IAAF World Junior Championships
Aug 15-20, 2006 at Beijing, China
DyeStat on-site coverage
with Doug Speck, Jim Spier, Mike Kennedy and Mike Byrnes

Day 2 - Wednesday Aug 16

Gabby Mayo (100), Antone Belt (LJ) win silver - Rebekah Noble (800), Walter Henning (HT), Tori Anthony (PV), Justin Oliver (400), Jessica Beard (400), Nicole Leach (400H) advance to finals

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Gabby Mayo (left) grabs silver in the 100. Right, Walter Henning leaves the cage after a throw during qualifying. Photos Doug Speck

Day 2 Results -
Mike Kennedy's Report
Jim Spier's Report -
Doug Speck's Day 2 Photos/Sums
- Mike Byrnes' Second Day Musings

  • M-10000 final - Jake Schmitt 31:38.22 is 17th.
  • W-400H semi - Nicole Leach 56.10 was the fastest qualifier for the finals, with the other semifinal winner Kaliese Spencer JAM a tick behind in 56.11. Ebony Collins 1:00.70, sporting a large bandage on her thigh, was last in her heat.
  • M-DT final - Nick Robinson 55.22 (181-2) is 10th.
  • M-LJ final - U. of Louisville freshman Antone Belt wins silver with personal best 7.95 +0.0 (26-1), with Aaron Smith 5th at 7.61 +0.5. Austria's Robert Crowther 8.00 +0.3 won the event.
  • W-400 semi - Jessica Beard 52.97 squeezes into finals in last qualifying slot. She is 4th in fastest section and 7th overall of 8 finalists.
  • M-400 semi -- Justin Oliver 46.22 advances to finals. He was 5th fastest of 8 qualifiers.
  • W-100 final - NC prep star Gabby Mayo 11.42 finished second to Bulgaria's Tezdzhan Naimova 11.28, with USA's Alexandria Anderson 5th in 11.49.
  • W-800 semi - USA's Rebekah Noble 2:05.56 advanced to the finals.. She was 5th fastest of eight qualifiers.
  • M-HT - Walter Henning NY gets auto qualifier 234-07.25 to qualify for Hammer final.
  • W-PV - Tori Anthony CA gets the auto qualifier of 13-01.50 to move to final; Brittany Parker TX falls short with 12-05.50.
  • M400H - World leader Chris Carter of BYU 51.49 wins H2 w/#2 time overall; Joe Greene 52.75 4th in H3, also moves to semis.
  • M-Dec - Shawn Schmidt TX cannot overcome no score in LJ and is 23rd and last of those remaining at the end of the first day. Matthew Clark dropped out after the 3rd event (shot put).
  • M-3kST - Collegians Cory Thorne (9:24.10/14th in H2) and Alex Mason (9:51.61/17th in H1) do not advance from semis.
  • M - JT - Collegians Matt Mahoney (18th Group A, 189-06) and Adam Montague (9th Group B, 217-06.25) do not advance to final.
Matt Clark (left) and Shawn Schmidt (right) run 11.19 and 11.43 in their heats of the Decathlon 100 meters Wednesday. Photos by Doug Speck


Mike Kennedy's report

Day 2 - A.M. SESSION



First Round - First Four in Each Heat Plus Next Four Fastest Qualify For Final

HEAT ONE—Marius Kranendonk of Netherlands, in lane eight, took the early lead with Zipei Yu of China pulling into second on the back straight, but it was Michael Francois of France, in lane one, who provide the most competition for Kranendonk as the two battled down the final straight with Kranendonk prevailing in 51.40. Francois was later disqualified. Yu was second in 51.89 and Arturas Kulnis of Lithuania was third in 52.18. Andreas Bube of Denmark got the final automatic qualifying spot in 52.79.

HEAT TWO—Chris Carter of the U.S. and BYU, the world junior leader, in lane seven was out fastest. But back in lane three Bandar Shraheli of Saudi Arabia was not far behind and when the two entered the final straightaway it was Sharheli with a slight lead. Carter responded well and won the run in, 51.49 to 51.78. Daniel Franken of Netherlands was third in 52.60 and Hans Villagran of Guyana was the four and final automatic qualifier in 52.68.

HEAT THREE—Joe Greene of the U.S., and the University of Albany, and Terry Marshall of Barbados were out fastest and both had problems in the second half of the race. First, Marshall fell at the eighth hurdle while running in second and then Green stumbled at the ninth hurdle. Meanwhile, Vyacheslav Sakaev of Russia stormed through in the middle of the track to win in 51.86. Mohamed Daak of Saudi Arabia finished second in 52.20 and Spiridon-Ioannis Papadoipoulos of Greece was third in 52.27. Greene held on for the fourth and final qualifying spot with his 52.75.  

HEAT FOUR—Stephan Stoll of Germany in lane four and Stanislav Melnykov of Ukraine in lane five both ran very controlled races as the two were the leaders going down the back straight before John Wambua of Kenya ran a strong second turn to take a very slight lead with 100 meters remaining. Stoll and Malnykov the moved strongly to finish in the order, 51.57 to 51.75. Wambua hung on for third in 52.00 and Wiekus Jonck of South Africa was the final automatic qualifier in 52.38.

HEAT FIVE—Juyna Imai of Japan, in lane eight, was out very, very fast while Juan Blom of South Africa, was just purring right along in lane five. By the time the two reached the ninth hurdle Blom had taken control and went on to win, 52.28 to 52.47. Almost unnoticed in lane one, Josef Prorok of Czech Republic rolled down the final straightaway to easily grab third in 52.52. Edoardo Gauschino of Italy was the final automatic qualifier in 53.42.   



First Round - First Four in Each Heat Plus Next Four Fastest Qualify For Final

HEAT ONE—Willy Komen of Kenya, Thamer Ali of Qatar, Abdelghani Ait Bahmad of Morocco, Nahom Tariku of Ethiopia and Benjamin Kiplagat of Uganda broke away for the rest of the field at 1,000 meters passed in 2:50.93 and remained as a group until the final lap when Koman prevailed in 8:33.36. Ali was second at 8:33.66, Ait Bahmad third at 8:34.64 and Tariku in fourth at 8:35.05 to make up the automatic qualifiers. Alexander Mason of the U.S. and Georgetown was 17th in a field of 17 with a time of 9:51.16.

HEAT TWO—Passing 1,000 in 2:49.35 a pack of seven had separated itself from the field. Then with two laps remaining Tareq Taher of Berundi, Bisluke Kiplagat of Kenya and Xiangquan Lin of China pulled away to capture the first three automatic qualifying spots, with world junior leader Taher prevailing in 8:34.43. Kiplagat second at 8:36.34 and Lin third at 8:41.10. With one lap remaining Vincent Chapuis of France pulled away to claim the final automatic qualifying spot in a personal best of 8:45.80.  Cory Thorne of the U.S. was 17th of 17 after two laps but moved up to finish 14th in 9:24.10.

Day 2 - Afternoon Session




Harry Aikines-Aryeetey of Great Britain, who was the World Youth (under 17) Champion in 2005, got out just ahead of the field. First, he had turned back the challenge of Jiahong Liang of China and then he held off teammate Wade Bennett-Jackson to win, 10.37 to 10.39. Jamaican’s Yohan Blake and Remaldo Rose were third and fourth in, 11.42 and 11.43, respectively. There were no American’s in the final.

10,000 METERS


With three laps remaining, and 25:45.11 into the race, there were seven runners in contention for the medals led by Ibrahim Gashu of Ethiopia, Aadam Khamis of Berundi and, Samuel Tesfamriam of Eretria. At 600 meters Tesfamriam took the led closely followed by Ebuya. With one lap remaining the positions reversed positions. Ebuya continued to lead down the final back straight but around the final turn Gashu came up on his shoulder and passed Ebuya with about 50 meters remaining to win in 28:53.29. Ebuya was second in 28:53.46 and Khamas was third in 28:54.30. Gashu final 400 had to have been under 57 second and his final 1,200 was about 3:08.



First Two in Each Heat Plus Next Two Fastest Qualify For Final

HEAT ONE—Yuzo Kanemaru of Japan had the lead at 200 closely followed by Allodin Fothergill of Jamaica. The two battled down the final straight before first Fothergill faded and then Kanemaru had to hold off the final charge of Jonathan Borlee of Belgium, 46.04 to 46.08. Fothergill held on for third in 46.64.

HEAT TWO—Justin Oliver of the U.S. and Texas A&M, running in lane six and Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobacco, running in lane three, were virtually even the entire way with Quow prevailing, 46.18 to 46.22. Grant Baker of Great Britain was third in 46.85.

HEAT THREE—Martyn Rooney of Great Britain, the world junior leader, won this race as he pleased in this case it was in an easy 46.01. Quentin Summers of the U.S. and Baylor got off slowly and found himself in last with 100 meters remaining. He closed for fifth in 47.01. Andrew Dargie of Canada ran a well paced race and finished in second just holding off Edino Steele of Jamaica and Pasadena City College in California, 46.55 to 46.55.



First Two in Each Heat Plus Next Two Fastest Qualify For Final

HEAT ONE—Robin Schembera of Germany took the early lead but was caught by Jackson Kivuna of Kenya, who passed 200 in 24.97. Kivuna continued to lead through the 400 in 53.38 with Jimmy Adar of Uganda close on his shoulder and Andy Gonzalez of Cuba in third. Kivuna continued to led through 600 in 1:21.49 but was press hard by Gonzalez the entire way with Kivuna clocking 1;48.56 and Gonzalez, 1;48.85. Schembera just held off James Brewer of Great Britain for the final automatic qualifying spot, 1:49.41 to 1:49.54.

HEAT TWO—William Rabih of Sudan split two runners to take the lead by 200, passed in 25:32. Rabih continued to lead through 400 in 53.05, closely followed by Abraham Chepkirwok of Uganda. The two were even at 600 in 1:20.70. Over the final 100 Chepkirwok pulled away to win 1:47.72. Making a late charge were Marcin Lewandowski of Poland, who finished second in 1:47.72 and Lachlan Renshaw of Australia, who finished third at 1:48.26.

HEAT THREE—Abdubaker Khamis of Sudan led after 200 in 25.15. Khamis continued to lead at 400, passed in 52.52, but was closely followed by Dmitrijs Jerkevics of Latvia and Nadjim Manseur of Algeria. Khamis was still leading at 600 in 1:19.86 but was passed by David Rudisha of Kenya and Belal Ali of Berundi in the finals 20 meters.


First Day

100 METERS— Matthew Clark of the U.S. and Northern Iowa was sixth in his heat in 11.19 worth 819 points to place 16 th after the first event. Shawn Schmidt of U.S. and St. Mark’s Prep in Dallas, Texas was seventh in his heat in 11.43 just .01 off his personal best and worth 767 points and place 22. After the first round Yordanis Garcia of Cuba was first with a time of 10.80 worth 906 points, Jordan Bandermade of New Zealand was second with a 10.88 worth 892 points and Hengiun Zhu was third with a 10.91 for 881 points..

LONG JUMP— Clark’s only fair jump was 22-8 worth 792 points to place him 14 th after two events with 1,611 points. Schmidt had no fair jump and did not score leaving him with 767 points to place 25 th after two events. Zhu of China had the longest jump in the competition at 23-8¾ to move from third to first in the overall standings with 1,750 points. Vandermade stands second at 1,744 and Dmytro Scherbakov of Ukraine is third at 1,730.

SHOTPUT— Clark threw a personal best of 38-7 ½ for 592 points to give him a total of 2,203 for 20th place. Schmidt threw 42-6 worth 664 to give him a three event total of 1,431 good for 24th place. Garcia, who had lead after the first event but dropped to eighth after the second event rebounded with the longest throw of the competition, 54-2 to garner 883 points and move back into first place with 2,556 points. Arkadiy Vasilyev of Russia moved into second with 2,532 points and Vandermade dropped from second to third with 2,532 points.

HIGH JUMP—Schmidt cleared 6-8 ¼ worth 840 points to give him a total of 2,271 points that moved him up to 23nd place. Clark retired and finished with 2,203 points.

Haibo Liu of China had the competitions best jump at 6-10¾ worth 896 points that moved him from 21st to 11 th place with 3039 points. Garcia, who cleared 6-18 ½ for 840 points remained in the lead with 3,396 points. Vasilyev and Vandermade remained in second and third but both had 3,317 points with Vasileyev holding the advantage based on tie breaking rules.





Tezdzhan Naimova of Bulgaria was at least even at the start and proceeded to pull away from the field to win in an impressive in 11.28 into a 0.8 meter per second wind. Carrie Russell of Jamaica picked up quickly after 20 meters and by the halfway point looked like she would give Naimova a race. Practically unnoticed out in lane eight was Gabby Mayo of the U.S. and Southeast High in Raleigh, North Carolina, who, despite being the second fastest junior in the world, had the slowest semifinal time. Mayo got into contention by the halfway point, continued to drive to the finish and just edged Russell for second with both runners being credited with 11.42. Alexandria Anderson of the U.S. and Texas , the No. 1 ranked junior in the world, was out with the leaders but began to drift back by the halfway point and just lost out to Asha Philip of Great Britain, for fourth, 11.48 to 11.49.



First Two in Each Heat Plus Next Two Fastest Qualify for Final

HEAT ONE—Kseniya Zadorina of Russia was out very fast and dominated the race with a 51.94 effort. Brandy Cross of the U.S. and Marshall High in Missouri City, Texas got off to a slow start but ran a strong back stretch and by 300 meters had gotten up to second. However, at the point Sekinat Adesanya of Nigeria and Racheal Nachula of Zambia made their move and finished in second and third while Cross faded and finished fourth in 53.25.

HEAT TWO—Xiuyun Wen of China took a quick lead buy by the middle of the back straight it was Nawal El Jack of Sudan with the lead. She continued to pace the field but had to hold off Daniejela Grgic of Croatia, 51.84 to 52.00. Wen finished third in 53.31.

HEAT THREE—Sonita Sutherland of Jamaica, the world junior leader, had little trouble, winning in 51.67. Jessica Beard of the U.S. and Euclid High in Ohio, was off slowly and found herself in sixth place with just 100 meters remaining She closed well but was able finish just fourth in 52.97. Folashade Abugan of Nigeria led Zueji Li of China into the final 80 meters and the two finished in that order, 52.49 to 52.65.



First Two in Each Heat Plus Next Two Fastest Qualify for Final

HEAT ONE—After one lap the field was closely bunched at 64.89. Nataliya Lupu of Ukraine burst in from to lead at 600 in 1:35.67 but was quickly joined by Emma Jackson of Great Britain and Winny Chebet of Kenya. The three ran the final 100 with little to separate them. Lupu prevailed in 2:06.37 with Chebet second in 2:06.44 and Jackson third in 2:06.43. Leinhert of the U.S. and the University of Florida faded a little, dropping to sixth at 600 but then got up for fourth in 2:07.67.

HEAT TWO—Ayako Jinnouchi of Japan and Anzhelika Shevchenko of Ukraine led through 400 in 61.71 with Rebekah Noble in third. With a hard third 100 Jinnouchi continued but Shevchenko then took over to pass 600 in 1:34.06 and go on to win in 2:05.04 and Aicha Rezig of Algeria got for second in 2:05.45. Meanwhile Noble had dropped back to last with 240 remaining only to rally over in the final straight and get up for third in 2:05.56. However, she would now have to wait and see if she would be a time finalist.

HEAT THREE—At the 400, reached in 60.59 it was Aleksandra Uvarova of Russia, Zoe Buckman of Australia and Elizet Banda of Zambia. Olga Cristea of Maldova closed with a rush over the final 200 to win in 2:04.76t with Uvarova in second at 2:05.02 and Banda in third at 2:05.57 to become the first of two time qualifiers. When Beckman’s fourth place time of 2:05.60 went up on the screen Noble knew that she had become the final time qualifier by .04 second and the first American to ever to reach a World Junior Championship final in the 800.



First Four in Each Heat Qualify For Final

HEAT ONE—Nicole Leach of the U.S. and UCLA, the world junior leader, got out well in lane five and except for a minor hesitation at the eight had no trouble winning in 56.11. Sherene Pinnock of Jamaica, in lane three pursued Leach for the first 300 before finishing second in 57.11 Anestasiya Ott of Russia finished well to grab third in 57.19.

HEAT TWO—Ebony Collins of the U.S. and Wilson High in Long Beach, California , running with a bandage high up on her thigh, was out well and in good position at 200 meters but faded to finish eighth in 60.70. Meanwhile Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica, running in lane six and Muna Adam of Sudan, in lane seven, were one-two and clear of the field after 200 meters. They finished in that order, running 56.11 and 56.66. Ajoke Odumosu of Nigeria was third in 57.00.


Jim Spier's report


Pole Vault Qualifying - Women

Tori Anthony (Castellija, Palo Alto, CA) had a great day, jumping the auto qualifier of 13-1.5 on her first attempt. Brittany Parker ( Mc Kinney, TX) did not fare as well, managing only 12-5.5 and not making it on to the final. The athlete to beat appears to be Russia's Valeriva Volik who cleared 13-1.5 with more than a foot to spare.

Javelin Qualifying - Men

Both Americans, Matt Maloney (U. Oregon) and Adam Montague ( U. of North Carolina) did not make the final. Maloney was last in his group, throwing 189-5, well under his 231-5 best. Montague threw 217-6, about 7 feet under his PB. It took 228-3 to make the final. The final will be a great one, with group leaders Ari Mannio of Finland (243-4) and John Robert Oosthuizen ( South Africa - 257-3) the favorites.

Hammer Qualifying - Men

Walter Henning (St. Anthony's, South Huntington, NY) continued to impress. He came very close to the auto qualifying of 232-3 on his second throw and then got the auto qualifier on his third and final attempt, tossing the implement 234-7. Henning was one of eight auto qualifiers, led by meet record holder Yuriy Shayunou ( Belarus) who got off a big 251-10 throw on his first attempt. Only one other American has ever made the hammer final at this meet, and that was Nick Welihozkiy in the 2000 Championships in Santiago, Chile. Welihozkiy finished ninth (191-4) using the 16 pound implement. In that event, there were only 14 competitors and the event was a "straight final". In the case of Henning, it is the only time that an American made the final when there were qualifying rounds and, beyond that, the first ever to achieve an automatic qualifier.



Hammer Throw Final - Women

Bianca Perie of Romania got the meet record on her second throw and was never bested. She threw 221-1 with Anna Bulgakova ( Russia - 215-7) second and Shuai Hao ( China - 210-10) getting third.

Long Jump Final - Men

This was a great one. The favorite, Xiaoyi Zhang of China held the lead through four rounds, first at 25-8.75 and then, in round four, at 25-9.5. Then the fun began. In the fifth round, Australian Robert Crowther moved into the lead with an even 8.00 meter jump (26-3). Antone Belt of the US improved in that round to 26-1, a personal best to secure second place. Zhang, distraught in front of his home crowd, could not improve an was relegated to the bronze position.

Discus Throw - Men

The world leader, Margus Hunt of Estonia did not disappoint. He set new world junior records at least twice during the competion, throwing 218-9, then 220-10 in the sixth and final round. Four athletes threw better than 62 meters (203-5), with Mohammed Samimi of Iran garnering the silver with a national junior record (206-8) and Martin Wierig of Germany taking third with a PB of 203-11. Nick Robinson (El Toro, Lake Forest, CA) finished tenth with a respectable throw of 181-2.


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