Tuesday Evening at World Juniors

by Joy Kamani

Mens 10000m Final

How about a 14:12 5k opener followed by a 13:41 5k? That;s what Dennis Masai (Kenya) did! It was a very slow opening 1k, about 2:59. After about 6 laps, a pack of East Africans broke away (sort of the usual scenario) from the rest. Masai dropped his teammate Paul Lonyangata after about 15 laps and Ethiopian Gebretsadik Abraha after about 22. It was then Masai against the clock. He lapped all but his teammate and Abraha. Parker Stinson (Cedar Park, TX) ran an amazing race, finishing sixth in 29:32.23, number 6 all-time for an American high schooler. His prior pb was 30:56.10! In all, 11 runners broke 30 minutes. Graham Bazell (US) ran faster (30:59.57) than he did at the USATF Juniors, but finished well back in 16th.

Parker Stinson

Dennis Masai leads the pack early in the race

Womens Shot Put Final

Geisa Arcanjo of Brazil held off world Leader Qianqian Meng (China), wining in 55-10.25. Brittany Smith (Illinois State) had a decent opening throw (50-9.25) but did not improve on that, ultimately finishing in 7th.

Womens Discus Qualifying

Group A — Yaime Perez of Cuba got the only automatic qualifier in this group, throwing 176-10. Alyssa Hasslen (Arizona) threw 160-5, well off her 171-3 best to finish 8th. It's unlikely that she'll advance. Group B — Erin Pendleton (Michigan) got a big mark in the second round, throwing 169-9 to finish second overall. She'll advance to the final.

Womens 100m Qualifying (6 heats: First 3 in each heat and the next 6 fastest advance to the Semi-Finals)

Heat 1 — Leena Gunter (Germany) won easily in 11.50. Heat 2 — Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth, Oakland, CA) behind Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue of France for the first 70 meters but came on strong in the last 30 meters to win in 11.73, .05 faster than Ombissa-Dzangue in second.

Heat 3 — Takeia Pinckney (LSU) looked strong in her win, running the fastest time so far (11.48). Barbara Leonicio of Brazil was second in 11.67.

Heat 4 — An easy run for Tatjana Pinto of Germany, winning in 11.63. Heat 5 — 2009 World Youth Champion Jodie Williams (Great Britain) ran relaxed from lane 1 winning easily in 11.53. She had the fastest start of the field (.154 reaction time). Heat 6 — Jamile Samuel (Netherlands), coming in with a best of 11.44, ran 11.57 to win by .23.

Mens Long Jump Qualifying

Group A — Justin Hunter (Ocean Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA) got a big mark on his first jump (25-0.75). He would need to jump no further to qualify, finishing second in his group. Eusebio Caceres of Spain led the qualifiers with a jump of 25-3.25.

Group B — It was a great competition in this group, with only one inch separating places 1 and 4. The leader is Luvo Manyounga of South Africa, jumping 25-5.5. Carlton Lavong (Methacton, Norristown, PA) did not have a good day, managing only 23-5.25 to finish 15th and not advance.

Mens 400m Round 1 (6 heats: First 3 in each heat and the next 6 fastest advance to the Semi-Finals).

Heat 1 — A bit of surprise here where the two favorites, Omar Longart of Venezuela (46.09 pb) and Jacques de Swardt of South Africa (46.08 pb) did not win. It was Mateusz Formanski of Poland, with a prior pb of 47.04 winning in 46.75 from lane 1. Heat 2- We were anxious to see Bonggo Park of Korea. He had a best of 45.63 and looked to be the class of the field. He led for 200 meters but the field then began to catch up. He finished third in 47.46, with Marco Kaiser of Germany the winner in 47.06. Heat 3 — A very easy win for Marcell Deak Nagy of Hungary with an effortless 47.31 win. He comes in with a 46.03 best. Heat 4 — Josh Mance (Chino Hills, CA) was stuck in lane 8. He went out hard for 200 meters and then relaxed. The long striding USC-bound quarter miler strided in for the win, an easy 47.29 for him.

Heat 5 — 2009 World Youth and 2010 NCAA Champion Kirani James (Grenada) strolled to an easy 47.12 win. Still 17 years old, he expended very little energy in his win.

Heat 6 — Errol Nolan (Houston), smooth as he can be, ran the fastest time of the qualifying round in 46.67. Canada favorite Alistair Moona was second in 47.22

Womens 100m Hurdles Qualifying (4 heats: First 3 in each heat and the next 4 fastest advance to the Semi-Finals).

Heat 1- Donique Flemings (Texas A+M) got the poorest start of the field (.216 reaction time). She did not look good over the first 5 hurdles but steadily gained momentum to win in 13.50 (+1.3).

Heat 2 — Evonne Britton (Penn State), out in lane 8, noticed that she was about fourth halfway through the race. She seemed to change gears but could not get the win, though she did qualify for the next round automatically. She was second to Nooralotta Neziri of Finland, 13.54 to 13.57.

Heat 3 — Jenna Pletsch of Germany looks to be the one to beat, winning this heat with relative ease in 13.37 (she has a best of 13.32). Heat 4 — The other German entrant, Miriam Hehl, looked very good, winning easily in 13.49. It appears that the Americans and the Germans will be battling for the medals.

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