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When Kendal Williams clocked a personal best of 10.21 to upset his highly-favoured team mate and world junior record holder Trayvon Bromell in the men’s 100m final, Bromell himself might have been the least-surprised person at Hayward Field.
Having run in the 2012 final, where he finished fifth as well as picking up a bronze medal in the 4x400m two years ago, world leader and national junior record holder Machel Cedenio wants to emulate his fellow Trinidadian Renny Quow and win the global junior title.
List leader Kendall Baisden, from the USA, at 50.46 is the leading entrant in the long sprint, with six of the top ten junior times in 2014 and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, which was also held at Hayward Field, to the credit of the University of Texas student.
Anezka Drahotova couldn’t hide her joy following her world junior record* in the 10,000m race walk, the first of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, but is already setting bigger goals at the senior level.
Alfred Kipketer, the 2013 world youth champion who leads the 2014 junior list with his hand-timed 1:44.2 in Nairobi, and Timothy Cheruiyot could restore Kenya’s successful tradition in this event, with their countrymen having won eight of the 14 finals contested in the history of the Championships.
The two-lap list is led by phenomenal Sahily Diago, of the strong Cuban team. Diago’s Area junior record of 1:57.74, set in Havana in May, is the second fastest time in 2014 by any female athlete regardless of age.
Despite running the fastest time for a junior in 11 years in Lausanne recently, Ronald Kwemoi was not included in the Kenyan team and he will concentrate on the African Championships next month.
Dawit Seyaum and Gudaf Tsegay, both from Ethiopia, have the five fastest junior times this year between them, led by Seyaum’s 3:59.53 set while winning in Marrakesh in early June, a time which moved the 2013 African junior champion up to sixth on the all-time list.
Ethiopia’s 2013 5000m national champion Senbere Teferi is the fastest junior so far this year, with 8:41.54 from a blazing IAAF Diamond League race in Doha, where she placed ninth, while Kenyan trials winner Lilian Kasait Rengeruk ran 8:53.41 in the same race, making her the second-fastest Oregon 2014 entrant at this distance.
After finishing down in eighth place in the 2012 final, Kenya’s Moses Mukono has his experience at this level to fall back on. On paper, he is more than 10 seconds quicker than his nearest rival in Eugene after running 13:19.26 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in May.
On a night of pulsating action at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco’s Stade Louis II, once again the men’s high jump took centre stage on Friday (18).
IAAF President Lamine Diack will be one of two recipients of the 2014 Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Merit Awards, the organisation announced on Friday.
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.
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.