Tina Clayton reaffirmed her 100m U-20 world champion title with a time of 10.95 secondsthe best in the history of the championships, ahead of the Jamaican double completed by Serena Cole with 11.14 in the women’s final in Cali, where the Spanish Elena Guiu closed the classification with a time of 11.52.
The two Jamaican sprinters, fellow students at Edwin Allen High School, ahead of 17-year-old American Shawnti Jackson on the Pascual Guerrero stadium track (son of Bershawn, world champion in the 400m hurdles in 2005), who finished third in a time of 11.15, a personal best.
A thousandth of a second behind Jackson, Dutch N’Ketia Seedo was left on the brink of a bronze medal, as was Thai Puripol Bonsoon in the men’s 100 meters final, won the day before by Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo with 9.91.
Clayton showed his great prowess right from the startbut especially in the middle of the race, as happened with Tebogo in the men’s final.
“I didn’t think about my personal best or the championship record, but about defending my title. I didn’t feel any pressure. I have a lot of confidence in the work I’ve done and in my coach (Michael Dyke)”, commented the Jamaican sprinter .
Clayton has a twin sister who also competes in these championships, Tiawho will run in the 200 meters and also in the 4×100 meter relay.
Source: La Verdad
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