World Youth Wonders: Brightest Stars So Far
400m Final Is Taylor-Made
Jamaican Christopher Taylor is 15 years old. Fifteen. Anyway, he just went ahead and ran 45.30 seconds in his 400m semi-final to mark his name as the fastest qualifier for today’s final. Fifteen! He also has a 200m PB of 20.78. Sickening really, isn’t it? Check out his one-lap domination below.
Candace Still On Top Of The Hill
The world (of track & field) lost their minds after 16 year old Candace Hill broke the 11 second barrier at the US champs a few weeks back. She had the expectations of every track geek in the world on her shoulders and delivered in some style, her winning time of 11.08 seconds in dead air arguably more impressive than her 10.98 seconds with the perfect 2.0 m/s following wind. Watch her take her 1st world title below.
Massio Jump from Mykel
Mykel Demetrio Massio of Cuba became the first youth in 16 years to breach the 8 metre long jump barrier, jumping 8.05m to take the title. Australian Darcy Roper couldn’t be faulted as his closest challenger, pulling an 8.01m jump out of the bag in the final round, leaving both lads over 25cm clear of the rest of the field.
Honorable mention must go to Sophia Rivera of the USA who decided one final was not enough, instead contesting both the Javelin and Shot put finals. What so special about that? Well the events started within 5 minutes of each other, meaning she had to throw one implement, then head straight to the other. Thankfully she had some willing officials at hand to have her footwear at hand at each event to allow for timely transitions. Oh yeah, she picked up silver in the Shot put and 8th place in the Javelin. Not a bad evening’s work.
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