Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sani Brown the Star of World Youth Championships Day One

by Brett Larner



Japan's Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) was the undisputed star of the first day of the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, turning in three championships record performances in three runs to win gold in the boys' 100 m.  With a 0.1 m/s headwind in his opening heat Sani Brown turned in a record 10.30 to tie his PB.  In the semifinals he again ran 10.30, but this time into a 1.2 m/s headwind.  No less a commentator than Ato Bolden was impressed, comparing Sani Brown to Usain Bolt in a Twitter exchange with Sani Brown's mother.


The headwind was down to 0.4 m/s for the final, but while a clumsier than usual start cost him his chance at Yoshihide Kiryu's 10.19 youth WR Sani Brown still had no trouble at all peeling away for the win in a new championships record and PB of 10.28, 0.21 ahead of the nearest competition.  Japan's Daisuke Miyamoto (Rakunan H.S.) also made the final, finishing 7th in 10.78 after having run as fast at 10.52 in the semifinals.  The 200 m, Sani Brown's main focus and where he is just 0.06 off the Beijing World Championships qualifying standard, is still to come.

Japanese athletes were not as lucky in one of the other events where they had a chance of medalling, the girls' 3000 m.  Shuru Bulo (Ethiopia) took the win in a world youth leading 9:01.12 PB with Emily Chebet Kipchumba (Kenya) just over a second behind, but with bronze medalist Sheila Chelangat (Kenya) and 4th-placer Letesenbet Gidey (Ethiopia) coming in with new 9:04 PBs a good run from Japan's Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.), who came to the World Youth Championships ranked #1 with a best of 9:04.81, could have put her in contention for bronze.  Unfortunately it was not to be, as Mukai was far off the pace with just a 9:21.04 for 5th, teammate Kanami Sagayama (Osaka Kunei Joshi H.S.) a distant 6th in 9:33.85.

12 other Japanese athletes in 9 events made it through the opening rounds.  Among them, Ryusei Fujii (Kokura Kogyo H.S.) led the way in the boys' 400 m hurdles, running a 50.87 world youth leading time to win heat 2.  In heat 5 teammate Masaki Toyoda (Rakunan H.S.) also made it through, running a PB 52.87 for 2nd.  In the girls' 100 mH, Yumi Tanaka (Daiichi Kansai Prep H.S.) likewise set a PB of 13.92 to advance as one of the time qualifiers.  In the girls' javelin throw, both Haruka Kitaguchi (Hokkaido Asahikawa Higashi H.S.) and Tsugumi Okabayashi (Osaka H.S.) threw PB marks, but only Kitaguchi went on to the final after throwing 52.15 m for 4th in her group.

9th World Youth Championships Day One Japanese Results
Cali, Colombia, 7/15/15
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Girls' 3000 m Final
1. Shuru Bulo (Ethiopia) - 9:01.12 - WYL - PB
2. Emily Chebet Kipchumba (Kenya) - 9:02.92 - PB
3. Sheila Chelangat (Kenya) - 9:04.54 - PB
4. Letesenbet Gidey (Ethiopia) - 9:04.64 - PB
5. Yuka Mukai (Japan) - 9:21.04
6. Kanami Sagayama (Japan) - 9:33.85

Boys' 1500 m Heat 2
1. Kumari Taki (Kenya) - 3:48.45 - Q
2. Welde Tufa (Ethiopia) - 3:49.71 - Q
3. Amine Bouazizi (Tunisia) - 3:52.02 - Q
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11. Takumi Yokokawa (Japan) - 4:07.87

Boys' 800 m Heat 3
1. Kipyego Bett (Kenya) - 1:51.38 - Q
2. Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Japan) - 1:51.89 - Q
3. Ryan Sanchez (Puerto Rico) - 1:52.92 - Q

Boys' 800 m Heat 5
1. Omer Amano (Ethiopia) - 1:50.31 - Q
2. Iskander Jhinaoui (Tunisia) - 1:52.04 - Q - PB
3. Cameron Cooper (U.S.A.) - 1:53.04 - Q
4. Takuto Hanamura (Japan) - 1:53.17 - Q

Boys' 400 m Heat 2
1. Anthony Jose Zambrano (Colombia) - 46.27 - Q - PB
2. Christopher Taylor (Jamaica) - 46.30 - Q
3. Minato Sasaki (Japan) - 47.27 - Q

Boys' 400 m Heat 3
1. Jamal Walton (Cayman Islands) - 47.35 - Q
2. Marvin Schlegel (Germany) - 47.57 - Q
3. Ryota Kitahara (Japan) - 47.69 - Q

Girls' 400 m Heat 1
1. Symone Mason (U.S.A.) - 54.41 - Q
2. Janet Richard (Malta) - 55.36 - Q
3. Rin Aoki (Japan) - 55.72 - Q

Boys' 100 m Heat 1 -0.1 m/s
1. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) - 10.30 - Q - MR
2. Paulo Andre De Oliveira (Brazil) - 10.56 - Q
3. Simon Hansen (Denmark) - 10.57 - Q

Boys' 100 m Heat 5 -0.2 m/s
1. Oliver Bromby (Great Britain) - 10.53 - Q
2. Daisuke Miyamoto (Japan) - 10.61 - Q
3. Micaiah Harris (U.S.A.) - 10.72 - Q

Boys' 100 m Semifinal 1 -0.2 m/s
1. Rechmial Miller (Great Britain) - 10.45 - Q - PB
2. Daisuke Miyamoto (Japan) - 10.52 - Q
3. Chuba Nwachukwu (Canada) - 10.55 - PB

Boys' 100 m Semifinal 2 -1.2 m/s
1. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) - 10.30 - Q - MR
2. Oliver Bromby (Great Britain) - 10.50 - Q
3. Daniel Estrada (U.S.A.) - 10.60 - PB

Boys' 100 m Final -0.4 m/s
1. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) - 10.28 - MR - PB
2. Derick Silva (Brazil) - 10.49
3. Rechmial Miller (Great Britain) - 10.59
4. Oliver Bromby (Great Britain) - 10.60
5. Chuba Nwachukwu (Canada) - 10.60
6. Milo Skupin-Alfa (Germany) - 10.67
7. Daisuke Miyamoto (Japan) - 10.78
8. Paulo Andre De Oliveira (Brazil) - 10.83

Girls' 2000 mSC Heat 2
1. Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei (Kenya) - 6:26.70 - Q
2. Beletu Hailu (Ethiopia) - 6:49.49 - Q
3. Alondra Negron (Puerto Rico) - 6:56.45 - Q
4. Yuki Shibata (Japan) - 6:56.60 - Q

Girls' 400 mH Heat 1
1. Sydney McLaughlin (U.S.A.) - 56.81 - Q
2. Anne Sofie Kirkegaard (Denmark) - 58.08 - Q - PB
3. Linda Olivieri (Italy) - 1:00.23 - Q
4. Chisa Kitazawa (Japan) - 1:00.86

Girls' 400 mH Heat 4
1. Brandee Johnson (U.S.A.) - 59.23 - Q
2. Ilaria Verderio (Italy) - 59.60 - Q
3. Mizuki Murakami (Japan) - 1:00.06 - Q

Boys' 400 mH Heat 2
1. Ryusei Fujii (Japan) - 50.87 - Q - WYL
2. Morne Van As (South Africa) - 52.16 - Q
3. Jauavney James (Jamaica) - 52.38 - Q - PB

Boys' 400 mH Heat 5
1. Norman Grimes (U.S.A.) - 50.95 - Q - PB
2. Masaki Toyoda (Japan) - 52.87 - Q - PB
3. Mingjian Huang (China) - 53.58 - Q

Girls' 100 mH Heat 3 -1.4 m/s
1. Maribel Vanessa Caicedo (Ecuador) - 13.32 - Q - PB
2. Marisa Vaz Carvalho (Portugal) - 13.36 - Q - PB
3. Janeek Brown (Jamaica) - 13.67 - Q
4. Klaudia Sorok (Hungary) - 13.67 - Q
5. Yumi Tanaka (Japan) - 13.92 - q - PB

Boys' Long Jump Qualification Group A
1. Miltiadis Tentoglou (Greece) - 7.57 m +0.8 m/s - Q
2. Yuhao Shi (China) - 7.51 m +0.4 m/s - Q - PB
3. Maykel Demetrio Masso (Cuba) - 7.51 m -0.5 m/s - Q
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7. Hibiki Tsuha (Japan) - 7.30 m +0.1 m/s

Boys' Long Jump Qualification Group B
1. Darcy Roper (Australia) - 7.88 m -0.1 m/s - Q
2. Juan Miguel Echevarria (Cuba) - 7.73 m +0.0 m/s - Q
3. Justes Nance (U.S.A.) - 7.62 m +0.2 m/s - Q - PB
4. Simon Zienert (Germany) - 7.51 m -0.3 m/s - Q - PB
5. Masashi Miyauchi (Japan) - 7.40 m +1.0 m/s - q

Boys' Triple Jump Qualification Group B
1. Cristian Atanay Napoles (Cuba) - 15.98 m -0.2 m/s - Q
2. Mingze Du (China) - 15.82 m +0.4 m/s - Q - PB
3. Melvin Raffin (France) - 15.39 m +0.8 m/s - Q
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10. Shinya Kobayashi (Japan) - 14.85 m +0.4 m/s

Girls' Javelin Throw Qualification Group A
1. Lotte Reimann (Germany) - 54.35 - Q - PB
2. Stella Weinberg (Norway) - 53.46 - Q
3. Sophia Rivera (U.S.A.) - 52.21 - Q - PB
4. Haruka Kitaguchi (Japan) - 52.15 - Q - PB

Girls' Javelin Throw Qualification Group B
1. Nikol Tabackova (Czech Republic) - 55.29 - Q
2. Laine Donane (Latvia) - 52.71 - Q
3. Jiajia Chen (China) - 52.34 - Q
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8. Tsugumi Okabayashi (Japan) - 47.64 - PB

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