Golden run! Todd wins 100m at WYC
Another day, another Jamaican world youth champion.
Odail Todd secured Jamaica's second gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships (WYC) here, sprinting to a personal-best 10.51 seconds in the 100m final in front of an appreciative crowd inside the Stadium Lille Metropole.
Todd powered out of the blocks and held off the challenge of two or three competitors in the middle of the race to win by the slimmest of margins, and continues Jamaica's dominance of global sprinting, joining Dexter Lee and Veronica Campbell-Brown as the country's WYC 100m gold medallists.
"It's an amazing feeling. I am extremely happy to have come here and achieve this and make Jamaica proud. This means a lot to me, I never doubted myself and I am happy to come here and leave the champion," Todd beamed after his victory, proud to have proved his worth after the late withdrawals of the fancied Jazeel Murphy and Odean Skeen. He will now turn his attention to the 200m which starts this morning.
The exploit by the man from Green Island High was the highlight of a mixed day for the Jamaicans, after pre-meet favourite Christania Williams surrendered her mid-race advantage and had to settle in the end for a bronze medal in the girls equivalent, with a time of 11.63.
Jamaica's medal count has now ticked over to three medals after two days of competition - two gold, one bronze
"I am very disappointed, I don't know what happened in the race," said a stunned Williams, moments after stepping off the track.
There was disappointment for sprint hurdlers Chrisdale McCarthy and Megan Simmonds in the girls' 100m hurdles, after the pair finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the finals. McCarthy recorded a personal best of 13.55 seconds while Simmonds could only manage 13.78 seconds in the event that was won by American Trinity Wilson in a world youth leading 13.11 seconds, with Switzerland's Noemi Zbaren 13.17 and Kendell Williams (USA) 13.28 seconds.
Clive Pullen finished out of the medal positions in the boys' long jump final, with a best distance of 7.19m, good enough for ninth place. The event was won by China's Qin Lin with 7.83m.
In girls' 400m semi-final action, Chrisann Gordon advanced to the finals with the fastest time, 52.79, after winning her semi-final with effort to spare, while compatriot Olivia James was also comfortable in qualifying after her second-place finish in her semi-final with a 53.51 timing.
It was a busy day for hurdler Omar McLeod, who survived a mishap at the top of the 100m stretch where he almost crashed into the hurdle, to qualify for the boys' 400m hurdles final, seven hours after booking a semi-final spot in the 110m hurdles.
McLeod ended up with 51.91 and fourth place in the one-lap hurdles semi to advance as one of the fastest outside the top two automatic qua-lifying spots, after he had ran a personal-best 13.83 seconds for third place in his 110m hurdles heat, an event he could have won had he not clipped the last hurdle.
Tyler Mason is also through to the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles, his 14.08 seconds timing giving him second place in his heat.
Middle-distance pair Simoya Campbell and Marleena Eubanks are both through to the next round of the girls' 800m semi-final after yesterday's opening round.
Eubanks was third in her heat with a time of 2:14.32 seconds while Campbell had to settle for fourth place after her 2:09.62 run.
LILLE, France (CMC):
Selected results from finals on the second day of the IAAF World Youth Championships on Wednesday:
100 metres: 1. O'Dail Todd (JAM) 10.51 seconds (PB), 2. Kazuma Oseto (JPN) 10.52, 3. Michael-Meba Zeze (FRA) 10.57.
Shot put: 1. Jacko Gill (NZL) 24.35 metres (WY), 2. Tyler Schultz (USA) 20.35 (PB), 3. Braheme Days (USA) 20.14 (PB); 8. Hezekiel Romeo (T&T) 18.62.
Long jump: 1. Qing Lin (CHN) 7.83 metres (PB), 2. Johan Taléus (SWE) 7.44, 3. Stefano Braga (ITA) 7.42; 9. Clive Pullen (JAM) 7.19.
100 metres: 1. Jennifer Madu (USA) 11.57 seconds (PB), 2. Myasia Jacobs (USA) 11.61, 3. Christania Williams (JAM) 11.63.
100 metres hurdles: 1. Trinity Wilson (USA) 13.11 seconds [WYL], 2. Noemi ZbSren (SUI) 13.17 [PB], 3. Kendell Williams (USA) 13.28 (PB), 5. Chrisdale McCarthy (JAM) 13.55 (PB), 6. Megan Simmonds (JAM) 13.78.