Jamaican hurdler Yanique Thompson put on one of the greatest performances ever at the IAAF World Junior Championships (WYC), breaking a 14-year record and winning Jamaica’s first gold here. at RSC Olympiyskiy.
The youngsters will be on the hunt again on day three of competition today with four Jamaicans in the final and semi-finals, looking to increase the number of medals.
The 17-year-old technical student from Holmwood stopped the clock in a breathtaking 12.94 seconds to win the 100m hurdles final, becoming Jamaica’s first 100m hurdles gold medalist at WYC, and the first to hold a world record in the event at all levels, after beating Adrianna Lamalle’s 13.08, set in 1999.
Her compatriot Rushelle Burton narrowly missed a medal. She set a personal best of 13.32, which put her in fourth place behind silver medalist Dior Hall, 13.01, and Mikiah Brisco, 13.29.
“It’s incredible!” exclaimed Thompson stunned, the Jamaican flag draped around his waist and eyes wide with excitement.
“I wanted to get this gold medal. This is my last year as a junior and I didn’t want to leave without something,” added the Spanish Town native.
Struggling with the departure
Thompson’s run was the brightest spark of a mixed day for the Jamaicans, who, for the third time in eight years of WYC history, failed to win a medal in the 100m.
Michael O’Hara scored 10.46 for fourth place in the boys’ final, with Waseem Williams seventh in 10.58 as China’s Youxue took gold in 10.35, along with the medalist. silver Ojie Edoburun (Great Britain) and bronze medalist Reynier Mena (Cuba) 10.37.
“It’s a big disappointment for me. I’ve struggled with my start since I got here. I’m just going to have to refocus for the 200m now,” said O’Hara disappointed after the race.
Saqukine Cameron and Jonielle Smith found themselves stranded in the women’s 100m semi-final, Cameron finishing fourth in her race with a time of 11.83, while Smith could only score 12.01 for her sixth place finish. in another semi-final.
Rochelle Frazer was not at her best in her first appearance in the girls’ shot put final, as her best effort of the day of 14.46m, which came on her second attempt, the placed in 12th position.
Okeen Williams posted a world record of 50.53, while Marvin Williams, 51.31, again set a personal best as the two Jamaicans impressively advanced to the 400m hurdles final tomorrow.
Quarter-miles Tiffany James, Martin Manley and Devaughn Baker will all compete for medals today after mixed performances in the semi-finals yesterday.
James, 53.70, for the third fastest time before the final and Manley, 46.65, with his second straight personal best, were impressive in qualifying for the 400m final, while Devaughn Baker, who has finished third in his semi-final in 46.78, had to endure a nervous wait before being confirmed as one of the fastest losers.
Jaheel Hyde used a personal best 13.47 and will compete in today’s 110m hurdles semi-final with an eye on tonight’s final. However, Jordan Chin had a disastrous second phase of his race, crashing into the final three hurdles and finishing sixth in 14.46.
Christoffe Bryan qualifies for tomorrow’s boys high jump final after barely breaking a sweat in qualifying, clearing 2.09m on his first attempt.