Estonia’s Marek Niit, the national indoor champion and winner of his semi-final heat yesterday, won an amazing third gold medal for his country as he was awarded with the men’s 200m World Junior title here in Beijing.
The race was in fact won by Dmytro Ostrovsky who stopped the clock at a would-be personal best time of 20.89 but the Ukrainian was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane (IAAF Rule 163.3).
Niit, who crossed the line in second position setting a new national record of 20.96 was promoted to first while Brian Barnett of Canada an impressive winner in the semi-final and national junior champion was promoted from his original bronze medal finish to silver.
Alexander Nelson of Great Britain, World Youth silver medallist at 100m last year in Marrakech was presented with the bronze medal finishing in 21.14, three hundredths of a second ahead of the second Ukrainian in the race Ihor Bodrov.
Amazingly, Estonia had never won a World Junior medal in the history of these championships and in the space of three days here in Beijing won three gold medals.
Niit becomes the fourth European to win the World Junior 200m title.
"This was my best race ever, I got a PB and a National record. I didn't expect it. My goal was just to run in the final."
There was another disqualification in this final, that of Matteo Galvan of Italy, a bronze medallist in Marrakesh, but this didn’t affect the medals.