I’m currently in Cali covering the ninth edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships in track and field, a gathering that features the best 16 and 17-year-old athletes in the world. Above is Maribel Vanessa Caicedo of Ecuador after the semi-finals of the 100 meter hurdles when she suddenly emerged as one of the fastest of all-time. Her unlikely rise continued when she won the title about three-and-a-half hours later, claiming the first gold medal ever at these championships for Ecuador. She was smiling a lot then, too.
I have editorial/reporting duty here but as usual, will snap photos whenever possible. At these championships, that will mostly mean candid shots from the media-athlete mixed zone. I’ll try to post a few each evening.
Above, Khalifa St. Fort from Trinidad & Tobago after the 100 meter semis. Improving her personal best round by round, she went on to finish second in the final where she clocked 11.19 seconds.
Colombian 100m hurdler Dayan Liseth Ramos after the semis. She did not advance to the final, but savored the opportunity of being able to compete at a world championship before an appreciated home crowd.
Josephus Lyles of the US, one of the medal favorites in the boys 400 meters after winning his semi-final.
100m sprinter Candace Hill of the USA after the semis. Hill, who just finished her high school sophomore year, made history earlier this summer when she clocked 10.98 in the 100 meters, the first under-18 athlete to do so. To provide some context, running sub-11 remains a benchmark that many very good professional sprinters never break. Here in Cali, she went on to dominate the final, winning in 11.08.
Alexis Duncan of the USA after the semis of the 100m hurdles where she just ran 12.95, the second fastest time ever performance in youth (under-18) competition. A favorite for the title, she stumbled slightly over the third hurdle in the final and never regained her rhythm or composure and finished a distant seventh.