a personal best throw of 77.54 meters.
It was the third
medal for China after having won two medals, a silver and a
bronze on the first day on Monday.
athlete Song Qingshu also won bronze in the boys’ javelin to
take the Asian giants medal tally to four. South Africa’s
Johannes Schlebusch won silver in a personal best throw of 75.68
Germany leads the
medal table with two gold and one bronze medals with South
Africa second with four medals - One gold, two silver and one
However, the day’s
highlight came in the final track event of the day, the boys’
110m hurdles heats.
Running in the first
heat, De’Jour Russell of Jamaica took his personal best from
13.31 (already a world-U18-leading time this year) all the way
The time made him
the second fastest U18 athlete of all time, behind his
compatriot Jaheel Hyde’s world U18 best of 12.96.
None of the other
hurdlers came close to Russell’s performance, but there were
other notable runs, including the remaining heat winners:
Enrique Llopis of Spain with 13.47 (a personal best by 0.25), Lu
Hao-hua of Chinese Taipei with 13.57 and Saoud Al-Humaidi of
Qatar with 13.72.
The early exit of
Zayed Al Shamsi of the United Arab Emirates was also notable.
The third fastest U18 athlete this year with 13.43 finished only
sixth in his heat in 14.70 and was eliminated.
There was also some
extravagant running in the heats of the boys’ 3000m. Not content
with merely qualifying for the final, the African favourites
achieved some extraordinary times, especially considering
Nairobi’s high altitude.
Selemon Barega of
Ethiopia took the first heat in 7:55.73 after running the final
kilometer in just outside 2:34.
The performance took
him to third on this year’s U18 world list. Stanley Mburu
Waithaka of Kenya was the runner-up in 7:59.54, with Oscar
Chelimo of Uganda and Merom Goitom of Eritrea both in the 8:08
The pace of the
second heat was only slightly more sensible. Edward Zakayo of
Kenya took it in 8:04.85, evidently intent on proving a point to
his Ethiopian rival Milkesa Mengesha, who finished second in
The final kilometer
took just 2:31 for the winner, much faster than was necessary,
considering the first non-automatic qualifier in that race
finished some 45 seconds behind.
There were no such
displays in round one of the girls’ 800m, although the races
featured some impressive running. The fastest of the qualifiers
for the semifinals was the Kenyan Jackline Wambui, winner of
heat three in 2:08.24, 1.5 seconds ahead of Hirut Meshesha of
The event favourite,
Kenya’s Lydia Jeruto, took heat one in a relatively pedestrian
2:10.37, but looked strong, running the final 200 meters in
about 31 seconds.
The second fastest
among the entrants, Ethiopian Netsanet Desta strolled to what
looked like an easy victory in heat two, but was subsequently
disqualified for a lane violation, leaving Vimbayi Maisvoreva of
Zimbabwe the winner in 2:11.09.
The final heat
winner, in what was the closest of the four races, was Pole
Milena Korbut with 2:11.67.
China finishes in second
position at IAAF youth athletics event
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
China on Sunday bagged three more medals to
finish in second position behind South Africa at the World
Under-18 Athletics Championships that ended in Nairobi on
By the end of day
four, China lay in third position out of over 160 nations that
featured in the event with four gold medals, two silver medals
and one bronze medal behind first-placed South Africa which had
four gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.
Cuba was in second
position with four gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze
However, with Gong
Luying’s gold medal after a leap of 6.37 meters in the girls’
long jump; Cai Qing’s silver-medal winning throw of 57.01 meters
in the girls’ javelin and Dai Qianqian’s hurl of 54.96 meters in
the same event, China was able to alter the medals bracket to
finish with five gold medals.
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) officials said the
competition was the best-attended in the 20 years of the
championship’s existence after over 60,000 spectators attended
the last day of the track and field extravaganza.
“In my many years
with this event, I have never seen such an outpouring of support
from the host nation. We thank Nairobi for organizing this
event. It is sad for the championship to end in such a fashion,”
IAAF’s Media Operations Manager told Xinhua.
Hosts Kenya finished
in fourth position with four gold medals, seven silver medals
and four bronze medals.
The IAAF Council in
2016 decided to discontinue the youth aid and will instead work
with area associations to find a more appropriate competition
structure for assisting the career development of U18 athletes.
Speaking after the
decision after the IAAF Council meeting in Rio de Janeiro on
August 20, 2016, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said: “We decided
it’s not the best pathway for those athletes at that stage of
The event also saw
the staging, for the first time, the mixed relay that replaced
the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.
The event was highly
successful despite the USA, Britain, New Zealand, Australia,
Canada and Switzerland having pulled out, citing security
five-day extravaganza ended without an incident after Kenya
deployed the most elaborate security cordon ever seen in recent
times to secure the games.