Wednesday, July 9, 2008

12th IAAF World Junior Championships: USA Day Two Highlights

Men 800m – Elijah Greer, the only American in the semis, got an introduction to big time running in this race, running against the World Junior leader Khaki, from Sudan (1:42.). He just couldn't keep up with the pace, and finished 6th in 1:50., well "out of the money".

Women 400m semis – Both Americans advanced. Jessica Beard easily in winning her heat and Lanie Whitaker on time. The top 2 of each of the 3 semis automatically qualified and then those 2 with the next fastest times. Lanie Whitaker was fourth in semi 1 and had to wait until all three heats were completed to find out if she qualified. She did.

Women shot put qualifying – Chinwe Oworo managed 10th overall (50-6.75) to qualify for the final. Becky O'Brien (48-5.5) did not advance.

Men 10000m final – Kenyans (of course) dominated, with both having 48 second PR's, running close to 27:30. Don Cabral got a PR finishing 17th in 30:47.55. Daniel Dunbar was 19th in 30:51.67.

Men Long Jump final – Marquise Goodwin got the first US gold, getting the US High School lead of 25-4.75 on his first jump. Christian Taylor has had better days, managing only 7th.

Women 100m – the smooth Janeba Tarmoh won a close race. Shayla Mahan was 6th.

Men 100m – Dexter Lee of Jamaica wins this meet after winning the World Youth Championships last year. Terrell Wilks was third

Men 400h - Jeshua Anderson had an easy time qualifying, winning his heat in 51.12. Johnny Dutch ran equally relaxed and won his heat easily. Both athletes are the only ones entered in the meet who have bettered 50 seconds.

Women 400h - Kori Carter did not advance, but Tekecia Jameson did.

Pole Vault - Both Rachel Laurent and Leslie Brost advanced to the final, with Laurent clearing 13-1.5 and Brost clearing about 12-9.

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