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 4 - Friday Aug 18

Chris Carter (400H) wins gold - bronze for Rebekah Noble (800) and Tiffany Ofili (100H)

Gabby Mayo (200) is 5th - John Hickey (SP), Erin Bedell (1500) , advance to finals.

Day 4 Results - Mike Kennedy's Report - Jim Spier's Report - Doug Speck's Day 4 Photos/Sums - Mike Byrnes Day Four Musings

  • M-Hammer - Walter Henning 71.90 (235-11) finished 8th.
  • Heptathlon - Shana Woods made a big move with a 24.33 win (949 points) in the 200m, improving from 18th to 12th in the overall standings after 4 events with 3198 points. Leader is Tatyana Chernova RUS with 3648 points.
  • W100H final - Tiffany Ofili 13.37 +0.0 is third in a near dead heat behind Yekaterina RUS 13.33 (world junior leader) and Christina Vukicevic NOR 13.34. Shalina Clarke crashed on the first hurdle and did not finish.
  • M-400H final - Chris Carter lived up to his world junior #1 ranking with a solid win in 50.08. (Carter at right in photo by PhotoRun)
  • W-200 final - Gabby Mayo 23.84 was 5th and Jeneba Tarmoh 23.96 was 7th as Tezdzhan Naimova BUL 22.99 -0.9 completed a sprint double with a personal best time. Mayo was well off her season best of 22.88.
  • W-800 final - Rebekah Noble finished 3rd in 2:04.90, 2 seconds off her world junior season best. Noble was close behind Olga Cristea MDA 2:04.52, and Winny Chebet KEN 2:04.59.
  • W-110h semi - Tiffany Ofili wins heat 3 in 13.47 -1.7, 2nd fastest qualifier for the finals. Shalina Clarke 13.70 also qualifies as 2nd in heat 2.
  • Heptathlon - With a weak throw of 29-3.75 (460 points), Shana Woods is in 18th place after 3 events with 2249 points.
  • W-HJ qual - Patience Coleman 5-8.5 did not qualify for the finals.
  • W-PV - Tori Anthony 12-9.5 is 8th. Yang Zhou CHN won with a PB 14-1.25.
  • M-SP - Iowa fr John Hickey, after two fouls, fired a PR 63-11.25 in the men's shot to lead all qualifiers into the final. Seymour IN sr Eric Werskey went 54-06.25 and did not advance.
  • M-TJ - U. of Fla. fr Dennis Martin and Washington HS (CO) prep Darius Reed each advanced out of the first round of the m110H. Martin was 2nd in H1 with 14.04, while Reed was 2nd in H3 with 13.81.
  • Hept - Long Beach Poly sr Shana Woods hurdled 14.14 and high-jumped 5-06.25 to begin the Hept in 12th place (1789 pts), while Arizona fr Shevelle Quinley went 14.46 and 5-01.50 to reside in 20th.
  • W1500 - Baylor fr Erin Bedell squeezed into the w1500 final on a time qualifier as she ran 4:20.67 for 6th in H3. Southern Regional NJ jr Danielle Tauro was 5th in the slower H1 in 4:24.16 and did not make it.
  • W-DT - Neither US women's discus thrower could advance, as Woodmere OH jr Emily Pendleton threw 152-06 and Cal-Northridge fr Jere Summers 150-09.
  • M-TJ - Both US triple jumpers failed to advance, as Louisville fr Andre Black leapt 50-11.50, and Cahokia IL sr Kali Jackson 50-00.75.


Mike Kennedy's report

Day 4 - A.M. SESSION



First round - First Four in Each Heat Plus Next Four Fastest Qualify for Semifinals

HEAT ONE (wind -05)—Dennis Martin of the U.S. and the University of Florida, running in lane eight, was out with the leaders but clipped the seventh hurdle and was edged by Vladimir Zhukov, the Russian national junior champion running in lane five, 13.93 to 14.04. Erik Balnuweit of Germany and Jilian Adeniran of Great Britain, were third and fourth, both being timed in 14.05. 

HEAT TWO (+0.7)—Artur Noga of Poland, running in lane one took the early lead. But Konstadinos of Greece, who really snapped down off the hurdles, move ahead to easily win in 13.46 for a championship record in an event that has moved from 42 inch hurdles to 39 inches this year. Noga was second in 13.64.  Rayzam Wan Sofian of Malaysia was third in 14.07 and Rauno Kirschbaum of Estonia was fourth in 14.32.

HEAT THREE (0.0)—Darius Reed of the U.S. and Washington High in Denver, Colorado was almost left in the blocks and by the time he recovered he was not able to overtake Wojciech Jurkowski of Poland, who won in 13.48. Reed’s’ run-in was sufficient to move from fourth to grab second from Mike Van Kruchten of Netherlands, with both timed in 13.81. Otto Lilpi of Finland was fourth in 13.91.

HEAT FOUR (+0.8)—Gianni Frankis of Great Britain, running in lane four, exploded off the third hurdle - and he had to because Keiron Stewart of Jamaica, running in lane seven was rolling. The two remained close the entire way before Stewart prevailed, 13.76 to 13.80. Louw Smit of South Africa, running in lane one, was third in 13.86 and Stevy Telliam of France was fourth in 13.88.

HEAT FIVE—Juan Barragan of Spain had a small lead after three hurdles before Samuel Coco-Violin of France blew by him to win easily in 13.46. Xiaofeng Hong of China, running in lane one was third in 13.93 and Jorge McFarlane of Puerto Rico, in lane seven, was fourth in 13.96. Barragan was sixth in 14.20.



1,500 METRES

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

HEAT ONE—Yuriko Kobayashi of Japan and Stephanie Twell of Great Britain alternated the lead in a race that had early splits of 71.28, 2:19.43 and 3:27.61, before Kobayashi prevailed, 4:19.14 to 4:19.78. Kristine Engeset of Norway closed very well over the final  400 to finish third in 4:19.94. Danielle Tauro of the U.S. and Southern Regional in Manahawkin, New Jersey, found herself in a position that she had never been in before. At the end of 800, passed by the leaders in 2:19.43, she was in last. However, she was also on the same pace that put her just under 4:40 for a mile at the Nike outdoor nationals. The difference being at Nike she was at the front. Tauro moved up to fifth and finish in 4:24.26.

HEAT TWO—Emebet Bedada of Ethiopia and Mercy Kosgei of Kenya dominated a race that had early splits of 75.83, 2:29.07 and 3:36.68. Badada won a half-hearted run in, 4:23.52 to 4:23.53. Azra Eminovic of Serbia was third in 4:25.49.. 

HEAT THREE—As usual, the final heat in distance qualifying is very fast and this was no exception. After splits of 69.13, 2:21.88 and 3:29.23, it was clear that in addition to the three automatic qualifiers, the three time qualifiers would come from this heat. And that is exactly what happened. Irene Jelagat of Kenya was an impressive winner in 4:15.80, Merat Ogbagaber of Eritrea was second in 4:18.10 and Yuan of China was third in 4:18.85. Tereza Caokova of Czech Republic and Zoe Buckman of Australia were the first two time qualifiers in, 4:19.00 and 4:20.24. The final time qualifier went to Erin Bedell of the U.S. and Baylor University, in 4:20.67.





Dmytro Ostrovsky of Ukraine, running in lane five, was out with the leaders and had a small lead only to get passed entering the straight by Brian Barnett of Canada, running in lane six. However, Ostrovsky retook the lead midway down the straightaway and went on to win in 20.89, into a 1.1 meter per second wind. Barnett faded just slightly, allowing Marek Niit to get up for second, 20.96 to 21.00. Alexander Nelson of Great Britain was fourth in 21.14. Ostrovsky was later disqualified for running inside his lane for three consecutive steps giving Niit the gold medal.



Jackson Kivuna of Kenya, who was second in the World Youth Championships and Abraham Chepkirwok of Uganda were the leaders at 200, passed in 25.41. Abubaker Khamis of Sudan, Kivuna were a stride apart as they went by 400 meters in 54.34. Chepkirwok moved to the lead with 200 to go only to see Kivuna edge ahead at 600, passed in 1:21.95. Kivuna continued to lead until David Rudisha of Kenya moved from third to first over the final 20 meters, winning over Kivuna, 1:47.04 to 1:47.64. Chepkirwok was third at 1:47.49.



After waiting near their blocks for at least 15 minutes, the field was off and Chris Carter of the U.S. and BYU, in lane four, ran a solid turn before storming down the back straight and by 200 meters he had pass everyone but Stanislav Melnykov of Ukraine, running in lane eight. Carter entered the final straight with a five meter lead over Melnykov. Bandar Shgraheli of Saudi Arabia began to creep up on Carter but the Cougar freshman reacted quickly and increased his margin over the final two hurdles to win in 50.08. Shraheli’s late move netted him second over Melnykov, 50.34 to 509.43. It was the first gold medal for the United States, which had won 13 in 2004 Championships at Grosseto. Carter later announced to the crowd that he would go back to school for the 2007 season but then go on a mission and try for the 2012 Olympics in London—a decision that is probably not make the United States Track and Field Federation too happy.




It wasn’t a race, it was an annihalation. Tezdzhan Naimova, winner at 100 meters earlier in the meet, dominated from start to finish as the strong and slim smooth striding Bulgarian was clocked in 22.99. Second place went to Vanda Gomes of Brazil in 23.59. Naimova’s winning margin was the biggest since the Championships began in 1986. The old record was set in 1988 in Sudbury when Katrin Krabbe of East Germany defeated teammate Diana Dietz by .54. seconds. Ewelina Klock of Poland was third at 23.62 and Jin Wang of China was fourth at 23.68. Gabriella Mayo of the U.S. and Southeast High in Raleigh, North Carolina was out well and in the middle of the mix at 100 meters but could not match the others closing speed and finished fifth in 23.84. Jeneba Tarboh of the U.S. and Mt. Pleasant High in San Jose. California was never in contention, finishing eight in 23.96.



Rebekah Noble of the U.S. and Oregon, got out well and was third after 100 meters but fell back to eighth at 200 meters, passed in 29.95. She then got back in the race moving up to third at 400, reached in 1:02.15. Noble again let things slip away and probably gave up any chance of victory when she again slipped back to eighth at 600, reached in 1:34.17. With 90 meters remaining she was still eighth but she then came flying on the out side and got up to finish third in 2:04.59. Meanwhile up front, Olga Cristea of Maldova, the World Youth Champion, held a small lead over Winny Chebet of Kenya, and despite a desperate final run-in Chebet was never able get ahead of Cristea, who won in a seasonal best, 2:04.52. to 2:04.57. Chebet’s time was a personal best.



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

HEAT ONE (+1.6)—Kettiany Clarke of Jamaica, who graduated for Palm Beach Lakes in West Palm Beach Florida last year, had the early lead but was overhauled by Christina Vukicevic of Norway, who set a national junior record of 13.45. Clarke was second in 13.72, Anna Plotitsyna of Ukraine was third in 13.91 and Nikkita Holder of Canada was fourth in 13.94.

HEAT TWO (-0.3)—Shalina Clarke of the U.S. and Evanston High in Illinois had a good start and led through three hurdles before being overtaken by Aleksandra Fedoriva of Russia, 13.60 to 13.70. Both runners were runner-up in their national junior championships. Anne-Kathrin Elbe of Germany was third in 13.89 and Arna Erega of Croatia was fourth in 13.88.

HEAT THREE (-1.7)—Tiffany Ofili of the U.S. and the University of Michigan and Natasha Ruddock of Jamaica were out about even before Ofili gained a small advantage after the third hurdle. However, Ofili had to hold off a late charge of Yekaterian Shtepa of Russia, 13.47 to 13.57. Zara Hohn of Great Britain, running in lane eight, snuck in for third with Ruddock falling to fourth. Both were timed in 13.71 and both advanced on time.


Ofili, running in lane four, was out first and held the lead until approaching the10th hurdle, when first Shtepa, in lane five, and then Vukicevic, in lane six, were able to draw even and began to gradually edge away from Ofili to finish one-two in 13.33 to 13.34. Ofili was third in 13.37 and Fedoriva was fourth at 13.57 in a race with no wind. Shalina Clarke did not finish after crashing into the first hurdle.


First Day

100-METER HIGH HURDLES—Shana Woods of the U.S. and Poly High in Long Beach, California was second in her heat in 14.14 worth 959 points, which placed her eighth after one event but just eight points out of fourth place. Tatyana Chernova of Russia, the world junior leader with over 6,100 point won the race, which was run with a 1.6 meter per second wind in 13.70 worth an event leading 1,021 points. Shevell Quinley of the U.S. and the University of Arizona was third in her heat in 14.46 worth 914 points, which placed her 13th. Eloysse Lesueur of France had the second fastest time of 13.89 worth 994 points and Iryna Ilkevych of Ukraine was third in the day’s first event with a 14.00 worth 978 points.

HIGH JUMP—Woods cleared 5-6 worth 830 points and had a two-event total of 1,789 for 12th place. Quinley cleared 5-1 ¼ worth 689 points and a total of 1,603 to slip from 13. to 20th. Chernova improved her lead with an equal event-leading 5-10 ¾ worth 978 points and total of 1,999. Lijuan Song of China cleared 5-9¾ worth 941 points and a total of 1,905 to vault from fifth to second. Yana Panteleyeva of Russia cleared 5-10¾ for 798 points and a two- event total of 1,884 to move from 16th to third.

SHOTPUT—Chernova had a throw of 39-11½ good for 673 point and a total of 2,672 to maintain the lead after three events. Ida Marcussen of Norway had the events farthest throw at 44-11 ¾; which was worth 773 points that moved her from eleventh to third place with 2,567 points. Panteleyeva had a best of 49-3¾, worth 751 points to give her at total of 2,635 that left her in second place. Quinley chose note to continue and finished with 1,603 points.

200—Woods finish the first day with a 24.33 worth 949 point that gave her a four-event total of 3,189 points for 12th place. One month ago when she won the U.S. Junior title with an America high school record of 5,533 she had 3,226 points. Chernova had the fastest time of the event at 24.05 worth 976 points and a first-day total of 3,648 to leave her in the lead. Panteleyeva was timed in 25.03 worth 884 points to remain in second with 3,519 points and Marcussen clocked 24.72, to move closer to Panteleyeva with 3,480 points.


Jim Spier's report

High Jump Qualifying - Women

Ten jumpers achieved the auto qualifying height of 6-0 and another two qualified at 5-11.25.  Patience Coleman cleared two heights but went out at 5-10 after clearing 5-8.5 on her first attempt.

Pole Vault Final - Women

The favorite, Valeriya Volik of Russia, went out relatively early, clearing only 13-5.25 and finishing fourth.  Tina Sutej of Slovenia looked to be the eventual winner after being "clean" through 13-9.25, then missed her first attempt at 13-11.25 and made it on her second.  Remaining were she and Yang Zhou of China, who made 13-11.25 on her third attempt, putting her in second at that point.  Zhou made the next height (14-1.25, a PB) on her second try and Sutej missed all three, making Zhou the champ.  Zhou then had the bar moved to a meet record height of 14-5.5 but failed on all three attempts.

Discus Qualifying - Women

Only five automatic qualifiers left room for seven "distance" qualifiers, but that did not help the two Americans, Jere Summers (Cal-Northridge) and Emily Pendleton (Woodmore, Elmore, OH).  Pendleton got a decent throw on her final attempt (152-6) but that was only enough to get her into 14th place.  Summers threw 150-9 to finish "out of the money" as well.  The leader was Dani Samuels of Austria with a first round qualifier toss of 189-2.

Triple Jump Qualifying - Men

There were 11 auto qualifiers at 51-10 but the Americans were not part of that group.  Kali Jackson (Cahokia, IL) coming into the competition with a best of 51-9 could only manage 50-0.75 for 11th in his group.  Andre Black (U. of Louisville) who had been consistent over 52 feet all spring - and a best of 53-0.75 - jumped only 50-11.5.  The final qualifier, Nico Bayer of Germany, jumped 51-5.75.  The overall leader was Benjamin Campaore' of France, with a leap of 53-7.5.

Hammer Final - Men

Not only did Walter Henning make it into the final from qualifying, he made it to the final round and finished eighth overall.  It was the best ever by an American.  His series was 230-7, 234-8, 235-11, 224-2, 234-0 and 234-9.  The winner was Yevgeniy Aydamirov of Russia, who won with a meet record throw of 257-3


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