Nnenya Hailey Captures Gold for Team USA

by Joy Kamani
Story by Jim Spier

Photos by Joy Kamani

Team USA picked up three more medals today: Gold to Nnenya Hailey in the 400m hurdles and bronze each to Shelbi Vaughn in the discus and Justin Fondren in the high jump

Girls Heptathlon Javelin

Not one of Kendell Williams' best events, she could manage only 65-6.75. In comparison, there were 5 athletes between 118-5 and 153-7. As a result, she moved down to 11th place with 4370 points. Kendell had thrown 73-6 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals and 82-7 at the World Youth Trials

Girls Discus Final

Shelbi Vaughn (Legacy, Mansfield, TX) led after the first 3 rounds, then moved into the bronze medal position after throws by eventual champion and world leader Rosalia Vazquez of Cuba and Yan Liang of Cuba. She did hold on for the bronze medal. The results:

Rosalia Vazquez Cuba 53.51 175-6

Yan Liang China 52.89 173-6

Shelbi Vaughn USA 52.58 172-6

Bin Feng China 51.25 168-1

Filoi Aokuso Australia 50.38 165-3

Keshia Mc Grath-Volau Australia 49.66 162-11

Katinka Urbaniak Germany 48.77 160-0

Floredia Kaloyeraki Greece 48.38 158-9

Girls Pole Vault Final

A galliant effort by Sydney White (East Forsyth, Kernersville, NC) who got a PR of 13-1.25 in finishing 8th, proving she belongs on the world stage. The results

Desiree Singh Germany 13-11.25

Liz Parnov Australia 13-9.25

Lucy Bryan Great Britain 13-5.25

Yeoryia Stefanidi Greece 13-5.25

Alissa Soderberg Sweden 13-5.25

Roberta Bruni Italy 13-1.5

Kristina Bondarenko Russia 13-1.5

Sydney White USA 13-1.5

Girls 200m Semifinal

Bealoved Brown (Ozen, Beaumont, TX), though fourth in the third and final semi, her time (23.80) will hold up as one of 2 time qualifiers, so she advances to tomorrow's final.

Boys High Jump Final

Justin Fondren (Oxford, MS) jumped as high as the gold and silver medalists, but had to settle for third based on misses. The results:

Gael Levecque France 6-11.75

Usman Usmanov Russia 6-11.75

Justin Fondren USA 6-11.75

Seunghyun Yun Korea 6-10.25

Akira Koike Japan 6-10.25

David Snowdon Australia 6-10.25

Gael Rotardier France 6-8.75

Kirill Izyumov Russia 6-8.75

Boys 200m Semifinal

Ronald Darby (Potomac, Oxon Hill, MD) let for 160 meters at which time O'Dail Todd (Jamaica) overtook him, with Todd easing to the win in 21.02. Darby ran 21.08 to automatically qualify for tomorrow's final. Aldrich Bailey (Timberview, Arlington, TX), third coming off the turn, eased into the lead at 160m and won "going away" in 21.29.

Girls Heptathlon 800m

Kendell Williams ran a good final event, getting a PB in finishing third in her heat, running 2:26.99. She finished 11th overall, scoring 5101 points. Here are the results.

Yusleidys Mendieta Cuba 5697

Yogelis Rodriguez Cuba 5671

Marjolei Lindemans Belgium 5532

Nafissatou Thiam Belgium 5366

Else Malmberg Sweden 5335

Frida Thorsas Norway 5305

Annika Gartz Germany 5304

Sofia Linde Sweden 5298

Girls 400m Hurdle Final

Nnenya Hailey (Mt. Vernon Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA) built a monster lead through 9 hurdles, smashed the final hurdle, maintained her balance and made her way to the finish to a world leading 57.93. It's been quite a season for the junior. She broke 60 seconds one time last year, running 59.51 at the Regional Junior Olympics in Greensboro, NC just about a year ago. Running from the unseeded section at this year's New Balance Outdoor Nationals, she finished third overall in 58.63. in the semis here two days ago, she approved to 58.44 for the World Youth lead. Now the 57.93 to improve on that. Only Leah Nugent (57.72) has run faster for a US high schooler.

Girls 1500m final

After seeing the Kenyans and Ethiopans run in the semis, we figured a great moral victory would be to have the Americans, Cami Chapus (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, CA) and Hannah Meier (South, Grosse Pointe, MI) get close to 4:20. They got more than a moral victory with Chapus running 4:17.12 for 5th and Meier at 4:20.65 for 9th. With 300 to go, Meier moved into 5th and Chapus 6th with both moving well. Chapus continued to accelerate with Meier fading a bit, with Chapus picking off runners down the homestretch. Her time is #6 all-time. A final note: Chapus was not on the original team and was placed on the team at the last minute.

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