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World Youth Championships Day Three Japanese Results

by Brett Larner
video by Akiko Sani Brown

Day Three of the World Youth Championships was relatively quiet for the Japanese contingent.  Of the two finals featuring Japanese athletes, Yuki Shibata (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) had better luck, placing 7th in the girls' 2000 mSC in 6:48.41, seconds out of the top 5 but 30 seconds behind winner Celliphine Chepteek Chespol (Kenya).  After running a 46.85 PB in the boys' 400 m semifinals, Minato Sasaki (Morioka Minami H.S.) struggled in the final, finishing last in 47.54.



Two of Japan's gold medal contenders moved on through the opening rounds without problems.  100 m gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) won his 200 m heat in 21.19, jogging down the home straight with ease, while boys' pole vault favorite Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) likewise advanced after clearing 4.95 m.  Kazuki Tamura (Shimonoseki Shogyo H.S.) also advanced in the boys' 200 m, with Takaaki Yoshida (Kanonji Chuo H.S.) joining Ejima in the pole vault final.  Ami Saito (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) completed a good day for the Japanese 200 m crew, advancing to the girls' semifinal after running 24.44 for 3rd in her heat.

9th World Youth Championships Day Three Japanese Results
Cali, Colombia, 7/17/15
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Boys' 400 m Final
1. Christopher Taylor (Jamaica) - 45.27 - WYL
2. Josephus Lyles (U.S.A.) - 45.46 - PB
3. Keshun Reed (U.S.A.) - 45.96
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8. Minato Sasaki (Japan) - 47.54

Boys' 200 m Heat 5 -1.0 m/s
1. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) - 21.19 - Q
2. Edel Rogelio Amores (Cuba) - 21.46 - Q
3. Aobakwe Malau (Botswana) - 22.02 - PB

Boys' 200 m Heat 6 +0.5 m/s
1. Jack Hale (Australia) - 21.31 - Q
2. Kazuki Tamura (Japan) - 21.60 - Q
3. Gediminas Truskauskas (Lithuania) - 21.75 - PB

Girls' 200 m Heat 7 -0.9 m/s
1. Shaneil English (Jamaica) - 24.23 - Q
2. Ina Huemer (Austria) - 24.37 - Q - PB
3. Ami Saito (Japan) - 24.44 - Q

Girls' 2000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Celliphine Chepteek Chespol (Kenya) - 6:17.15 - PB
2. Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei (Kenya) - 6:19.61
3. Agrie Belachew (Ethiopia) - 6:34.68
4. Alondra Negron (Puerto Rico) - 6:39.51
5. Beletu Hailu (Ethiopia) - 6:41.46
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7. Yuki Shibata (Japan) - 6:48.41

Boys' 2000 m Steeplechase Heat 1
1. Vincent Kipyegon Ruto (Kenya) - 5.34:52 - Q
2. Tegenu Mengistu (Ethiopia) - 5.42:01 - Q - PB
3. Boniface Abel Sikowo (Uganda) - 5:46.56 - Q - PB
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9. Takeshi Nishida (Japan) - 5:59.06

Boys' Pole Vault Qualification Group A
1. Emmanouil Karalis (Greece) - 4.95 m - Q
1. Armand Duplantis (Sweden) - 4.95 m - Q
3. Joel Leon Benitez (Great Britain) - 4.95 m - Q
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6. Takaaki Yoshida (Japan) - 4.95 m - Q

Boys' Pole Vault Qualification Group B
1. Muntadher Faleh Abdulwahid (Iraq) - 4.95 m - Q
1. Denis Akinshin (Russia) - 4.95 m - Q
3. Masaki Ejima (Japan) - 4.95 m - Q

Girls' Heptathlon Day One Point Total
1. Adriana Rodriguez (Cuba) - 3678
2. Lisa Maihofer (Germany) - 3590
3. Marisa Vaz Carvalho (Portugal) - 3580
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21. Maya Shreshta (Japan) - 3234

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