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Athletics fans of a certain generation will remember the 60s worldwide hit ‘Friday On My Mind’ and more than a few were humming The Easybeats' famous standard in Hayward Field after Trentavis Friday took the 200m title at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on the appropriate day of the week.
Mikhail Akimenko of Russia won the men’s high jump with a 2.24m clearance after an intense competition which saw the top four jumpers all record personal best clearances.
Ethiopia’s world youth 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha led for most of the last kilometre to win the men’s 5000m in 13:25.19, his best-ever clocking.
Izabela da Silva made history in Eugene by becoming the first Brazilian female athlete to win a world junior title when taking the discus with a massive personal best of 58.03m.
Gilda Casanova of Cuba and Kendall Baisden of the USA arrived in the homestretch of the women’s 400m final almost even, but it was Baisden who had enough left to scratch her way to the lead and take the victory.
Kaylin Whitney became the third US female sprinter in the past decade to win the world junior 200m title and the 16-year-old Florida high school student did it in a commanding way with a wind-assisted 22.82 (2.4m/s).