11 JUL 2013 Report Donetsk, Ukraine

Mo becomes China's first 100m World youth champion in Donetsk

Mo Youxue in the boys' 100m final at the IAAF World Youth Championships 2013 (Getty Images)Mo Youxue in the boys' 100m final at the IAAF World Youth Championships 2013 (Getty Images) © Copyright

Mo Youxue scorched to a 10.35 world youth-leading time in taking a dramatic 100m final from Great Britain’s Ojie Edoburun, who clocked the same time in a nail-biting finish.

The photo finish confirmed that only two thousandths of a second separated Mo (10.346) from Edoburn (10.348).

The 17-year-old Chinese sprinter sprinted clear in the dying yards following a strong start and timed his dip-finish to perfection to clinch his nation’s first ever medal in this event in these championships.

Having clocked 10.44 behind Cuba’s Reynier Mena in the semi-final, Mo narrowly improved Kristoffer Hari’s World youth leading time by two hundredths of a second, as Edoburun too enjoyed setting a lifetime best.

The 17-year-old Edoburun follows a long line of successful British sprinters at this event, with Mark Lewis-Francis winning in the inaugural edition in Bydgoszcz 1999, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey taking gold in Marrakech 2005 and Craig Pickering claiming bronze in Sherbrooke 2003.

Mena, meanwhile, clocked a 10.37 personal best for bronze to claim Cuba’s first medal in this discipline at these championships, as the 16-year-old finished clear of pre-event favourite Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara (10.46) in fourth and Barbados’ Mario Burke (10.51) in fifth, respectively.

Nicola Bamford for the IAAF