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Winners of the boys’ javelin throw event 2017 | Coastweek

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Gold medalist China’s Liu Zhekai ©, silver medalist Johannes Schlebusch of South Africa (L) and bronze medalist China’s Song Qingshu pose during the awarding ceremony of the boys’ javelin throw event at the 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, July 14, 2017. 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. XINHUA PHOTO: DANIEL OOKO

China wins gold, bronze in boys javelin
at World U18 C’ ships in Kenya

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.

Another Chinese 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 meters.

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 bronze.

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 to 13.08.

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 range.

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 8:05.87.

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 Ethiopia.

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. 

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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 Sunday.

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 medal.

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.

International 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 their career.”

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 concerns.

However, the five-day extravaganza ended without an incident after Kenya deployed the most elaborate security cordon ever seen in recent times to secure the games. 

             

 

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