IAAF WORLD YOUTH CHAMPS: Gold medal, World Youth Record for Jamaica's Thompson
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter,
Yanique Thompson produced a magical 12.94 in the Girls' 100m hurdles to win Jamaica's first gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships inside the RSC Olympiyskiy, in a day of mixed results for the Jamaicans.
Thompson, produced the fastest time ever recorded by a youth, bettering Adrianna Lamalle's 14-year record of 13.08 and becoming the first youth athlete to dip below 13 seconds in the event.
Rushelle Burton finished fourth in a personal best time of 13.32 with the silver medal going to American Dior Hall in 13.01 with her teammate Mikiah Brisco, 13.29 taking the bronze.
Michael O'Hara and Waseem Williams both finished outside the medals in the Boys' 100m, O'Hara crossing the line in fourth place with a time of 10.46 with Williams finishing seventh in 10.58.
The event was won by China's Youxue Mo, who recorded the same time as silver medal winner Ojie Edoburun, 1.35 with Cuba's Reynier Mena, 10.39 taking the bronze.
Rochelle Frazer could not only managed a best of 14.46m in the Girls' Shot Put final, missing the top eight and a chance to continue an attempt at a medal.
Okeen Williams recorded a world leading 50.53 while his St Elizabeth Technical school-mate Marvin Williams ran his second consecutive personal best, 51.31, as both youngsters won their respective 400m hurdles semi-finals and will line up in Saturday's final.
Martin Manley won his Boys' 400m semi-final in a personal best 46.65 but Devaughn Baker with 46.78 had to endure a nervous wait before before being confirmed as one of the fastest finishers outside of the automatic qualifying spots for tomorrow's final.
In the girls' equivalent, Tiffany James secured her spot with a 53.70 win in her semi-final but Yanique McNeil, who crossed the line in second place in her heat, was later disqualified for lane violation.
The management team decided not to appeal the disqualification after reviewing video.
There was also disappointment for Jamaica in the girls 100m with neither Jonielle Smith or Saqukine Cameron qualifying for the final.
Cameron faded to fourth in her semi-final in 11.83, while Smith could not recover from a poor start and ended up in sixth with a time of 12.01.
Christoffe Bryan made light work of qualifying to Saturday's High Jump final, clearing 2.09m on his first attempt.
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