South Africa: SA On the Medal Hunt at IAAF U18 Championships

Silinda Morales in the discus at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017

Silinda Morales in the discus at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017

His time was fifth fastest overall in the semifinals.

The 17-year-old Russell easily won his first-round heat, beating Denvaughn Whymns of The Bahamas, who ran a personal best 13.56 seconds.

The Trinity Track Club runner moved into the finals but finished 8th in 14.62 seconds.

The world is finally at the home of athletics.

Gayane Chiloyan of Armenia was the race winner dipping in 24.64 seconds her season best time.

Germany lead with three medals, two gold and a bronze, taking over from South Africa (one gold, two silver and a bronze) who led after the first day with China in third with a gold, a silver and two bronze.

Jamaica's Antonio Watson (46.59s) crossed the line in pole position while Colby Jennings of the Turks and Caicos completed the podium in 46.77s.

Faith Kipsang in the high jump at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017
14 JUL 2017 Faith Kipsang in the high jump at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017

In heat two, Lorraine Martins (23.90) of Brazil won the race while German's Talea Prepens (23.93) won heat three.

Ukraine's Vladyslav Lavskyy also set a new PB of 2.11m to take the bronze.

Russell broke the record 13.13 seconds (-1.1m/s) set by fellow Jamaicans Jaheel Hyde in Donetsk, Ukraine, on July 12, 2013, almost four years to the day.

South Africa's sprint prodigies Tshenolo Lemao and Retshidisitswe Mlenga coasted through the opening round of the boys 200m event on Friday, keeping their hopes alive for another double medal charge at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Meanwhile, Gloria Mulei did Kenya proud by booking a berth into the girl's triple jump final scheduled for this evening.

She got off to her usual slow start, but caught the field after about 40 metres, and at the point where she would turn on the speed, she seemed to struggle at about 85 metres and appeared to start limping as she closed in on the leaders.

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