CAA president Kalkaba Malboum,Sports PS Joe Okudo and AK president Jackson Tuwei at the World Athletics U20 Nairobi Championship
The Just Concluded World Athletics U20 Nairobi Championship
On the 22nd Aug 2021 the World Athletics U20 Nairobi championship came to a close in the capital of Kenya as the Jamaican women and the South African men broke world U20 records in the 4x100m relays, adding to the two world U20 records set by France’s Sasha Zhoya in the men’s 110m hurdles.
- 4 World U20 records: (Sasha Zhoya FRA in the 110m hurdles – 12.93 semifinal and 12.72 final; Jamaica in the women’s 4x100m relay – 42.94; South Africa in the men’s 4x100m relay – 38.51)
- 15 championship records: (Anthony Pesela BOT in the men’s 400m – 44.58; Emmanuel Wanyonyi KEN in the men’s 800m – 1:43.76; Tadese Worku ETH in the men’s 3000m – 7:42.09; Sasha Zhoya FRA in the 110m hurdles – 12.93 and 12.72; Mykolas Alekna LTU in the men’s Discus Throw – 69.81; South Africa in the men’s 4x100m – 38.51; Christine Mboma NAM 22.41 semifinal, Beatrice Masiilingi NAM 22.19 semifinal and Mboma 21.84 final in the women’s 200m; Silja Kosonen FIN in the women’s hammer – 71.64m; Jamaica in the women’s 4x100m – 42.94; Mixed 4x400m (new event) India in heat 1 – 3:23.36, Nigeria in heat 2 – 3:21.66 and Nigeria in final – 3:19.70)
- 11 area U20 records: (Mire Reinstorf RSA in the women’s pole vault – 4.15m; Mine De Klerk RSA in the women’s discus – 53.50m; Jamaica in the women’s 4x100m – 42.94; Sasha Zhoya FRA in the 110m hurdles – 12.93 semifinal and 12.72 final; men’s 4x100m Poland with 38.93 in the heat and 38.90 in the final, South Africa and Nigeria =AR both 39.33 in the heats, South Africa 38.51 and Jamaica 38.61 in the final)
- 68 national U20 records
- 10 national senior records
- 259 personal bests
- 18 countries won gold medals (9 from Europe, 6 from Africa, 3 from the Americas)
- 35 countries won medals
- 63 countries finished in top 8 (point scoring position)
- Israel and Namibia have their first ever world U20 champions (Yonathan Kapitolnik in the men’s high jump and Christine Mboma in the women’s 200m).
- Cyprus won its first medal (Styliana Ioannidou, bronze in the women’s high jump).
- Hong Kong China, Kosovo, Malta, Oman and South Sudan have had their first finalists.
- Over 5000 LAMP tests were conducted.
- Over 4000 PCR tests were conducted.
- Around 10,000 antigen tests were conducted for LOC staff and volunteers, who were tested every day.
- The Championships have been broadcast in more than 70 countries.
- Every other country has had access to a livestream through the World Athletics YouTube channel.
- In Kenya, the local free-to-air broadcaster NTV has had around 1 million viewers tune in to the Championships each day.
Indeed they made us proud. Congratulations Team Kenya!
Press Release Provided by Jean-Pierre Durand of 2021 World Athletics
Photos Courtesy Of Erick Barasa