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  • World Athletics U20 Championships 2022, Cali, Colombia, 1st - 6th August: Day 2

    Yesterday was a pretty successful opening day for GB & NI athletes in Cali, with Zara Obamakinwa setting a new PB on her way to qualifying for the women's discus final, Sophie Ashurst and Gemma Tutton both reaching the pole vault final, Cleo Agyepong managed to make the women's shot put final as the 12th qualifier and Ethan Hussey gained a place in the men's 1500m final. Other fine performances saw Abigail Ives advance well to the 800m semi finals and Michael Onilogbo came within 0.1 of his PB in advancing through to the men's 100m semis.

    However, the best performance much be reserved from Sammy Ball in the decathlon, who set PBs in the 100m and 400m (the latter a near full second improvement) on his way to ending the first half of the multi event in 4th place, having reached his best halfway score of 4046 points and being in with a shout of a possible medal.
    If he can start today like he did with the 100m in the 110m hurdles, Ball will be definitely on his way to something special.

    Other British athletes getting their World U20 campaign started in the Day 2 morning session are Yemi Mary John in the 400m, Lazarus Benjamin in the pole vault, European U18 champion Ophelia Pye in the women's 400m hurdles, Owen Merrett in the hammer, while last year's European U20 100m bronze medallist Joy Eze and freshly crowned European U18 champion Nia Wedderburn-Goodison, close out the session in the women's 100m heats.

    The afternoon/evening session is jam-packed with action, including the semi finals and final for the men's 100m. Michael Onilogbo has been placed in a proper stinker btw, with world junior record setter Letsile Tebogo, and four of the other competitors have set lifetime bests faster than his 10.38. If he can set a PB in that kind of company, then I'd rate that as a successful champs for him.

    Cleo Agyepong has already exceeded expectations by reaching the final of the shot put as by far the youngest competitor in the field, and the European U18 champion will be looking to get close to her PB with the U20 implement of 15.16m.

    Abigail Ives has possibly landed in the easiest of the 800m semi-finals, though will be up against world leader and 1:59 American Juliette Whittaker, and has a chance of finishing in the top 2 for automatic qualification into the final.

    Then Sammy Ball will hopefully be completing his decathlon adventure with the gruelling 1500m. Whether he'll be in medal contention by that point is debateable, but there is every possibility that Ball will set a substantial new decathlon PB points total, and that would be a fantastic return on his part.

  • #2
    Bit of a disastrous hurdles for Sammy, unfortunately.

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    • #3
      Bless him - hadn’t done much wrong up to now, and they are usually a strength for him 🤦‍♂️

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      • #4
        Huge qualification for Yemi Mary John there. 52.42 running away with it! Goes to 6th on the UK U20 all-time list.

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        • Mikka
          Mikka commented
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          Based on those heats, I don't see a reason why she can't be right in the mix for the medals.

      • #5
        Originally posted by Occasional Hope View Post
        Bit of a disastrous hurdles for Sammy, unfortunately.
        Yeah, looked heavy-legged even before he hit a couple of hurdles.

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        • #6
          39.97 in the discus, a bit below his best but in the mid range of his scores this year. Down to 8th overall after seven events. Emmanuel is building up an unassailable lead at the top of the table.

          Yemi Mary John is looking like a star. Fastest in the heats.

          Lazarus Benjamin out of the PV, with a best of 4.90.

          Ophelia Pye is through to the next round in the 400 hurdles.

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          • #7
            11.36 PB for Nia W-G and through to the next round. Good run. 2nd in her heat.

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            • #8
              Only 3.70 in the PV for Sammy, a bit disappointing but actually his third best ever.

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              • RunUnlimited
                RunUnlimited commented
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                According to the commentator on the on the World Athletics YouTube feed, Sammy Ball apparently has a niggle with an upper leg muscle, which might explain his performances so far on day 2.

              • Occasional Hope
                Occasional Hope commented
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                Oh dear. Hopefully nothing too serious.

            • #9
              Michael Onilogbo 4th in his very challenging semi, but ran 10.39 which is just outside his PB - no disgrace.

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              • #10
                14.56 for Cleo in the first round which is not last

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              • #11
                After such a promising 1st day, it's all gone wrong for Sammy Ball in the decathlon. After a somewhat sub-par 110m hurdles, an ok-ish discus, and going out at 3.70m in the pole vault, Ball has not come out for the javelin. The reports that he'd suffered some sort of leg injury (which I suspect occurred when he ran that massive 400m PB last night) seem to be looking more and more valid.

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                • Occasional Hope
                  Occasional Hope commented
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                  Oh dear, what a shame. It was all looking so good.

                  Hopefully he can recover well and build on the good aspects of his experience here. Because we really need a good decathlete in the next few years.

              • #12
                Only 4 Europeans in the men's semi-finals, none in the final. Tebogo class apart, but Puripol Boonson looking a sensational prospect. I'll be surprised if he doesn't take Bolt's world age 16 record in the 200m.

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                • #13
                  What joy, just track and field. No frigging bbc talking heads. No frigging Jackson. No failure to show live races etc. Great stuff !!

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                  • #14
                    Very good qualification from Abigail Ives, just pipping top ranked Juliette Whittaker of the US.

                    Audrey Werro looked majestic in the first semi.

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                    • RunUnlimited
                      RunUnlimited commented
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                      The commentator on the World Athletics feed is full of praise for Ives run, while stating that Whittaker might be vulnerable and not as unbeatable as her sub-2 minute clocking might have given the impression of.

                  • #15
                    An excellent run from Abigail Ives in the 2nd semi final in the women's 800m sees her get into the World U20 final, and out-dipping the world no.1 Whittaker on the line to win it.

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