BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Eight finals are on the schedule for the evening session on Day 3 at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 on Thursday.
The women’s pole vault, women’s discus throw, men’s triple jump, women’s 100m, 400m and 800, as well as the men’s 110m Hurdles and 1500m, are the finals slated for the third day.
EXCITING 200M SEMIS SLATED
Action on the track in the evening session will begin with the semi-finals of the women’s 100m, with strong medal contenders Imani-Lara Lansiquot of Great Britain, USA’s Candace Hill, Khalifa St Fort of Trinidad and Tobago and Poland’s Ewa Swoboda will all be on show
In fact, we will get an early taste of some fireworks in the semi-finals, with Hill and Fort both drawn together in the second heat of the semis.
Lansiquot will race in the first semi-final, while Swoboda, who ran a wind-aided 11.10 in the heats on Wednesday, will go in the third semi-final.
The top two finishers in each heat, plus two fastest losers will qualify for the final.
That will be followed by the men’s 200m semi-finals where the likes of Clarence Munyai and Tlotliso Leotlela of South Africa, the two fastest qualifiers from the morning session, Michael Norman JR of USA and Nigel Ellis of Jamaica will lead the hunt for spots in the medal race.
THE MEDALS HUNT BEGIN
Meanwhile, the battle for the gold medal in the women’s 400m is expected to be led by the impressive Tiffany James and Junelle Bromfield of Jamaica, as well as Jessica Thornton of Australia and USA’s Lynna Irby.
James looked good in the heats and semi-finals and should be considered the favourite for the gold on current form.
She said he aim coming into the IAAF World U20 Championships was the run a personal best and finish on the podium. The Jamaica young quarter-final who ran a career best 51.77 in the semi-fnals, has already accomplished on.
“I am elated,” James said when asked about her semis time. “I had two aims, a personal best and being on the podium.
“I’ve achieved one [and is] now looking towards the next one.”
Samantha Watson and Aaliyah Miller will be hoping for a 1-2 finish in the women’s 800m final, while Kenyans Kumari Taki and Anthony Kiptoo will hope to do the same in the men’s 1500m, but watch out for Frenchman Baptiste Mischler in that event as well.
An interesting battle is expected to come in the men’s 110m hurdles, where Americans Amere Lattin and Marcus Krah will try to fend off the likes of Jamaica’s De’Jour Russell, who ran a world U20 lead of 13.20 seconds in the semis and Japan’s Takumu Furuya, for the top places.
In field events, Cubans Cristian Napoles and Lázaro Martinez will hunt the gold and silver medals in the men’s triple jump competition.
Day 3 World U20 Championships Evening Schedule
LOCAL AND EST TIMES SEX EVENT
18:00 12:00 W Shot Put Heptathlon
18:05 12:05 W 100 Metres Semi-Final
18:25 12:25 W Pole Vault Final
18:30 12:30 M 200 Metres Semi-Final
18:50 12:50 W Discus Throw Final
18:55 12:55 W 400 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final
19:20 13:20 W 200 Metres Heptathlon
19:45 13:45 M 400 Metres Semi-Final
20:10 14:10 M Triple Jump Final
20:15 14:15 W 400 Metres Final
20:25 14:25 M 1500 Metres Final
20:45 14:45 W 800 Metres Final
21:00 15:00 M 110m Hurdles (99.0cm) Final
21:20 15:20 W 100 Metres Final