Brittany Anderson of Jamaica sets yet another record in Nairobi,Girls 100m Hurdle Wu18 Championship 2017

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Brittany Anderson of Jamaica ran 12.72, the fastest ever 100m hurdles time by an U18 athlete, in winning the final.

Although she was helped by a 4.1m/s following wind, Anderson’s time was so much quicker than the world U18 best of 12.94 set by compatriot Yanique Thompson, she could well have been capable of breaking that mark in legal conditions.

Taking silver behind the Jamaican was Cyrena Samba-Mayela of France with 12.80, also significantly faster than the world U18 best of 12.94. Anderson's teammate Daszay Freeman finished third in 13.09.

Anderson came to these championships as the fastest in the world with a best of 13.04. This performance, however, was bettered by Samba-Mayela in yesterday's semifinals with 12.98, so it was no surprise to see these two fight it out for gold in the final.

Samba-Mayela looked to be pulling away from her Jamaican rival, but then lost her momentum after hitting a hurdle late in the race. She recovered her momentum well, but the race was lost. Anderson took the win by a clear 0.08 margin.

There was a significant gap to Freeman, who never looked like she could threaten the top two, but made it two medals for her country. Yoveini Mota of Venezuela took fourth place, again well behind Freeman with 13.28, and the second French athlete, Mathilde Coquillaud Salomon, finished fifth in 13.37.

Sevval Ayaz of Turkey, looking like a possible contender after a 13.20 in the semifinals, was a non-finisher after a heavy fall early on in the race.

Ethiopia's Contigent Spoils for Kenyans in Epic Duel between the two Two Nations, IAAF wu18 Day 4

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In a penultimate day four session with a record attendance of nearly 88,000 spectators,The Ethiopian contingent of middle-distance runners on Saturday spoiled the party for Kenyans by winning two gold medals in both the boys' 800m and girls' 1500m finals in front of a vibrant near-capacity crowd at Kasarani Stadium.

Despite Kenya missing on some of the finalist medals, the contests were thrilling nonetheless.

The boys' 800m contest evolved into a thrilling four-way battle in the final track event of the night.

After charging through the bell in 51.53, led by Japheth Toroitich of Kenya, the small lead group stayed together throughout the second lap.

While it seemed Toroitich might be able to hold on after his brave effort, Ethiopia's Melese Nberet delivered a late kick to take gold in a new U18 world lead of 1:47.12.

His compatriot Tolesa Bodena also finished well, crossing the line in 1:47.16 to grab second place and secure a one-two for Ethiopia, with Toroitich holding on for third in 1:47.82, as both athletes clocked personal bests.

While Juan Castro of Costa Rica settled for fourth position in 1:49.76, he dipped under 1:50.00 for the first time in his career.

In the girls' 1500m final, Ethiopia again upset the host nation to the disappointment of the local fans.

Winding up the pace in a stunning final lap, Lemlem Hailu crossed the finish line in 4:20.80 after covering the last 300m in 45.00 to take the gold medal.

Her teammate Sindu Girma delivered a superb finish to complete the race in 4:22.14.

Offering some consolation to the thousands of spectators who turned up to watch, Kenya's Jebitok ended third in 4:23.16.

Meanwhile, pre-race favourite Sokwakhana Zazini hit it hard from the start, dominating the boys' 400m hurdles final with a spectacular performance.

Holding the world U18 best of 48.84, which he set back in March, Zazini went unchallenged and stormed across the line in 49.27.

He finished well clear of Kenya's Moitalel Naadokila who grabbed the silver medal in a personal best of 52.06 to the delight of the crowd.

Baptiste Christophe of France took bronze in 52.21, and he too set a career record to earn his place on the podium.

A few minutes earlier, Zeney van der Walt had ensured double gold for South Africa in the 400m hurdles, snatching victory in the dying metres from Jamaica's Sanique Walker in the girls' contest.

The pre-race favourite, Walker led comfortably at the final barrier, which she clobbered with her lead leg and knocked to the floor in a battle with fatigue.

The error drained all her momentum and Van der Walt was able to chase her down, winning by just 0.04 in 58.23.

Back in third, Germany's Gisele Wender came through strongly to set a personal best of 59.17 and grab the last place on the podium.

In another thrilling battle in the boys' discus final, Claudio Romero of Chile took the world U18 title with a world U18 leading mark of 64.33m.

After going in as the favourite, he had to dig deep to beat Ukraine's Oleksiy Kyrylin, who led with a third-round heave of 63.98m before being overtaken by Romero in the fifth round.

It was a historic day for Chile, with Romero securing the first medal of any colour for his country in the history of the IAAF World U18 Championships.

South Africa's Morne Brandon was well behind the top two, snatching bronze with a last-round effort of 58.34m.

Continuing Cuba's fine run of form at these championships, Amanda Almendariaz stunned the favourites to win the girls' hammer title.

She unleashed a whopping 71.12m personal best, adding almost three metres to her personal best, as she set a world U18 lead and climbed to seventh place on the world U18 all-time list.

Her closest rival was teammate Yaritza de la Martinez, who launched the sphere 69.79m in the second round for silver, and the bronze was taken by Belarus's Katsiaryna Valadkevich, who was unable to muster her best on the evening but managed to reach the podium with a 68.17m attempt in the fifth round.

Also producing a surprise, China's Tan Qiujiao recovered from an early foul, soaring to victory in the girls' triple jump final with a massive 13.64m effort in the second round. She added 46 centimetres to her personal best to achieve a world U18 lead.

Aleksandra Nacheva of Belarus, who went into the event as the favourite, tried her best to respond but even a career best of 13.54m in the fifth round was not enough as she took second place.

Cuba's Zulia Hernandez broke new ground to take the bronze medal, opening with a personal best of 13.29m.

Niu Chunge of China racked up a flawless series in the final to win the girls' pole vault gold medal.

Niu cleared six heights in succession with her first attempts, clinching the title with a personal best of 4.20m and adding five centimetres to her previous career record.

Lifting the bar to 4.30m, with the gold already in the bag, she was unable to make it over, but she had done enough.

Germany's Leni Wildgrube put up a fight for the top spot on the podium, successfully clearing 4.15m with her maiden attempt, but she was unable to match Niu's 4.20m effort and settled for the silver medal.

Anna Airault of France was unable to get over 4.15m or 4.20m, after carrying two of her attempts over, and she earned bronze with a 4.10m performance.

Six of the eight athletes in the line-up achieved personal bests, including all three medallists.

Lemlem Hailu' wins Gold Girls 1500M race – IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017 Day 3

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Few athletes will have faced such an intimidating atmosphere as young Ethiopian pair Lemlem Hailu and Sindu Girma, who entered the Kasarani Stadium on Saturday evening to the sound of a near-capacity crowd screaming for their Kenyan rivals.

But the joy of wading into rival territory is that there is little to no pressure or expectation involved, and in the girls’ 1500m final they ran supremely, sweeping to a 1-2 in a last-lap burn-up and spoiling the party for the hosts.

The early pace had been slow, the field passing 400m in a pedestrian 1:13.21 with South Africa’s Nicole Louw leading the way, and the second lap was almost identical, with the field passing 800m bunched together in 2:26.43. By then Kenya’s Edina Jebitok was looming towards the front, seemingly preparing for an early strike, but it would only be the sound of the bell that coaxed her to the front some 300 metres later.

By the time she passed 1200m in 3:35.69, Jebitok was burning all cylinders at the front, trying desperately to shake the presence of Hailu and Girma, who dogged her slipstream on every step. Approaching the final turn they bolted past, and despite close to 50,000 fans screaming their support, Jebitok had no response.

Hailu continued to accelerate down the home straight, breaking the virtual tape in 4:20.80, her last 300m a swift 45.00. "I was sure of winning coming into this race so I just kept my focus," said Hailu. "I'm very happy to have won Ethiopia a second gold medal."

Her teammate Girma came through strongly for second in 4:22.14. "I expected stiff competition from Kenya in this race," she said. "I had prepared well and I'm happy with the silver medal."

Jebitok was resilient in third, reaching the finish in 4:23.16 despite struggling with injury. "I was poised for a win but I felt pain in my left leg and I couldn't gather enough energy to push me through. I am not impressed. I should have won gold at home."

Rachel Nzangi of Kenya came home a disconsolate fourth in 4:24.70, while it was a long way back to early leader Nicole Louw of South Africa, who claimed fifth in 4:33.40.

Boys' high Jump – Breyton Poole SA emerges World leader with a 2.24m jump IAAF Wu18 Championship,

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World U18 leader Breyton Poole produced one of the most captivating displays of the championships to win the high jump title in Nairobi, the 1.72m tall jumper improving on his personal best three times.

Poole did not have a very good start as he found himself behind on countback for much of the competition, but in the end he asserted his dominance, clearing a height 10 centimetres above anyone else to achieve the biggest winning margin in the history of the championships.

In a high-quality competition with the top six all setting personal bests, Chima Ihenetu of Germany was the runner-up with 2.14m, while Vladyslav Lavskyy of Ukraine took the bronze on countback with 2.11m.

Ihenetu cleared the 2.11m, a personal best by three centimetres, on his second attempt to find himself in third. Poland's Piotr Sztandur and Shaun Miller of The Bahamas were in fourth and fifth after third-time clearances.

Of all entrants in the competition, none besides Poole had previously cleared higher than 2.10m. It thus came as a major surprise when five of the seven jumpers attacking 2.11m cleared the height.

Lavskyy, who entered the competition with a personal best of just 2.06m, was the leader of the competition at this point, the only jumper with a clean slate after taking his best to 2.07m and then 2.11m. Poole also cleared 2.11m on his first attempt, but had previously had a failure at 2.02m.

The next height of 2.14m proved too much for three of the five. Poole, unsurprisingly, went over the bar on his first jump, but just a couple of minutes later so did Ihenetu, now going six centimetres above his previous career best. The two were now tied for the lead, as Lavskyy was assured of getting the bronze.

The competition was effectively decided at 2.16m. The South African needed two attempts this time, but he did clear, while the German took just one jump before passing to 2.18m.

That height proved too much for Ihenetu. His rival watched from the sidelines as the German took the remaining two jumps without getting close to clearing the bar.

The title was now decided. But it was far from over. Poole ordered the bar be raised to 2.20m and once again cleared that on the second try. Then came a first-time clearance at 2.22m. And after that, the bar was raised by another two centimetres.

Poole would have been justified in feeling tired by now, but he did not give up. He failed twice, but then sailed over the bar on what was his 14th jump of the competition.

It was not until 2.27m, a height that would have equalled the championship record, that he had to bow out with three failed attempts.

Breyton is the second South African to win the world U18 title in the event, following in the footsteps of Jacques Freitag, the winner of the inaugural edition of the championships in 1999, who went on to take the world senior title in 2003.

Sokwakhana Zazini,SA lifts the boys' 400M hurdles title – IAAF World u18 Championship

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Pre-race favourite Sokwakhana Zazini hit it hard from the start, dominating the boys' 400m hurdles final with a spectacular performance at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on Saturday night.

Holding the world youth best of 48.84, which he set back in March, Zazini went unchallenged and stormed across the line in 49.27, the third-fastest time in World U18 Championships history.

He finished well clear of Kenya's Moitalel Naadokila who grabbed the silver medal in a personal best of 52.06 to the delight of a large home crowd.

Baptiste Christophe of France took bronze in 52.21, and he too set a career record to earn his place on the podium.

“I feel great because I've really been looking forward to this moment, and now it has come. I'm really happy,” Zazini said.

"It didn't go exactly as planned because I had to change (my lead leg) but I couldn't. I don't know what happened.

"I wanted to break the world best again, but it's fine. I'll take it."

China's Niu Chunge racks Up a flawless victory in Girls' Pole Vault– IAAF World U18

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Niu Chunge of China racked up a flawless series in the final to win the girls' pole vault gold medal on Saturday evening at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.

Niu cleared six heights in succession with her first attempts, clinching the title with a personal best of 4.20m and adding five centimetres to her previous career record to become China’s first world U18 champion in the event.

Lifting the bar to 4.30m, with the gold already in the bag, she was unable to make it over, but she had done enough.

Germany's Leni Wildgrube put up a fight for the top spot on the podium, successfully clearing 4.15m with her maiden attempt, but she was unable to match Niu's 4.20m effort and settled for the silver medal.

Anna Airault of France was unable to get over 4.15m or 4.20m, after carrying two of her attempts over, and she earned bronze with a 4.10m performance.

Six of the eight athletes in the line-up achieved personal bests, including all three medallists, with the pole vault contested as a straight final.

Jordan Diaz sets world record in Boys triple jump Iaaf world-u18 championships nairobi 2017

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The first world U18 best of the championships was set today when Jordan Diaz of Cuba reached an incredible 17.30m in the fourth round of the boys' triple jump final, having set a championship record of 17.00m on his previous jump.

“I am very happy to have set the record here in Nairobi,” the elated Cuban said after the final. “I also thank my parents for their support. The crowd cheered me on, which was a great feeling.”

Diaz's mark erased the old best of 17.24m, set by his compatriot Lazaro Martinez in 2014. The 16-year old, who will still be eligible for U18 competition in 2018, improved his pre-competition best by 64 centimetres and moved to seventh on the 2017 world senior list.

In a closely fought battle for the other medals, South American U18 champion Frixon David Chilla of Ecuador took the silver with a personal best of 15.92m. Just behind him, Arnovis de Jesus Palmero of Colombia took bronze with 15.89m, also a personal best, with Yusniel Jorrin of Cuba a mere centimetre behind.

Diaz took control right from the start, with his 15.99m the best jump in round one by nearly half a metre. He went better on his second attempt, reaching 16.25m. By that point, everyone else would have needed a big personal best to get close.

But as it turned out, that was only the start. In the third round, Diaz executed much better technically and as soon as he landed, the spectators knew they had witnessed something special. And then the result flashed up on the board: 17.00m. The Cuban thus became not just the championship record holder, but also the second U18 athlete ever to reach the 17-metre barrier.

As Diaz stood up on the runway for his fourth jump, there was an air of excitement among the audience. Could he go even farther?

That question was answered in emphatic manner. The stadium exploded as Diaz landed well beyond the 17-metre line. And then exploded again when the distance was announced as 17.30m. The first world U18 best of these championships had just been set.

It must have been difficult to focus again after such a fantastic performance, so it was no surprise that Diaz passed on his next jump and fouled on his last.

Behind the Cuban, there was a hot battle going on for the other medals, starring the remaining Latin American jumpers. After Chilla had reached 15.50m in the first round, then Arnovis Dalmero overtook him with 15.52m in round two, before Cuba's No.2 Yusniel Jorrin jumped 15.57m.

On their third attempts, there was more change. Chilla, first in the jumping order, had a big one of 15.81m, re-taking the runner-up spot, but not for long. Dalmero responded with 15.89m, his best ever by a quarter of a metre.

Jorrin had a big foul in that round, but he made up for it on his next attempt. A jump of 15.88m moved him once again into the medals.

But again, it didn’t last long. In the fifth round, the Ecuadorian improved yet again, this time to a personal best of 15.92m.

There was no change to the medal order in the final round, although Jorrin had another good effort just short of what was necessary to make the podium. It was measured at 15.87m, just two centimetres away from a medal.

Owayne Owens of Jamaica finished in fifth with a last-round 15.55m. And there was the unusual sight of an Ethiopian placing well in a jumping event, as Adir Gur took sixth with 15.42m.

George Manangoi fires the home crowd to wins Boys 1500m, World U18 championship Nairobi

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Kenyan middle-distance runner George Manangoi had the lively home crowd on its feet today evening as he stormed to victory in the boys' 1500m final in the afternoon session at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.

After setting off at a relatively slow pace, the Ethiopian duo of Belete Mekonen and Abebe Dessassa took control of the pack in the early stages, but they seemed in no hurry and Mekonen led them through 800 metres in 2:07.58.

They eventually switched gears at the bell, launching a lengthy drive for the line in an effort to shake off a bunched field, but they were made to pay for their tactical approach.

Having sat back and played a waiting game, Manangoi, younger brother of world silver medallist Elijah Manangoi, was rewarded for his patience, drawing clear down the finishing straight to earn gold in 3:47.53.

Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad also produced a strong kick to take second place but he was later disqualified for obstructing an opponent.

Dessassa was elevated to second position, taking the silver medal in a personal best of 3:48.65.

Mekonen, who had entered the race with the fastest career best in the line-up (3:39.86), held on to take the bronze medal in 3:50.64.

Kenya’s Dominic Kipkemboi was a non-starter for the final, having appeared to have picked up an injury after winning his heat two days prior.

Liu Zhekai spectacular throw earns China its first World U18 title , Nairobi 2017 Wu18

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Liu Zhekai was the decisive winner of the boys' javelin with a personal best of 77.54m, becoming the first Chinese boy to win a world U18 title in the event.

Leading from round one, the Chinese thrower backed up his best with 76.96m, the second longest throw of the evening, and another solid attempt measured at 75.23m.

Johannes Schlebusch of South Africa took the silver with a last-round throw of 75.68m, and Song Qingshu made it two medals for China with 73.64m, also saving his best for the last round.

The competition started off well, with three boys throwing beyond the 70-metre line in round one. Liu was the early lead with 73.32m, ahead of Schlebusch's 72.31m, with the Polish world U18 leader Dawid Wegner in third with 70.56m.

The decisive moment came in round two. Liu sent the spear flying to 77.54m, which proved to be a distance none of his rivals could match on the day.

In round three, Schlebusch improved marginally to 72.61m, but otherwise, there was no change in the top positions for the majority of the final. It was only in the penultimate round that the competition was re-ignited.

First, Song Qingshu, down in fifth at that point, had an excellent throw of 70.64m to move into the medals, overtaking Wegner by just eight centimetres. Then Schlebusch improved his best to 74.00m, which in turn motivated the leader to get close to his best with 76.96m.

The order did not change in the final round, but that did not mean there was no excitement. The silver and bronze medallists both improved again. Song added exactly three metres to his best and Schlebusch threw a PB of 75.68m, moving to within two metres of the winner.

Liu ended the competition with a foul, but that took nothing away from the overall quality of his performance, or the winner's joy.

Jaza Kasa, President Uhuru Declares Nairobi 2017 WU18 Championship Open on all days

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Even the subsequent torrential downpour that caused major disruptions to the programme could not dampen the sense of occasion as Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta declared the Nairobi 2017 IAAF World Under 18 (WU18) Championships open.

The Head of State gave his citizens the gift of attending the biggest track and field event ever hosted in Kenya free of charge as he officially welcomed competitors from over 129 nations who are bidding for a slice of history.

“This occasion is a very special one for me personally and for the Kenyan people. Sports, as you all know, occupy a unique place in our society.

“Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say, Kenya has been a major player in international sports and I assure you that in Kenya, you will find many enthusiastic sports’ fans,” the Kenyan leader said on Wednesday afternoon.

President Uhuru arrived at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani a few minutes past 4pm local time (+3GMT) and barely half an hour left to the start of the first event of the afternoon, the closing ceremony had to be cut short to keep the schedule running on time.

There was no customary team’s match past, firework, dances and other pomp and flair that ushers in such events.

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