An impressive winner of yesterday’s semifinal 18-year-old Artur Noga of Poland was an overwhelming winner in the men’s 110m Hurdles final, the first track event of the day.
Noga improved on the Polish National Junior record for the second time in these championships to outclass the rest of the field in a new Championships record of 13.23.
"I felt fantastic. I didn't think I could break the record again, because the wind was blowing behind me and I am very tall. This is a big disadvantage for me," said an ecstatic winner.
"I will come back again in two years to beat Liu Xiang in the Olympics!"
With the height of the men’s junior hurdles having been lowered to 99cm many national records were set in Beijing with no fewer than four falling in the final.
In second Samuel Coco-Viloin lowered the French standard to 13.35 with Greece’s Konstadinos Douvalidis coming in third in yet another national record of 13.39.
After Douvalidis’ false start, Noga set off to a blasting start and was away from the rest of the field as early as the third barrier was cleared. Despite a technical mistake over the fifth hurdle, Noga maintained his composure and secured his country’s first gold medal of these championships.
It was a much closer race for second as Douvalidis was leading coming off the last barrier but couldn’t counter Coco-Viloin’s finish in the run-in.
It was both France’s and Greece’s first medal of the championships and while the hurdles are now lower, Coco-Viloin replaced none other than World champion Ladji Doucouré on the list of French Junior record holder.
In fourth, Vladimir Zhoukov set a Russian Junior record of 13.53.