15 JUL 2007 General News

Boys 200m Final

There were no surprises in the Boys 200m where the three fastest sprinters of the year finished in the same order in this afternoon’s final.

A 20.67 clocking was enough for Jamaica’s Ramone McKenzie to prevail over Ramil Guliyev who won Azerbaijan’s first medal in the history of the World Youth Championships as he came second in 20.72.

Running in lane four McKenzie had a fair start and maintained a couple of metres lead heading into the last 100 metres. Gulieyev tried to close the gap but McKenzie looked safely in control and delivered the expected gold medal.

Nickel Ashmeade made it a one-three for the green and yellow colours of Jamaica clocking a new personal best 20.76 for bronze.

There were two more PBs in this final with Hiroyuki Kubota of Japan clocking 21.07 for fourth and Christophe Lemaitre 21.15 for fifth.

For only the second time in the history of these Championships the USA remained medalless as Kenneth Gilstrap was sixth in 21.63.

LA