Day 4 Evening Review: 2016 IAAF U20 World Champs - 2 Golds, 1 Silver

by Jim Spier
2016 IAAF U20 Championships – Day 4 evening session summary


WOMEN’S 4x100m Round 1

Heat 1 was a study in attrition.  Of the six teams entered, one didn’t start, two didn’t finish and one (Jamaica) was disqualified.  Only two got times:  Spain (45.10) and Ecuador (46.20).   Ecuador had the slowest time of any team of the three heats and still qualified.  In heat 2, the U.S. struggled with the handoff between Kaylor Harris (Horn, Mesquite, TX) and anchor Candace Hill (Asics) (Lynna Irby – Pike, Indianapolis,IN and Tia Jones - Walton, Marietta, GA) were the first two legs).  They finished well back from France, but still had the second best time overall (44.31 to France’s 43.82).

MEN’S 4x100m Round 1

The U.S. had shaky handoffs and, were it not for a magnificent anchor by Noah Lyles (TC Williams, Alexandria, VA), they may not have qualified.   As it was, they did not even get the automatic qualifier though finished fourth overall with 39.70.   The team was Amere Lattin (Houston), Hakim Montgomery (Troy State U), Brandon Taylor (Clearbrook, Friendswood, TX) and Lyles.  Japan had the fastest qualifier at 39.53.


Darius Carbin is such a big meet performer.  He does his best the bigger the meet is.  He cleared 7-01.75 on his second attempt, 7-03 on his first, 7-03.75 on his third attempt (a lifetime best), then 7-04.5 (=8 all-time high school) on his third attempt as well!  He finished second to Luis Zayas (Cuba), who cleared 7-05.  It is the fourth medal ever by a U.S. athlete in this event.  One gold (Andra Manson) and three silver.


Kaylee Hinton (Texas Tech) finished with 5349 points, a one point PR!  But we’ll take it.  Emma Fitzgerald could have used that point.  She needed 2:25.18 in the 800m to get the high school record and ran 2:25.23, missing Kendell Williams’ record of 5578 by 1 point.  However she did get the high school senior class record, also held by Williams (5572).  It is #7 all-time US Junior and the #2 all-time high school mark, certainly an outstanding achievement.  She finished 8th overall.

Leading results

1. Sarah Lagger  Austria  5960
2. Adrianna Rodriguez Cuba  5925
3. Hanne Maudens Belgium 5881
8. Emma Fitzgerald USA  5577
16. Kaylee Hinton  USA  5349


France took 1-3 in this event, with U of Florida athlete Yanis David taking the gold.  David was 8th in the NCAA meet in June.  She jumped 21-00.75 to win here.  Bria Matthews (Georgia Tech) was 5th in 20-05.75 and Samiyah Samuels (Cypress Springs, Houston, TX) was 8th (19-11.5).

MEN’S 400m HURDLES Semi-Final

Jaleel Hyde (Jamaica), the favorite, led all qualifiers with his heat 3 win in 49.77, just ahead of Taylor Mc Laughlin (Michigan).  McLaughlin had no problem advancing, finishing as the second qualifier overall with his 50.25.


It was Abdelelah Haroun (Qatar) all the way, winning in 44.81.  Karabo Sibanda (Botswana), who ran 45.10 in the semis, seemed to have second place locked up, but faded down the home stretch.   Will London (Baylor), fourth at the top of the homestretch, mounted a charge and passed Sibanda with 5 meters to spare to get the silver in a lifetime best 45.27.  Kahmari Montgomery (Missouri) was sixth in 46.48.


Anna Cockrell (Providence Day, Charlotte, NC) ran a flawless race and won in 55.20, which would have equaled the high school record had Sydney Mc Laughlin not broken it earlier this year.  Nonetheless, it is = #2 all-time, equal to Leslie Maxie’s 1984 mark.  It is =#4 all-time US Junior.  Only Mc Laughlin, Leshinda Demus and Shamier Little have run faster. 

WOMEN’S 200m Semi-Final

Taylor Bennett (Baylor) qualified on time, running 23.49.  The leading qualifier was Edidong Odiong of Bahrain at 23.19.


The Europeans dominated this event, as usual.  Bence Halasz of Hungary was the winner with a best of 265-06.  Adam Kelly (Princeton) threw 240-00, a personal best by 6”, for 8th and Robert Colantonio (Barrington) was 12th at 227-01.


Michael Norman (Vista Murietta, Murietta Valley, CA) was dominant after cruising through two rounds, setting the meet record in 20.17, just .03 off his PR.  Second was Tlotliso Leotlela (South Africa), back by .42 seconds.

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