Tyreke Wilson, winner of the class-3 100m at the Boys and Girls Championships in Jamaica (© Jean-Pierre Durand)
It’s no surprise that Jamaica appears to hold all the aces once again in this race, with their fastest entrant, Tyreke Wilson, the fastest in the field with a personal best of 10.34.
The 17-year-old was a third-place finisher at the Carifta Games earlier this year in 10.69. However he hacked a major chunk off his personal best at the Jamaican U18 Championships last month to clock 10.34 (1.0m/s), a run which should be good enough for gold if he can repeat it in Nairobi.
He will face a strong challenge from his African rivals, particularly in the shape of Nigeria’s Enoch Olaoluwa and South Africa’s Retshiditswe Mlenga, who have both clocked 10.40 this season. Tshenolo Lemao of South Africa is another likely to be in contention, the 17-year-old who is a 10.42 performer this season.
The South American challenge is led by Brazilian duo Erik Felipe Cardoso and Arielton dos Santos, who have clocked 10.56 and 10.58 respectively. Europe’s leading challenger is Germany’s Luis Brandner, who has run 10.63, and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Savenko (10.65).
Cathal Dennehy for the IAAF