Krah was the first American to win the World U20 110m hurdles title since 2012 Gold Medalist and World Record (high hurdles) holder Aries Merritt.
Samantha Watson (Henrietta, New York) and Aaliyah Miller (McKinney, Texas) gave Team USA a first-ever sweep of the women’s 800m medals, with Watson slingshotting off the final bend to pull clear and come away with the gold in 2:04.52, and Williams going wide to sprint past the rest of the pack over the final 100 and take silver in 2:05.06.
Norman and Harris also advanced to the 200m semifinal, and Krah and Lattin moved on to the 110m hurdles final on Thursday morning.
The IAAF World U20 Championships were previously known as the IAAF World Junior Championships before undergoing a rebranding heading into 2016. The last World U20 (then known as Junior) Championships was held in Eugene, Oregon in 2014.
Field events at the World U20 Championships are employing a new competition protocol in finals.
The U.S. U20 team was selected based on performances at the USATF Junior Championships from June 24-26 in Clovis, California.
Bydgoszcz hosted the World U20 Championships in 2008. The city is the first to host the World U20 Championships twice.
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Candace Hall - 100m
“Running against those girls is nerve-wracking because I’ve never been in such a fast Championships final at the this level or at the youth level. I mean Cali (2015 World U18 Championships) was hard, but this was faster.”
On rebounding from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials …
“Coming back here and winning a title really lifted my confidence back up.”
On her performance in the final …
“I feel like I got out and then accelerated and just leaned at the finish, yeah.”
Marcus Krah - 110m hurdles
“It’s unbelievable. It hasn’t hit me already. I’m just so happy and even happier that Amere Lattin got second so the U.S. was able to go 1-2.”
On Lattin being more experienced and giving him advice …
“Definitely (He told me) ‘ stay focused, run my race and don’t worry about anybody else.”
On if he’s conscious of the other competitors’ position as the race progresses ...
“I didn’t see anybody. I didn’t know where Amere was. I was hoping once I crossed the line that he was there - and he was.”
On if she was conscious of trying to go 1-2 with teammate Aaliyah Miller …
“When I was coming down the homestretch I didn’t know where Aaliyah was. I tried to find her on the big screen. I saw that she did after. It was nice to do that (finish 1-2).”
Lynna Irby - 400m
“It feels exciting. I know my training is going in the right direction and I peaked at the right time.”
On going out quick in the first 200m …
“I had no idea. I didn’t know where anyone else was in that race until the last 80 meters. Sure enough there she (Tiffany James) was. I knew it was going to be a battle. I was still really excited with my time.”
Michael Norman Jr. - 200m
On competing for Team USA …
“It’s a lot of fun. This is my first time experiencing competing against other countries. I’m just trying to enjoy the experience.”
On his last month whirlwind …
“It’s been really hectic. Packing then leaving, packing then leaving again. But it’s been a fun experience. It’s just some other stuff like packing that’s not as fun. But once you get here it’s a lot of fun.”
Kai Benedict - 3k steeplechase
On his race …
“I made the final so I’m feeling pretty great. This is my first experience at an international meet. I just found out I made the final so I’m hyped that I get to run on Sunday. Watching the other race I thought the first few laps would be slow. I didn’t want to get caught up in other people's’ pace.”
On this experience …
“It’s so unbelievable I get to come out here and represent my country. In the final we’ll see what I can do. I PR’d by a second here so maybe we can get another one in the final.”
Kyle McLaughlin - 400m hurdles
“I was pretty nervous going into the race. I’m jsut shaking out the rust so I’m hoping I come back tomorrow a little better.”
OVERALL MEDAL COUNT:
2. Aaliyah Wilson: 2:05.06
7. Elena Bruckner: 52.04m/170-9.
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