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Athletics - 13. July 2007.

World Youth Champs morning report

After the first day’s action, speed merchants Asha Philip (Newham & Essex), Ashlee Nelson (City of Stoke), Jordan Huggins all find themselves nicely poised for success ahead of their respective semi-finals on Thursday.

In the women’s 100m, Asha Philip (Newham & Essex) and Ashlee Nelson (City of Stoke) laid the gauntlet down to their rivals as they headed the qualifiers for Thursday’s semi-finals.

Philip won Heat 3 in mightily impressive style, easing up in 11.53. Afterwards, the smiling 16 year-old said: “I felt a girl alongside me, but I am always being told to race the time not the person and it helped.

“I’ve trained more than ever before for this, so I am hoping for the best. Now I’m going to try and get some sleep and try and stay off my feet before tomorrow.”

In the following heat, Nelson endured the prolonged false-start disqualification of Jamaican Gayon Evans, which rather than distract her, merely inspired her as she came tearing through to win in 11.65.

Speaking of the false starts, she said: “It angers me, it makes me run more aggressive. I don’t want to be starting, stopping and starting again. I just want to get on with it. I was just thinking drive, drive, drive all the way through.”

In the women’s 3000m final, Beth Potter (City of Glasgow) produced a gutsy effort to place 10th in 9:41.04. “I’m happy with the position but not the time. Top ten, that’s what I was aiming for. I actually thought that it would be faster than that, the first half was a lot faster.

Speaking about racing the Kenyans, who almost inevitably produced the winner in the form of Marcy Cherono in 8:53.94, she said: “It was my first time against them. It was okay at the beginning, but then they just bombed off..”

In the field, there was disappointment for Dan Pembroke (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) and Shaunagh Brown (Blackheath & Bromley). Pembroke was unable to put his recent back problems behind him as he finished 18th in men’s javelin qualifying with a best effort of 63.95m.

“It just wasn’t the day for it.” He said. “I’ve had problems with my back and haven’t been able to train for a month and a half. My core stability has just gone. Next year I’ve got the Commonwealth Youth Games in India and I’ll be on form for them.”

In the women’s discus final, Brown could not recapture the 50 metre-plus form she craved. She produced a best effort of 41.95m, which placed her 11th, outside the top eight and therefore unable to take her full quota of six throws.


Medal flashes, quotes from every athlete and morning and evening session reports will be provided throughout the World Youth Championships. For detailed results, see www.iaaf.org

Chris Broadbent, Team Media Officer: +44 (0)7718 526 3636

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