by Joy Kamani
Boys 100m Final
Prezel Hardy, with the second slowest start, made up for that with a burst in the middle of the race and the acceleration at the end. We were waiting for Aaron Brown to change gears but it never happened. The big news was the third place finish by the now Italian hero, Giovanni Galbieri. The runners were hindered by rain and a negative wind (-1.2).
1. Prezel Hardy USA 10.57
2. Aaron Brown Canada 10.74
3. Giovanni Galbieri Italy 10.79
It was the first ever gold for an American in the World Youth Championships.
Watch and listen to our post-race interview with Prezel on our Video Interview page
USA Finalists in World Youth History - Boys 100 — updated
2 Bryan Sears 10.42
2 Willie Hordge 10.41
3 Jonathan Wade 10.53
8 Devin Mays 10.74
3 Kenneth Gilstrap 10.65
1 Prezel Hardy 10.57
Boys Long Jump Final
S.N.A. Supanara surprisingly led after the prelims, jumping a best of 25-1.25, and backing it up with another jump of 25-0.5. Carlton Lavong (Methacton, Fairview Village, PA) could only manage 23-0.5, finishing 13th overall. Leon Samuels was 7th in the prelims with a best of 24-1.5 and advance to the finals. Samuels improved to 6th in the final. Though the U.S. did not medal, it was the first time that two Americans made the final. The wind and rain hindered the finalists, and the top 3 did not change.
1. S.N.A. Supanara Thailand 25-1.25
2. Stefan Brits South Africa 24-10
3. Yannick Roggatz Germany 24-8.5
USA Finalists in World Youth History - Boys Long Jump — updated
12 Brandon Royster 6.71
7 Brian Calhoun 7.38
9 David Klech 7.16
3 Christian Taylor 7.29
6 Leon Samuels 7.35
13 Carlton Lavong 7.02
Boys 400m Hurdles Semi-Finals
No US semifinalists.
Norge Sotomayor Cuba 52.15
Jose de Leon Italy 52.24
Amadou Ndiaye Senegal 52.32
Seiya Kato Japan 52.63
Lorenzo Veroli Italy 52.50
Jeremiah Mutai Kenya 52.65
Dmitriy Koblov Kazakhstan 52.76
Ziemowit Dutkiewicz Poland 52.79
USA Finalists in World Youth Championships History
2 Jonathan Walker 51.32
1 Jason Richardson 49.91
3 Jamaal Charles 51.48
3 David Klech 50.90
6 Timothy Grier 53.30
1 William Wynne 49.01
2 Reginald Wyatt 50.33
This is the first time since 2001 that 1) the US had not medalled; 2) has not at least made the semi-finals
Girls 400m Semifinals
(top 2 in each heat and those with the next 2 fastest times advance to the final)
The rains began. Torrential rains; and spectacular thunder.
Heat 1 - Has three American high schoolers adjacent to each other — Emmy Fraenk (Netherlands Antilles — Bethel, Hampton, VA), Ebony Eutsey (Southridge, Miami, FL) and Afia Charles (Antigua — Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenbelt, MD). All competed at the Nike Outdoor Nationals about a month ago. Eutsey led from the gun and won decisively. Afia Charles, 5th with 100 meters to go, overtook all but Eutsey and finished second, somewhat of a surprise.
Heat 2 - It was a three way battle between Michelle Brown (Seneca, Tabernacle, NJ), Sandra Wagner of Sweden and Justine Palframan of South Africa. Brown was leading at the 300m mark at which point Wagner took the lead. Brown had to hold off Palframan for second. The times were especially slow because of the sheets of rain falling during the race.
Heat 3 - Another soggy race prefaced by a monster thunder clap. The winner was Chizoba Okodogbe of Nigeria (who is also a student at Deer Valley HS in CA). She and second placer Adelina Pastor both ran 55.18.
The qualifiers for the final (amazingly, 5 of the 8 finalists attend US high schools):
Ebony Eutsey USA 53.99 Southridge, Miami, FL
Afia Charles Antigua 55.51 Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenbelt, MD
Sandra Wagner Sweden 54.60
Michelle Brown USA 54.77 Seneca, Tabernacle, NJ
Chizoba Okodogbe Nigeria 55.18 Deer Valley, Antioch, CA
Adelina Pastor Romania 55.18
Justine Palframan South Africa 54.90
Emmy Fraenk Netherlands Antilles 55.68 Bethel, Hampton, VA
Boys High Jump Qualifying
Both David Smith (Lovejoy, GA) and Dwayne Golbek (Claremore, OK) made the automatic qualifying mark of 6-10.75. It is historic in that it's the first time the U.S. has had both entrants qualify for a final. In fact only one other athlete, Dante Noll, had made a final (=9th in 2005).
Girls 100m Final
The favorite, Jodie Williams, took command early to win in 11.39, the World Youth leader. Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth, Oakland, CA), closed fast at the end and almost caught second placer Allison Peter (US Virgin Islands). It was Peter 11.47 and Purvis 11.48, equaling her seasonal best and improving on her seventh place finish in Ostrava two years ago. (Peter finished third at the Nike Outdoor Nationals). Jordan Clark was fifth in 11.76.
Allison Peter nips Ashton Purvis for silver
USA at the World Youth Championship — 100m — updated
4 La Shauntea Moore 11.66
1 Allyson Felix 11.57
dnf Tissilli Rogers
1 Jessica Onyepunuka 11.31 `
2 Krysten Lacy 11.50
1 Bianca Knight 11.38
2 Ebony Collins 11.40
7 Ashton Purvis 12.04
DQ Erica Alexander
3 Ashton Purvis 11.48
5 Jordan Clark 11.76
Boys 400m Semfinals
(Top 2 in each heat and those with the next 2 fastest times advance to the final)
Heat 1 - Javere Bell (Jamaica) held off Varg Konigsmark (Germany) to win 48.03 to 48.04
Heat 2 - Shogo Momiki (Japan) went out like it was the 200m final, leading through that point. Kirani James (Grenada) and Josh Mance (Chino Hills, CA) overtook him at that point, with Momiki trying keep up. James shut it down in the middle of the homestretch, checking Mance continually (some might have considered it taunting). It was James at 46.43 and Mance at 46.65. (I can certainly see James running the 45.45 that he did early this season; he is a really big kid).
James on the left, Mance to the far right advance to 400 finals
Heat 3 — Another case of a muffled gun, this time the recall gun. Not hearing it, two of the runners continued running hard for at least 100 meters. Awadelkarim Elyas of Sudan won in 47.49 with Frazer Wickes of New Zealand a surprise in second. Jacques de Swardt of South Africa, with a prior best of 46.69, finished third in 48.29 and will not make the final.
Awadelkarim Elyas of Sundan
Javere Bell Jamaica 48.03
Varg Konigsmark Germany 48.04
Kirani James Grenada 46.43
Josh Mance USA 46.65
Awadelkarim Elyas Sudan 47.49
Frazer Wickes New Zealand 48.05
Nathan Wake Great Britain 46.86
Shogo Momiki Japan 47.51
USA World Youth History — 400m
5 — Ivory McCann — 47.55
6 — Travon Walton — 47.92
2 — Cedric Goodman — 46.42
3 — Bryshon Nellum — 46.81
4 — Zach Chandy — 47.29
7 — Danzell Fortson — 48.13
Girls 100m Hurdles Final
Talk about rising to the occasion! The favorite Isabelle Pedersen won as expected, coming close to her world leading 13.20 with 13.23. Bridgette Owens (Southfield, MI) continued her amazing run, adjacent to Pedersen, finishing third in 13.39, another huge personal best. Kori Carter (Claremont, CA) had a less than stellar start but ran a controlled race to finish second in 13.26, almost catching Pedersen.
Isabelle Pedersen Wins 100 meter hurdles
USA World Youth History - updated
8 — Virginia Powell — 14.01
2 — Ashley Lodree — 13.75
3 — Domienique Manning — 13.60
6 — Pav'Elle James — 13.78
1 — April Williams — 13.23
3 — Theresa Lewis — 13.29
1 — Julian Purvis — 13.41
4 — Jasmin Stowers — 13.70
2 — Kori Carter — 13.26
3 — Bridgette Owens — 13.39
The US had now medaled in every World Youth Championship except for the first one. Virginia Powell finished 8th in that event. (Arguably, she may have been the best of the bunch so far).
Girls 100m Semi Finals (Top 4 in each heat advance to the final)
Semi 1 - Jordan Clark had the best start but was caught halfway by eventual winner Jodie Williams of Great Britain. Williams took over the world youth lead. The four qualifiers are:
Jodie Williams Great Britain 11.40
Allison Peter US Virgin Islands 11.49
Jordan Clark USA 11.63
Anasztazia Nguyen Hungary 11.83
Jodi Clark finishes ahead of Jordan Clark
Semi 2 — Ashton Purvis had the best start (as did teammate Clark in the previous semi) and never relinquished the lead. The final four qualifiers are:
Ashton Purvis USA 11.53
Shaunna Thompson Great Britain 11.66
Fany Chalas Dominica 11.79
Deandre Whitehorne Jamaica 11.85
Shaunna Thompson & Ashton Purvis
USA World Youth Finals History
4 — LaShauntea Moore — 11.66
1 — Allyson Felix — 11.57
dnf — Tissilli Rogers
1 — Jessica Onyepunuka — 11.31
2 — Krysten Lacy — 11.50
1 — Bianca Knight — 11.38
2 — Ebony Collins — 11.40
7 — Ashton Purvis — 12.04
DQ — Erica Alexander
Boys 100m Semi Finals (Top 4 in each heat advance to the final)
Semi 1 — Prezel Hardy did not especially get a good start but took the lead early in the race, then held it, looking like the Prezel Hardy "of old". He looked great, running 10.38, close to his PR of 10.34. The four qualifiers are:
Prezel Hardy USA 10.38
Ryota Yamagata Japan 10.61
Xiang Huang China 10.62
Moriba Morain Trinidad 10.71
Semi 2 — Aaron Brown, looking so good in these races, continued his domination here. Though he got a bad start, he took over at 50 meters, then coasted in for the meet. It will be quite a battle later between he and Prezel Hardy. The four qualifiers:
Aaron Brown Canada 10.49
Jimmy Vicaut France 10.56
Giovanni Galbieri Italy 10.59
Juquan Tan China 10.61
Aaron Brown of Canada
USA World Youth Finals History
2 — Bryan Sears — 10.2
2 — Willie Hordge — 10.41
3 — Jonathan Wade — 10.53
8 — Devin Mays — 10.74
3 — Kenneth Gilstrap — 10.65
Girls 100m Hurdles Semi finals
(3 semis: top 2 and those with the next 2 fastest times advance to the finals)
Heat 1 — A very close heat with 4 personal bests. The winner was Ekaterina Bleskina of Russia (13.49) followed closely by Nooralotta Neziri of Finland (13.53)
Heat 2 — Isabelle Pedersen (Norway) showed her "stuff" with a dominant victory, running 13.20. It was tight for 2nd, with the battle between Bridgette Owens (Southfield, MI) and Lotta Harala of Finland with both running 13.46.
Bridgette Owens runs yet another personal best
Heat 3 — Kori Carter (Claremont, CA) got a horrible start but came on strong at the end, just missing first. Yarong Zheng of China won in 13.60, .01 ahead of Carter.
So both Carter and Owens make the final.
Boys 800m Semi finals
(3 semis: top 2 and those with the next 2 fastest times advance to the finals)
Heat 1 — It was Peter Kiplangat taking it out, leading through 550 meters, when he was "jumped" by Benjamin Herriau of France. Herriau held off the Kenyan until the 780 meter mark, with Kiplangat winning in 1:49.45 and the Frenchman back by .06
Heat 2 — Bronson Duran (Sandia Prep, Albuquerque, NM) took over at the halfway point, holding the lead until the 550 meter mark, where he allowed eventual winner Nicholas Kipkoech to pass him on the inside. Kipkoech won in 1:50.85, with Duran fading to 6th in 1:53.49.
Heat 3 — A battle among five who separated themselves just about at the end. The winner was Fikadu Dejene of Ethiopia at 1:49.74. One of the two time qualifiers came out of this heat.
Friends and Family
We are happy to see many parents here. We know it is not an inexpensive undertaking, especially with the naming of the team less than a week before the competition. So far, we have seen Bruce Carter (Kori's father), Daryl Lavong (Carlton's dad), Shanay Briscoe's mother and Mc Kinzie Schulz's mother along with her friend.
Shanay Briscoe's mom and brother
Ice or lack thereof — We are somewhat used to room temperature beverages in Europe. We were dinner on Tuesday night with Mike Kennedy and Mike ordered bottled water. The waiter brought it over, and Mike asked for some ice. The waiter responded, "You don't need ice; it's already cold". Mike did not pursue it.
Public Address Announcing — As usual, the meet is announced in two languages. In this case, it's Italian and English. Friend Scott Davis, from Cerritos, CA, is the English language announcer. Scott has done this a number of times at world championships. It is a pleasure to listen to his commentary. It is not strictly objective with Scott. He adds a lot of subjectivity and creativeness. Accompanying Scott is his lovely wife Cheryl. We look forward to having dinner with Scott and Cheryl sometime this week.
Remote Control Car — As they have had in the past, a little two-foot long remote control car is used to retrieve the discus, hammer and javelin. We'll have to get one of those for the Nike Outdoor Nationals.
Flat Long Jump Pits — From a distance it appears that the long jump pits are covered. Not so. The sand is perfectly level and perfectly flush with the sides of the pit. No indentations, no sand overflow (or underflow). It is quite remarkable.
Girls' 2000m Steeplechase starter pistol problems — The girls were lined up, the gun was fired (it's actually an electronic gun) and nothing happened. The girls did not move. It seems that the gun shot sound was very muffled. So they tried again. It was still muffled and the girls did not move. The officials shouted, "Go!" Nothing. So they did it a third time. Nothing again. The officials were getting frustrated. A speaker was brought over and placed next to the starter. I did not sense a difference the fourth time the gun went off. Perhaps it was a bit louder. All of the girls, save two, took off. The two remaining were prodded to catching up with the field, but they were 10 meters down by the time they started.
US History at World Youth Championships in Girls' 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 2000m Steeplechase
2007 Ostrava - 6. Chanelle Price 2:06.55
2003 Sherbrooke — 10. Chantal Dron 4:26.24
2007 Ostrava - 2. Jordan Hasay 4:17.24
3000m - noone
2000m Steeplechase - noone
For this year, it is like that we will have at least one qualifier in the 800m. And there are already two in the 1500m and two in the 2000m Steeplechase. So far it's a very good start for the girls.
World Youth Championships — Day 2 morning
Boys 110m Hurdles Round 1
(First 3 in each heat and those with the next 6 fastest times advance to Round 2)
Heat 1 — A PR for the Brit Jack Meredith, winning in 13.50.
Heat 2 — Another good looking Brit, Andrew Pozzi, took this heat, winning in 13.61.
Heat 3 — We're not sure Dale Morgan (Taft, Woodland Hills, CA) expected the kind of competition he got in this heat. Gregory MacNeill of Canada, coming in at 13.43, ran very well to win in 13.49, with Morgan second in 13.56. Also in the mix was Julian Santiago of Spain, third at 13.59.
Heat 4 — A big improvement for Dongqiang Wang of China, winning in 13.51, an almost half-second PR. Dario Vanderveken of Belgium was a close second in 13.58.
Heat 5 — Kendall Hayes (Lancaster, TX) led through 7 hurdles until overtaken by Mitchell Tysoe of Australia. Hayes stumbled after the 9th hurdle and held on for second, 13.91 to Tysoe's 13.65.
Heat 6 — Bookends (lanes 1 and 8) vied for the win with Filip Loov of Sweden (lane 1) the winner in 13.72. Haris Koutras of Cyprus was second in 13.78.
Boys Hammer Throw Qualifying
Brad Bolton (El Toro, Lake Forest, CA), in Flight A, got no mark. Alec Faldermeyer (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) got an auto qualifier in the first round of Flight B, throwing 227-4. The overall leader is Hongqiu Chen of China at 234-0.
Faldermeyer warms up
Girls Pole Vault Qualifying
Morgann Leleux (Catholic, New Iberia, LA) was one of 12 girls who advanced to the final, all of whom cleared 12-7.5. Kortney Ross (Westview, San Diego, CA) could manage only 12-3.5 and did not advance.
3000m Boys Round 1
(First 3 in each heat and those with the next 6 fastest times advance to the finals)
(This is a fairly large field of runners, which is a good thing. There are 39 of them, necessitating 3 heats. Contrast that to the girls race, held last night, which required just a final).
Heat 1 — Ferku Feyisa of Ethiopia toyed with the field until a little less than a lap to go. Then he took off. Coming in with a best of 8:01.42, he won his heat by almost 7 seconds, winning in 8:13.43.
Heat 2 — Isiah Koech, coming in with a best of 7:55.5 (that's about 8:30 for 2 miles), controlled the pace early. Zach Wills (Mason, OH), settled in with pack at that point. Wills ran well for the first 3 laps, responding to the surges and the bumping, covering all of the moves. At the 1600m (4:28.02) they started to lose Wills, now in 5th and back about 15 meters. The leaders passed 2k at 5:28, with Wills at 5:33 still in fifth. Wills passed Hicham Sigueni of Morocco just beyond 2400m, moving into 4th. Wills was passed by Sigueni with 300m to go and is trying to hold on for a time qualifier. He finished 5th overall and has a very good shot to qualify by time. His time, 8:25.93, puts him in good stead.
Heat 3 - Surprise! Surprise! David Bett of Kenya takes it out early. He is one of two sub-8:00 runners in the field (7:56.2) , both of whom are Kenyans. Through about 3 laps, Erik Olson (Novato, CA) settled into fourth, about 30m behind the leaders. Olson moved into third at about the 5:30 mark. With 2 laps to go, Olso separated himself from 4th, and started to move in on second placer Kazuto Nishiike of Japan, about 20m ahead of him (Bett now out ahead by 50m). Olson actually had a lot left at the end and was the third auto qualifier from this heat, running 8:29.11. That means Wills qualified as well, the first time ever two Americans have made the 3000m final. (Pending further research, we believe that Galen Rupp was the only other American athlete ever to have made a 3000m Final at the World Youth Champs).
Isiah Kiplangat Koech
David Kiprotich Bett
Girls 800m Round 1
(First 2 in each heat and those with the next 10 fastest times advance to Round 2)
Heat 1 — Marielle Hall (Haddonfield) head second through 750 meters, only to be passed by Viktoria Gyurkes of Hungary. Hall finished third in 2:09.16 and hopes to get a time qualifier. The race was won by Alawia Andal of Sudan (2:08.41)
Heat 2 — This was a bit faster, won by Olha Yakhova of Ukraine in 2:06.66
Heat 3 — The fastest race so far, with Tizita Bogale of Ethiopia passing 400m at 60.32 and 600m at 1:32.28. Rose Mary Almanza, the favorite in this race, won in 2:05.93, with Bogale second in 2:06.2, a 2 second plus PB.
Heat 4 — Claudia Francis (Cardozo, Queens, NY) was the favorite in this race. Francis led for most of the race, save for being passed shortly on the backstretch and final turn, and won in 2:09.76.
Heat 5 — The favorite was Anastasiya Tkachuk of Ukraine, coming into the meet with a best of 2:05.02. Cherono Koech (Kenya) had a best of 2:07.9. Koech edged Tkachuk 2:06.21 to 2:07.17.
Heat 6 — A very impressive run for Ciara Mageean of Ireland who did not fall for the fast first lap by Margaret Kipkemboi of Kenya (60.58). Mageean passed 400m at 65.89 and won, walking across the finish line, in 2:06.47. (Marielle Hall remains the third time qualifier at this point, so she is guaranteed advancement to the next round).
Heat 7 — I thought this race would be faster, but it was won by Charine Mathias of Luxemburg ig 2:10.44, edging the race favorite Dayrina Sotolongo of Cuba who ran 2:10.85.
So both Americans advance to the next round.