World Youth Championships, Cali – Candid Portraits 3

As I mentioned yesterday and the day before, I’m currently in Cali, Colombia covering the ninth edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships in track and field, a gathering that features the best 15, 16 and 17-year-old athletes on the planet.

Editorial/reporting duty is mainly confining me to my seat on the tribune but I am managing to squeeze time enough to snap a few photos whenever possible. At these championships, that means candid shots from the media-athlete mixed zone. Like the one above of Norman Grimes from Amarillo, Texas, who won the boys 400 meter hurdles tonight. He dominated the race. It was a pleasure to watch.

Below is Geraldine Ruckstuhl of Switzerland, the surprise winner of the heptathlon. Nobody was as surprise as she was.

Geraldine Ruckstuhl at the World Youth Championships in Cali Sydney McLaughlin at the World Youth Championships in Cali

Above, Grimes’ teammate Sydney McLaughlin who won the girls 400 meter hurdles in equally dominant fashion. She’s just 15. I got the distinct impression that we’ll be seeing much more of her over the next couple decades.

Below, Elienor Werner of Sweden, winner of the girls pole vault.Elienor Werner at the World Youth Championships in Cali

Brandee Johnson at the World Youth Championships in Cali

Above, Brandee Johnson who finished third behind McLaughlin in the 400 meter hurdles. And below, Sarah Lagger of Austria, the silver medallist in the heptathlon. Hers was the first medal at a World Youth Championships for Austria.Sarah Lagger at the World Youth Championships in Cali

The championships conclude tomorrow, Sunday. I’ll try to post another gallery tomorrow, but it’ll more likely come on Monday before I head back to Bogota.



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  1. Claremary P. Sweeney says

    My husband was a runner in high school & college and was director of interscholastic track for many years hear in RI. He is really enjoying following this competition on your blog. Thanks.

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent! I’m working with the team covering the event for the IAAF. You can keep up with live results and reports here:

  2. Claremary P. Sweeney says

    Thanks, l’ll make sure he sees this and also pass it on to fellow track officials here in RI

  3. Leroy Ryser says

    Hey Bob! Im a Swiss-Journalist; lookin for the picture of Geraldine Ruckstuhl for the newspaper. Can you contact me asap? I gotta finish the paper in 3 hours, so be fast 😉

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