When you’re as fast as this, who needs a good start? De’Jour Russell may have reacted casually to the gun in the boys’ 110m hurdles final, but such was the Jamaican’s supremacy it proved irrelevant, the 17-year-old star powering away from his rivals to take gold in 13.04, a championship record.
Jamaica currently has the undisputed king of the 110m hurdles at senior level in the shape of Omar McLeod, and the scenario is the same at U18 level with De’Jour Russell an overwhelming favourite to take this title.
Christopher Taylor booked his ticket to IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 with a workmanlike victory in the men’s 400m at the Jamaica Junior Championships in Kingston, which came to a close on Sunday (19).
In what was a wide-open, mistake-laden race, it was France’s Matteo Ngo who kept his head when many around him were losing theirs and took victory in a blanket finish in the boys’ 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 on Friday night (17), running a personal best of 13.53 right when he needed it most.
World youth leader Mpho Tladi will hope to bring the 110m hurdles title back to South Africa, a feat first accomplished by countryman Andreis van der Merwe four years ago in Lille.
The IAAF World Challenge moves on to Beijing for the fifth leg of the 2013 series on Tuesday, and the second Asian stop on the 15-meeting circuit, with the organisers hoping that the success of long jumper Li Jinzhe at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai at the weekend will bring in the crowds on Tuesday (21).