The form guide pointed to a Jamaican one-two in the 110m hurdles and that pre-championships premonition played out in the final at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018.
World U18 champion De'Jour Russell's rise through the ranks is such that he made the Jamaican senior team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, making the final just days after celebrating his 18th birthday.
Entering a competition as a favourite is one thing, but leaving with the title of world champion is another. Just ask Marcus Krah, who admirably shouldered that pressure en route to a convincing victory in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.
Living up admirably to his role as pre-meet favourite, Marcus Krah of the US produced a confident run to capture the 110m hurdles title, clocking 13.25.
With the two fastest performances of the season to his credit, US junior champion Marcus Krah will start as the man to beat.
A clutch of outstanding sprint performances highlighted the US Junior Championships, which concluded on Sunday (26) after three days of action in Clovis, California.
Who would have thought that without Chinese hurdling hero Liu Xiang present – not even for a farewell appearance – the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai would produce such a dramatic 110m hurdles? But that’s exactly what happened at the night-time meeting on Saturday (14).
Kendell Williams and Dior Hall ran the fastest times in the history of the event at the IAAF World Junior Championships to win gold and silver for the USA for the first time ever.
French hurdler Wilhem Belocian ended a dream junior career on the highest possible note by becoming the first teenager to break the 13-second barrier.
Wilhem Belocian of France became the first junior athlete to ever run the 110m hurdles faster than 13 seconds when he clocked 12.99 over the 99cm barriers to produce the second world junior record of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014.
Four members of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland heading for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships were presented to the media on Sunday (13) and the potential medal prospects at Oregon 2014 took the opportunity to expand on their hopes and ambitions in Eugene.