Hardy wins 100m gold at World Youth Champs
Italy -Italian born Prezel Hardy won Team USA’s first-ever gold medal
in the boys 100m Thursday evening at the 2009 IAAF World Youth
Championships in Bressanone, Italy.
In the midst of heavy
rain and after one false start, Hardy charged out of the blocks and
kicked into high gear at the halfway point and continued to surge over
the final 50 meters, crossing the line in a victorious 10.57. Hardy,
who now lives in Killeen, Texas, was born on a military base in
Vicenza, Italy. In the semi-final, Hardy had the fastest time winning
heat 1 in 10.38.
Kori Carter (Claremont, Calif.) won Team
USA’s second medal of the competition and in the blink of an eye
Bridgette Owens (Oak Park, Mich.) won the third. Carter had a much
better start this go around, and hurdled her way to the silver medal in
the girls 100m hurdles, finishing in a personal best 13.26. Owens was
just behind her, setting claiming the bronze medal and her second
personal best of the day in 13.39.
In the semi-final round,
Bridgette Owens was second in heat 2 in a then-personal best 13.46.
After being distracted at the start and failing to get out of the
blocks quickly, Kori Carter finished second in heat 3 in 13.61.
Purvis (Oakland, Calif.) was second out of the blocks in the girls 100m
final, but it was Great Britain’s Jodie Williams who stormed to the
gold medal in a world youth leading 11.39. Purvis powered her way to
the finish in 11.48, earning the bronze medal in the process. Jordan
Clark (Southfield, Mich.) finished fifth in 11.76. Earlier, in the
semi-finals, Purvis won heat 2 in 11.53 and Jordan Clark was third in
heat 1 in 11.63.
In the boys long jump final that was marred by
the rain for the final three jumps, Leon Samuels (Charlotte, N.C.)
finished sixth with a best mark of 7.35m/24-1.5. Carlton Lavong
(Collegeville, Pa.) was 14th with 7.02m/23-0.5.
before the start of the girls 400m semi-final, the skies opened up and
the rain started. In an effort to get out of the rain faster, Ebony
Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) made up the stagger in the first 150m and won her
heat in 53.99. Michelle Brown (Shamong, N.J.) was second in heat two in
54.77. In the boys 400m semi-final, Josh Mance (Pomona, Calif.) was
second in heat 2 in 46.65.
David Smith (Jonesboro, Ga.) and
Dwayne Golbek (Claremore, Ok.) each cleared the automatic qualifier of
2.10m/6-11 in the boys high jump qualifying rounds and advanced to
Bronson Duran (Albuquerque, N.M.) ran a
hard-fought 800m in the boys semi-final round, taking the lead 350m
into the race and passing 400m in 55.04. But the pace proved to be too
much for Duran as Nicholas Kipkoech (KEN) picked it up to win in
1:50.85 and Duran finished sixth in 1:53.59.
Team USA medal table as of July 9:
Prezel Hardy (Killeen, Texas) boys 100m, 10.57
Kori Carter (Claremont, Calif.) girls 100m hurdles, 13.26
Ryan Crouser (Damascus, Ore.) boys discus throw, 61.64m/202-2
Ashton Purvis (Oakland, Calif.) girls 100m, 11.48
Bridgette Owens (Oak Park, Mich.)
more information on Team USA and the 2009 IAAF World Youth
Championships, visit www.usatf.org. For complete results, visit
Prezel Hardy – boys 100m gold medalist
“I feel great, I feel amazing, I feel
Ebony Eutsey – girls 400m semi-finals
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