Junior record for Carolina Kluft
David Martin (PA) for the IAAF
20 July 2002 - Sweden's Caroline Kluft defended
her World Junior Championships heptathlon title in the best possible style of
any great champion when smashing the world record in Kingston.
In the final contest of
the seven events competition, Kluft was set a target of running 2:13.88 or
quicker to break the 1983 mark of 6465 points achieved by East German Sybille
Thiel when winning the European junior title in Schwechat.
After a stunning
competition where she set two personal best performances on each day, Kluft rose
brilliantly to what was a tough challenge. Hitting the front almost immediately
she covered the first lap in 65.45.
Then racing against the
clock, this year's European Indoors senior bronze medallist, made history when
crossing the finishing line in 2:13.55 and amassing the new record score of 6470
points. Second with a score of 5727pts was Kazakhstan's Olga Alekseyeva with
Russia's Olga Levenkova third on 5712 points.
Kluft who started the
Championships with a personal best tally of 6274 points, worked tirelessly in
both sessions. After achieving personal bests for the 100m hurdles, high jump -
with a national junior record of 1.92m on day one, she excelled again in the
javelin and more importantly, the 800m.
Her incredible victory
in the harsh heat and humidity, saw Kluft follow in the footsteps of Svetla
Dimitrova. The Bulgarian won the first two championship crowns beginning in
Kruft insisted she
hadn't planned attacking the world record. "I didn't know anything about it
until after the first day. I came here to take the gold medal and improve my
Admitting she was
nervous before tackling the vital two track circuits, Kruft said: "I just wanted
the crowd to help me do it. I'm very good when people scream at me and make lots
Ten years after Haile
Gebrselassie won the World Junior 10000 metres title - after being punched in
the back by a disillusioned rival in the finishing straight - there was another
authorative Ethiopian victory.
After winning this
year's World junior cross country title, no one doubted, as is the tradition,
much more would be heard of Gebre-egziabhe Gebremariam, another awesome
In a style reminiscent
of the great "Emperor Haile" himself, Gebremariam - who only once and very
briefly put his nose at the front of the field with four laps remaining - won a
second global gold medal with a searing sprint finish, in 29:02.71.
The 10,000m debutant
and his team mate Sileshi Sihine, waited until the final circuit before
destroying the challenge of Solomon Busiendigh who had for almost the final 3000
metres, towed them around their 25 laps encounter.
First Sihine hit
Busiendigh with a hurtful burst which silenced any hopes of a third successive
Kenyan win. Then he himself had nothing left in the tank when his more able
colleague burst for the finishing line at the beginning of the final straight.
Sihine finished in
29:03.74 with Busiendigh clocking 29:05.96 - good running in the intense heat
and humidity of Jamaica's National Stadium. Tonight belonged to Ethiopia. But
after nine championships, Kenya still lead by a score of 5-4.
Earlier there had been
success for Kenya. The two fastest men in the race, Michael Kipyego and David
Kirwa easily achievd a one-two in the 3000m steeplechase after shaking off the
challenge of Abubaker Ali Kamal around the last lap.
Kipyego won easily from
his team mate in 8:29.54. Kirwa clocked 8:31.44 ahead of Kamal who, if not
virtually stopping when misjudging the last barrier, would have ran an even
faster Qatar record of 8:33.67.
repeated her hammer victory of two years ago in Santiago de Chile. The Croatian
raised her championship record by almost three metres to 65.39m. Second was this
year's world leader Martina Danislova of Slovakia who threw 63.91m. The bronze
medal was claimed by Russia's Yuliya Rozenfeld wit a personal best 60.83m.
Blanka Vlasic defended
her title in great style. The Croatian lifted her world leading junior mark for
this year by two centimetres to 1.96m. In a low key event the silver medal was
claimed by Poland's Anna Ksok who jumped 1.87m beating the Australian Petrina
Price on countback.
There was an Oceania
record for shot put winner Valerie Adams. The New Zealander claimed the gold
medal with her opening throw of 17.73m. Ying Zhang of China and Laura Gerraughty
from the US were second and third with bests of 16.76m and 16.62m.
Thre triple jump was
won by David Giralt. The Cuban's winning jump of 16.68m came in the second
round. Runner-up was China's Li Yanxi only two centimetres behind with a
personal best. The bronze medal went to Russia's Aleksandr Sergeyev who cleared
Sunday night's 4x100m
relays promise to be superb races. In the men's the United States produced the
fastest time of the semi finals running a world leader of 39.18.
The previous best of
39.95 had already been beaten in the first race. Jamaica held off Trinidad and
Tobago both Caribbean nations setting national records of 39.38 and 39.50.
Brazil also made
progress with a South American record time of 39.75 with Germany producing their
fastest this year with a 39.85.
The women's races
contests were equally impressive. Three times gold medallists Jamaica ran a
world leading 43.85. Then there was also a slick performance from the US
quartet, winner of their heat in 43.92.