Rising Jamaican speedster Dexter Lee confirmed his position as one of the best junior sprinters in the world, with a determined gold-medal run in the 100m finals at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada last night.
In the process, the former Herbert Morrison Technical star also sprinted his way into the history books, becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back 100m titles at the Championships, posting 10.21 to win ahead of USA's Charles Silmon, 10.23, and France's Jimmy Vicaut, 10.28, in a nail-biting finish.
Lee's success was one of the few positives for the Jamaican camp, during a day that saw little success for the islanders.
Besides Lee and female 400-metres runner, Jody Ann Muir, every other athlete wearing the Jamaican colours, failed to make a mark or advanced to the next round in their events.
Failed to continue
Taking the track first yesterday morning were 400m male hurdlers Javarn Gallimore and Nolan Williams in the preliminary round of their events. Competing in heat number one, Gallimore who collided in hurdle three with his right knee never recovered, as he finished sixth in 55.99.
Two heats later, Williams who went out very fast in the early stage failed to continue that momentum in the end as he finished sixth in 54.67.
In her final individual event at the junior level, the outstanding 800m runner, Natoya Goule who dropped out at the preliminary round of the event two years ago in Poland was determined to go all the way to the final this time, as she was drawn in semi-final two of three semi-finals.
Changing her tactics this time around, unlike her preliminary run the day before where she went out too hard, Goule ran a more conservative race as she just stayed behind the top two for most of the way as she finished fourth in an improved 2:05.07 to be the 10th overall in the event; just failing to make the final as one of the best losers.
In the final track event in the morning session, NCAA 400m finalist, Muir showed a lot of maturity, as she ran well to finish a close third in her semi-final in 53.20 to be the best third-place finisher overall to book her ticket for today's final. Teammate Jeneive Russell failed to advance, as she finished in seventh place in the last semi-final with a time of 55.16.
The Caribbean will be well represented in today's final as the British Virgin Island's Chantel Malone won her semi-final in 53.37 while the Bahamas' Shaunae Miller, who produced the fastest time of the meet in her preliminary round, was second in her semi-final in 53.21.
In the only field event involving Jamaicans yesterday morning, both Chad Wright and Ashinia Miller failed to advance in the Shot Put as Wright, 18.33m, finished seventh in his group while teammate Miller, 17.44m, finished ninth in his.
Both Deandra Whitehorne and Siedatha Palmer dropped out at the semi-final stage in the Girl's 100m. Whitehorne was sixth in semi-final one in 12.03 and Palmer was fifth in semi-final two in 11.93.