14 JUL 2005 Report

Event Report - Boys' Octathlon

A final burst in the last 200 metres of the 1000 metres was enough to confirm the lead of Yordani Garcia in the boys Octathlon and clinch a new world youth best for this eight event trial for the multi-talented 16-year old Cuban.

This boy is something special, towering over many of his fellow competitors, he opened his competition slowly with an 11th place in the 100 metres, worth 808 points for his time of 11.24, moved up into sixth place with 6.86 in the Long Jump (781 points), threw 16.39 in the Shot Put (875 points) to move up to third place in the overall standing; earned 753 points in the 400 metres with 51.35, holding on to third place and staying behind the leaders, Brazialian Cleiton Sabino and Mathias Prey for these last three events.

Then Garcia overtook Prey with an excellent 1.95 metres high jump, leaving Sabino with just 25 points advantage before the last two events of the competition, the Javelin Throw and the 1000 metres.

The Javelin proved decisive, with Garcia throwing a massive 65.76 metres, worth 825 points, ahead of Prey with 58.09 for 709 points, giving the Cuban a lead of 190 points, as Sabino followed a weak high jump with a sub-par Javelin and dropped back into third position.

Marginally faster of the three in the 1000 metres, Garcia consolidated his lead over Prey to a round 200 points, with a new World Youth Best of 6482, with Sabino finishing his competition with 6218 points.