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Caterine Ibarguen produced the best triple jump of the last six years to earn a dramatic victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco’s Stade Louis II, registering 15.31m to put her fifth on the world all-time list on Friday (18).
Silas Kiplagat produced the shock of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco as he outsprinted a Kenyan compatriot who had been targeting a world record here, Asbel Kiprop, to win the 1500m in 3:27.64 on Friday (18).
The rivalry between Kenya and Ethiopia in the endurance events perhaps reaches a peak at this distance.
Czech Republic’s Anzeka Drahotova set the first world junior record *of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, when she won the women’s 10,000m race walk in 42:47.25 on Wednesday (23).
The only junior to have run under 28 minutes so far in 2014 is Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei, who ran 27:56.26 in the Dutch town of Leiden last month.
Czech Republic’s Anezka Drahotova produced the first world junior record * of the IAAF World Championships, Oregon 2014, by taking the 10,000m walk with a time of 42:47.25 to smash the former mark of 42:59.48, set by Russia’s Yelena Lashmanova in 2011.
This is the most successful event ever for Kenya at the IAAF World Junior Championships - with a Kenyan having won every time since the distance was extended to 3000m in 1988 - and Titus Kibiego and Barnabas Kipyegon, the top two at the Kenyan trials, are expected to continue the winning streak.
Kenya's Daisy Jepkemei is the only defending champion in the women’s running events but is far from the favourite this time around, although Kenyan has a winning streak to preserve in this event having won on every occasion since it came onto the Championships programme in 2004.
World leader Wilhem Belocian and David Omoregie have both shown superb form this year with times of 13.15 and 13.17 respectively.
It looks like being all USA in this event with Kendell Williams holding the two fastest times in 2014, both under 13 seconds. She set an Area junior record of 12.87 set at Hayward Field last month when winning the national junior title, the second fastest time ever by a junior.
This year’s world leader and national junior record holder Jaheel Hyde, who ran 49.49 on home soil in Kingston back in March, wants to make history and win Jamaica’s first gold in the event, as he did last year by winning the World Youth Championships title in the sprint hurdles.
USA's Shamier Little, a first-year student at Texas A&M University, dominates the 2014 junior list with seven of the eight best performances this year.
World leader Andrei Skabeika wants to follow the footsteps of his fellow Belarussian Andrei Churyla, winner two years ago.
Britain’s Morgan Lake has the best mark of all the entrants this year with a 1.93m clearance, but she is only entered in the high jump as a back-up; her main priority is the heptathlon.
Russia’s Evgeniy Likhanov moved into the lead after four events in the decathlon following his 2.09m clearance in the high jump
Heir of a successful tradition, world junior leader Axel Chapelle is looking to become the second Frenchman to win the global junior title, 24 years after 1996 Olympic champion Jean Galfione.
The buzz in the pole vault surrounds Venezuela’s Robeilys Peinado, the world youth champion who at 16 has already reached 4.40m.
World junior leader Wang Jianan of China and US junior champion Travonn White want to leave their mark in Eugene as their countrymen have in past editions of the World Junior Championships.
Romania’s Florentina Marincu, the world youth champion in both the long and triple jump, reached 6.71m in Bucharest in late June and is justifiably considered the favourite here.
At 16, Lazaro Martinez has been a sensation this year, setting a world youth best of 17.24m, which opened doors to a three fine IAAF Diamond League performances.