Day six report: Williams and Martinez set championship records – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

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Championship records from US hurdler Kendell Williams and Cuban triple jumper Lazaro Martinez provided the highlights of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on Sunday (27).

Williams overhauled her compatriot Dior Hall off the last barrier of a thrilling race to win the 100m hurdles in a championship record of 12.89, equalling the fifth-fastest junior time ever and just 0.05 away from the world junior record of 12.84, which has been on the books since 1987 in the name of Cuba’s Aliuska Lopez.

Hall had a superb start and led for nine of the 10 hurdles but had to settle for second, albeit in a PB of 12.92.

Martinez, amazingly still only 16 but already a seasoned veteran in some respects after three appearances in the IAAF Diamond League this summer, confirmed his pre-competition status as the favourite and reinforced his country’s excellence in the triple jump.

Day five report: Friday helps make Saturday special for the USA – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

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Triumph and tragedy has seemed to accompany the USA senior 4x100m teams in equal amounts in recent years but their junior counterparts showed their elders how to slickly pass the baton with two superb wins at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on Saturday (26).

The men take pride of place by virtue of crossing the line in 38.70, the third-fastest junior performance in history, only bettered by their compatriots at the 2004 and 2012 championships.

Jalen Miller produced a sold first leg and handed off to 100m silver medallist Trayvon Bromell, who ran a terrific back straight to give the USA the edge over an inspired Japan.

Kendal Williams, the 100m winner, had a slightly ragged bend but still handed over in the lead to 200m gold medallist Trentavis Friday who showed he could shine on Saturday as well after his feats the preceding night with a storming last leg that took his team clear of their Japanese rivals.

Day four report: TGI Friday for sprint fans – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

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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.

Friday sped around the curve and clocked the stunning time of 20.04; the fastest time ever seen for what the locals in Eugene like to call the furlong. He was only deprived a championship record – which still belongs to Italy’s Andrew Howe at 20.28 from 2004 – thanks to a slightly over-the-limit following wind of 2.3m/s.

However, a rough calculation suggests that if the wind had eased just a little, then Howe would no longer be the record holder.

Day three report: Ooh la la, Belocian becomes the first junior hurdler under 13 seconds – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

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Wilhem Belocian carried on the French tradition of producing outstanding hurdlers – think Guy Drut, Ladji Doucoure and the number one man in the world at the moment Pascal Martinot-Lagarde – when he became the first junior athlete to run the 110m hurdles faster than 13 seconds with a world junior record of 12.99.

Belocian’s time over the 99cm barriers meant that world junior records (subject to ratification) have been set on successive days at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, after the 10,000m race walk standard was improved by Czech Republic’s Anezka Drahotova on Tuesday.

The European junior champion stormed out of the blocks first and the teenage talent steadily increased his lead with a seamless run over the 10 hurdles, with a 0.5m/s tailwind.

Belocian had talked about setting a world junior record from the start of the year and had clocked a European junior record of 13.15 recently but his margin of improvement over the previous world record of 13.14, set by the USA’s Eddie Lovett in 2011, was still jaw-dropping.

World champions top the bill in Bogota

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World half-marathon champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono will be targeting victories at the Bogota International Half-Marathon this weekend - World half-marathon champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono will be aiming for high-profile victories in the 15th edition of the Bogota International Half-Marathon - just one of two races in South America to hold IAAF Gold Label status - on 27 July.

Kamworor, who set a world-leading mark of 59:08 to win the world half-marathon title in Copenhagen this spring, won’t approach this mark in the Colombian capital, which sits at an altitude of 2640 metres. In fact, his winning time last year was almost five minutes slower than his world-leading mark at 63:46.

The front-running Kenyan will be aiming to become just the second runner to defend this title. He faces a field including Nguse Tesfaldet, who finished fifth in the world half; 59:19 performer Tilahun Regassa from Ethiopia; and Kamworor’s team-mate Dickson Chumba. 

Fresh Off American Record, Huddle Headlines USA 7 Mile Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off her American 5,000m record of 14:42.64 a week ago in Monaco, Molly Huddle looks to take home another national championship Saturday at the USA 7 Mile Championships in Davenport, Iowa, hosted by the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

The USA 7 Mile Championships are the eighth stop on the 2014 USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Huddle leads the women’s field, while having a career year. The 2012 Olympian set personal bests on the track this season over the mile, 5,000m and 10,000m distances, while running sub-1:10 in the half marathon back in March. Her consistency, front running tenacity and growing confidence makes Huddle the favorite heading into Saturday’s race.