Day 5 Morning Review: 2016 IAAF U20 World Champs

by Jim Spier
2016 IAAF U20 Championships – Day 5 morning session summary
MEN’S DISCUS qualifying

Bronson Osborn (Esperanza, Anaheim, CA) finished 19th (184-05) and Connor Bandel 24rd (179-00), both well off their bests.  The leader was Mohammed Moazz (Qatar) at 206-00.


Bria Matthews (Georgia Tech) made the six person “cut” on her final jump, leaping 43-04.25.  (She had the same distance as the Romanian Alesandra Mihai, but had a better second jump).  In round 4, Matthews improved to 44-03.25, the same distance as Romanian Georgiana Anitei but, because of her better second jump, Matthews moved into the Bronze medal position.  Antitei, now in 4th, jumped 43-11.75 but, because that was a better second jump, moved into third ahead of Matthews.  The winner was Ting Chen of China at 45-05.25.


Bella Burda (Villanova) stayed with the leaders for two laps and then faded.  Anna Rohrer (Notre Dame) was with the 12-women pack through 3000 meters then half of them were gone, meaning they put in a big surge and separated themselves from the rest of the pack.  Rohrer would finish 11th in 15:49.52 and Burda 16th in 16:43.87.  Kalkidan Fentie (Ethiopia) was the winner in 15:29.64, a nearly one-minute personal best!

WOMEN’S 4x400m qualifying

The U.S. had no issue in winning their heat, albeit trailing briefly after the first leg.  It was Hannah Waller (Buchanan, Clovis, CA – 54.7), Karrington Winters (Ohio State – 52.5), Syaira Richardson (Nansemond River, Suffolk, VA – 54.7) and Samantha Watson (Rush-Henrietta, Henrietta, NY – 52.69) taking the win in 3:34.64, the world U20 lead for the moment.  Jamaica won the next heat 3:33.18, now the world U20 lead.  They will be a major challenge for the U.S. in the final.

MEN’S 4x400m qualifying

Botswana led all qualifiers with a 3:03.75.   On that team were Thebe and Sibanda, with bests of 44.22 and 45.10, respectively.  The U.S. won their heat in 3:07.87, with Champion Allison (George Ranch, Richmond, TX – 47.5), Ari Cogdell (Tennessee – 46.5), Kahmari Montgomery (Missouri – 46.5) and Will London (Baylor – 46.6).

Here are the comparisons, by relay leg:

Botswana   USA

1 47.5   47.5
2 44.4   46.5
3 45.2   46.5
4 46.6   47.3

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