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After six thrilling days of action, perhaps this was the only appropriate climax.
Amos Kirui kept Kenya’s perfect IAAF World U20 Championships streak in the 3000m Steeplechase alive for the 15th consecutive edition, but his victory didn’t come until after one of the week’s most ferociously entertaining contests on the track.
The USA won an eighth successive 4x400m relay title after a thrilling homestretch battle with Botswana to drop the curtain on the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.
Ukraine’s Yuliya Levchenko led the 2016 world outdoor U20 list with a 1.95m clearance but world U18 champion Michaela Hruba, who already boasts sizeable experience at senior level, produced one of her best jumps of the summer campaign to claim her second global title in as many years.
Ethiopia claimed gold and silver for the second championships in a row with Adanech Anbesa and Fantu Worku outpacing the six runners who remained in title contention with 200 metres remaining.
It was predicted to be one of the highest-quality races of the championships, and so it proved.
As expected, Kenya produced a second consecutive 1-2 finish in the 800m, with Kipyegon Bett prevailing over Willy Tarbei in 1:44.95.
In his very first throw of the competition, Mohamed Ibrahim Moaaz of Qatar effectively ended the men’s discus final as a contest, unleashing a whopping throw of 63.63m to take command of the lead, a position he never relinquished.
Youth Olympic champion Yanis David went to Bydgoszcz as one of the favourites for the triple jump title. She will leave the Polish city as the world U20 long jump champion.
Can any event on the athletics programme boast such diverse global representation as the men’s javelin?
Few expected the US women to be challenged in Saturday evening’s 4x100m final, given that they had won this title at the past six editions of these championships and were sending a formidable quartet into action for the 2016 edition.
USA’s Deakin Volz didn’t just surpass his lifetime best during the men’s pole vault final on Saturday evening (23); he obliterated it. The 19-year-old first soared over 5.60m to take the gold medal, then flew higher still with a PB of 5.65m, adding 20 centimetres to his previous outdoor best.