Seven Advance on Day One IAAF World Under-20 Championships Morning Session
Bronson Osborn (Anaheim, California) and Adrian Piperi III (The Woodlands, Texas) started the day strong for Team USA in men’s shot put (6 kilogram) qualification as they each surpassed the automatic qualifying mark (19.40 meters/63-7.75) with their second throws.
Osborn tossed the fifth best qualifying mark: 19.63m/64-5. Piperi -- the 2015 World U18 Champion in Cali, Columbia -- had the fifth best qualifier: 19.57m/64-2.5..
The men’s shot put final will be contested at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Both of the United States’ entries in the men’s 100m advanced to the semifinals automatically. Noah Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia) — the high-school 200m record holder and fourth-place finisher in that event at U.S. Olympic Team Trials — was the top qualifier into the semifinal with a time of 10.28 (+0.7). Hakim Montgomery (Temple, Georgia - Troy) was third in his heat to qualify automatically into the semifinals with the 21st-fastest prelim time 10.58 (+0.4). The 100m semifinals will be contested during the Wednesday evening session.
Samantha Watson (Henrietta, N.Y) and Aaliyah Miller (McKinney, Texas) both comfortably advanced into the 800m semifinals. Watson — the 2015 World U18 Champion — won her preliminary heat in 2:07.30. Miller was fourth in her heat in 2:08.31 to also qualify automatically. Watson had the eighth fastest time of the prelims, Miller’s time was 13th fastest.
Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, Illinois) closed the session with a bang as he lept to the best mark of long jump qualifying, a lifetime best 7.96m/26-1.25.
Ward had to come through in the clutch. Entering his third and final attempt of qualifying he was outside of the coveted top 12 spots that advance to the final. He eclipsed the automatic qualifying mark of 7.70m/25-3.25. The men’s long jump final is scheduled for Wednesday evening.
Medals will be on the line during Tuesday’s evening session – the second session of day one of the World U20 Championships – in finals of the men’s shot put, women’s 10,000 meters race walk and the men’s 10,000m.
Team USA has won 208 medals at the IAAF World U20 Championships since the competition was first held in 1986 in Athens. Team USA has won 94 golds to date, 53 by men and 41 by women.
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.
The afternoon session will begin at 11 a.m. ET with qualification in the pole vault. The women’s 10k race walk is scheduled to begin at noon ET, and the heats of the women’s 400m begin running events at 1:10 p.m.
Field events at the World U20 Championships will employ a new competition protocol in finals.
Twelve competitors will qualify for each final. Qualifying marks are wiped out at the start of the final. The field of 12 will get three attempts before being cut to the top eight. The remaining eight athletes will receive one more attempt, as opposed to the prior protocol of three more, for a total of six attempts.
The best mark after each competitor has made four attempts will win.
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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Noah Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia) – 100m
“The time change at first was really tough. I couldn’t get to sleep at night, but I’m pretty adjusted now. It’s like at home, but it’s not quite home.”
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