Kerrica Hill breaks championship record to win gold in 100m hurdles in Cali, Colombia
Jamaica's Kerrica Hill

Kerrica Hill ran a Championship Record 12.77 seconds (0.2m/s ) to win the gold medal in the 100m hurdles on Saturday’s final day of the World Under-20 Championships at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Cali, Colombia.

Hill, who went into the championships as the overwhelming favourite, obliged to lead a Jamaican 1-2 finish as Alexis James ran a personal best 12.87 seconds, her third lifetime best at the championships, for the silver medal as Jamaica won four medals including two silver in the Mile Relays.

Anna Toth took the bronze with a Hungarian National Under 20 Record 13.00 seconds.

It was the best championships for Jamaica as they finished with a record haul of 16 medals, the most ever and seven gold, almost the most at any one championships along with seven silver and three bronze.

The USA topped the tables ahead of Jamaica on more gold medals after winning the men’s 4x400m relay the final event of the championships to move up from third.

Hill, meanwhile broke the previous record of 12.85 seconds set in 2016 in Bydgoszcz, Poland by Elvira Herman of Belarus.

It was the second medal of the championships for both athletes as both were part of the world Under-20 record setting 4x100m relay team. James ran in the preliminaries and was replaced by Hill in the final.

The women’s 4x400m team of Abigail Campbell, Oneika McAnuff, Alliah Baker and Dejeanea Oakley took silver in 3:31.59 seconds, behind the USA who won the gold with 3:28,06 seconds with Great Britain taking the bronze with 3:31.86 seconds.

Delano Kennedy who false started in the 400m finals ran a fantastic anchor leg to take the men’s 4x400m team from fifth place to the silver medal as the team ran 3:05.72 seconds behind the USA- 3:04.47 seconds with Canada third with a national record 3:06.50 seconds.

Christopher Young was eighth in the men’s discus throw with a best of 60.31m while shot put silver medallist Kobe Lawrence was 10th with 59.96m.

Machaeda Linton finished ninth in the women’s triple jump with a best of 12.86m (0.3m/s), missing a place in the top eight by a mere five centimetres.

Paul Reid

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