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Cape schoolboy Poole wins gold at U18 world champs!

15 Julio 2017
Cape schoolboy Poole wins gold at U18 world champs!

"We must secure gold and silver, we have the technique to handle the Ethiopians", said Kipkemoi after his qualification victory.

It was Jamaica's second bronze after Tyreke Wilson in the boys' 100m a day earlier.Jamaica are now in 12th position in the medals table. Ukraine's Vasyl Makukh was second in 21.62.

South Africa's sprint prodigies Tshenolo Lemao and Retshidisitswe Mlenga coasted through the opening round of the boys 200m event on Friday, keeping their hopes alive for another double medal charge at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

All three Jamaicans are into the 400m finals for boys and girls, while Owayne Owens will line up in the men's triple jump final and Janique Burger will take part in the high jump which is a straight final.

The Trinity Track Club runner moved into the finals but finished 8th in 14.62 seconds.

The 17-year-old Russell easily won his first-round heat, beating Denvaughn Whymns of The Bahamas, who ran a personal best 13.56 seconds.

In the Boys 2000m steeplechase heats, Robert de Villiers finished sixth in his race in 5:59.82 to qualify for the final on Sunday.

Cuban Javier Sotomayor's incredible Under-18 world record of 2.33m was out of reach, but Poole took aim at Jacques Freitag's South African and African mark of 2.25m by setting the bar at 2.27m.

Watson posted a personal best 46.59 to win ahead of Guyanese Daniel Williams, 46.72, and Turks and Caicos' Colby Jennings, 46.77. They both progressed to Saturday's semi-finals.

Already, Kenya is interested in hosting the IAAF World U20 and World championships based on the success of the current event in the country. That was fastest enough to snag the last qualifying spot for the semifinals.