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Jim Spier, NSSF - Live on-site
Saturday Report

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Morning Session - Afternoon Session - Evening Session

World Youth Champs Day 4 - Morning

Girls 100m Hurdles (30" - First 2 in each heat and next 6 times advance to semis)

Heat 1 (-0.9) - Nataly Martinez of Cuba, a 13.35 performer and current World Youth leader, did not start, so it left the door open for the next best entrant, Matilda Bogdanoff of Finland, who led from start to finish, winning in 13.85. Second was Anastasiya Zenina of Russian in 13.95.

Heat 2 (0.7) - Jasmine Stowers, the soon-to-be sophomore at Pendleton HS, SC, looked terrific in her international debut. Her start was the best of the field and she never trailed in the race, winning in 13.74. Anna Zagre of Belgium got a 13.90 PB in second.

Heat 3 (1.2) - Krystal Bodie of the Bahamas, a 13.91 performer, was DQd for a false start. Christabel Nettey, with the worst start of the field and a prior 14.25 best, ran a terrific race from lane 8, with a big PR of 13.49. Jacinta Doyle got second with a PB 13.6.5. Of the seven girls who raced in this heat, five got PRs!

Heat 4 (-0.1) - Julian Purvis (St. Elizabeth, Oakland, CA) had a great start and held off Kierre Beckles of the Bahamas throughout the race to win in 13.45, # 2 in the World. Beckles was only .02 behind.

Heat 5 (-1.1) - Shermaine Williams of Jamaica, ranked #2 in the world prior to today at 13.53, improved to 13.37, just .02 off the current world best to win. Lucie Cincinatis of Belgium was second in 13.61.

Going into the semifinals, Julian Purvis is ranked second and Jasmine Stowers 8th.

World Youth Champs Day 4 - Afternoon

Boys 400m Hurdles Semifinals (33") - Top 4 in each advance to the final

Semi 1 - William Wynne wanted there to be no doubt about his capabilities after yesterday's near disaster. Trailing Nathan Arnett of the Bahamas through four hurdles, he took the lead at the fifth and "never looked back". He not only had the best start of the field, he also got the world youth lead at 50.28. The prior world youth leader, PC Beneke of South Africa qualified fourth. Arnett was second at 51.77, the same time as Julius Rotich Oletygor of Kenya in third.

Semi 2 - Reginald Wyatt (JW North, Riverside, CA) had the worst start of the group but completely dominated the race. His time is #2 in the world behind Wynne's, run in the prior semi. Second was Amaurys Valle of Cuba with a PB of 51.04. Cornel Fredericks of South Africa, the prior #2 in the world prior to today (50.75) was third in 51.82, and Hamed Al-Bishi fo Saudi Arabia was the final qualifier at 52.27

Girls 200m Semifinals (First 2 in each heat and next 2 fastest times advance to final)

Semi 1 (-1.5) - We never expected this. Out of lane 1, Barbara Leoncio of Brazil rocketed to the lead and never was caught, running 23.69. Chalonda Goodman (Newnan, GA) had a disastrous start (.202) and was leading the pack in the middle of the track but could only manage second (23.86).

Semi 2 (-1.3) - Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth, Oakland, CA), with the best start of the field, led from the gun. She won at 23.66, with Nivea Smith of the Bahamas second in 23.81.

Semi 3 (-1.8) - Rosangela Santos of Brazil, the silver medallist in the 100 meters, had a relatively easy time of it in winning this heat. She ran a PB 23.84 to the Russian Elza Vildanova's 23.93.

Boys 200m Semifinals (First 2 in each heat and next 2 fastest times advance to final)

Semi 1 (-1.4) - By the time he reached the homestretch, Ramone Mc Kenzie was looking from side to side to see if anyone was gaining on him. He was again in his jogging mode, finishing at 21.14. Coming strong at the end was Ramil Guliyev ofAzerjeijan, running 21.22. Kenneth Gilstrap (Miller Grove, Lithonia, GA) was third in 21.46, a PB, and will have to wait two more heats to see if he one of the two time qualifiers.

Semi 2 (-0.5) - A strong run for the 100 meter silver medallist, Nickel Ashmeade, running 21.08. Second was Likourgos-Stefanos Tsakonoas of Greece in 21.49

Semi 3 ( ) - Both Dantago Gurirab of Namibia and Danzell Fortson of the USA did not start. We are trying to ascertain the reason. A very impressive Hiroyuki Kubota of Japan put a lot of distance between he and the field, winning in an eased up 21.17. Second was Christophe Lemaitre of France in 21.41. Kenneth Gilstrap made it into the final as the first of two time qualifiers.

World Youth Champs - Day 4, evening

It's hot today, probably in the low 80's.

Girls 800 Meters Semifinals (first 2 in each heat and next 2 fastest advance)

Heat 1 - Chanelle Price led a parade of three through 700 meters: Winny Chebet of Kenya and Olha Bibik of the Ukraine. Price's splits were 60.01 and 1:31.97. Chebet passed Price with about 60 meters remaining and Price did not respond, knowing she had one of two auto qualifiers assured. Chebet ran 2:04.10 to Price's 2:04.34.

Heat 2 - A relatively slow first 400 (63.54) led to the expected sprint to the finish with Sofia Oberg of Sweden the winner in 2:07.76, and Alison Leonard of Great Britain in second (2:07.84).

Heat 3 - A really slow first 400 (67.71) inferred that the race would begin at 600 meters, as it did. Jessica Parry (Canada) jumped the field immediately and let through 740 meters when Elena Lavric (Romania) took over, with Juana Ivis Mendez of Cuba moving up from the pack. Mendez passed Parry and finished second (2:10.60) to Lavric (2:10.28).

Boys Triple Jump Final

What a great competitor Christian Taylor is. His round two jump of 50-11.5 (-0.1) got him into second place after a 49-7.25 (0.3) first round jump. In round three, he moved into the lead by .01m (51-0.25, 0.6). Aleksey Federov of Russia took the lead briefly in round 4 (51-1.75, 0.2), but Taylor responded on his next jump with a 51-3.75 (0.4) to retake the lead.

He would continue to lead through round 5, though he did not improve (51-1.75, -0.6). He had the event won on by his last attempt and put "the icing on the cake" with a mammoth 52-5.25 (0.6). How's that for a kid who hadn't broken 50 feet until yesterday!!! Bryce Lamb could not match his qualifying performance of yesterday, managing only 49-2.25 for eighth. Federov was second with his 51-1.75, and countrymate Gennadiy Chudinov was third at 51-0. Taylor moves into the U.S. high school lead.

Girls 100m Hurdles (30") Semifinals (top 4 in each semi advance to the final)

Semi 1 - Christabel Nettey of Canada, with a big PR in the prior round, led through seven hurdles. By the eighth, Julian Purvis had taken over the lead with Lucie Cincinatis of Belgium closing fast. Purvis won in 13.49, followed by Nettey and Cincinatis in identical 13.53's, then Ivana Loncarek of Croatia in 13.64.

Semi 2 - I think I underestimated young Jasmine Stowers. She gave Shermaine Williams a run for it, gaining on Williams each hurdle, though not able to catch her. Williams ran 13.46 to win to Stowers' 13.52, a PB. Jacinta Doyle of Australia was third (13.69) and Anne Zagre fourth with a PB 13.74.

Boys 3000 meter Final

It was sort of like a Kenya-Morocco dual. Two runners from each country battled it out through 2610 meters, when the two Kenyans, Daniel Lemashon Salel and Lucas Kimeti Rotich broke away from the Moroccans Hicham El Amrani and Moussa Karich. That was the final order as all got PB's: Salel 7:57.18, Rotich 7:59.67, El Amrani 8:00.98 and Karich 8:04.43. The two Moroccans sprawled on the ground after the finish. The Kenyans, as if the race had no affect on them whatsoever, just began their warmdown after they finished.

Girls Shot Put Final

Rebecca O'Brien equaled the mark of the eventual bronze medallist but finished fourth. She was quite a game competitor. Sophie Kleeberg of Germany moved into third on her second throw with a toss of 49-0.25. O'Brien had a best of 45-10 at that point. O'Brien equaled Kleeberg's mark on her next throw, but remained in fourth because of a better second throw by Kleeberg.

O'Brien threw 48-2.75 on her 5th attempt, moving her back into third. On her final attempt, Kleeberg threwe 48-9. Now she had the better second best put, so she's back into third. On her final throw, O'Brien thought she had retaken third, but it would measure 48-6.25, three inches short of what it would take to get the bronze. The winner was Aliona Hryshko of Belarus (52-2.5) with Samira Burkhardt of Germany second (50-4.75). It was a PB for Rebecca O'Brien, and # 6 in the US for high schoolers.

Girls Medley (100-200-300-400m)

The U.S. team of Ashton Purvis, Erica Alexander, Kiana Profit and Dalilah Muhammad qualified for the final, winning their heat in 2:08.38. That was the second fastest time overall, with Jamaica the leader at 2:08.04.

Boys Medley (100-200-300-400m)

The U.S. boys had the leading qualifier, running 1:51.94. The team was comprised of Isaiah Sweeney, Kenneth Gilstrap, Reggie Wyatt and Howard Shepard.

Discus Final

Sean Tabor (Norman, OK) finished a respectable fifth with a throw of 193-9, achieved on his fifth throw. The winner was Mykyta Nesterenko of the Ukraine, throwing 224-10.

After day 4, the U.S. is tied for second in total medals with 8 (3 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes). Russia also has 8. The leader is Kenya with 9.

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