NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Tshenolo Lemao delivered a historic performance
at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi to become the first
South African athlete to win a world 100m title in any age
In fact, South
Africa had never before won a 100m medal of any color at the
World U18 Championships, but tonight they secured the top two
compatriot Retshidisitswe Mlenga and Jamaica’s Tyreke Wilson had
entered the boys’ final as the favourites, Lemao held his
composure after the race was disrupted by two faulty starts in
cold and wet conditions, charging across the line in 10.57.
Mlenga, who had
earlier won his semifinal in a PB of 10.37 in dry conditions,
covered the short dash in 10.61 and Wilson held on for bronze in
“It was a great race
to run. I was really excited going into it and I just wanted to
go all out,” Lemao said.
“I knew the
conditions would be tough, but I told myself I needed to stay
strong and focused, and just go.”
Though Wilson will
not compete in the longer event, both South Africans will turn
out again in the 200m heats on Friday morning.
The boys’ hammer
qualifying round was cancelled due to the inclement weather
conditions, with the entire field of 18 athletes automatically
entering the medal decider on Friday.