Bolt, Defar make transition from Jnr ranks

Dania Bogle

Friday, August 17, 2012

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TRIPLE Olympic record-holder Usain Bolt is among a handful of athletes who won titles at the 9th IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston in 2002 and moved on to win Olympic gold 10 years later in London.

Bolt, who won the Men's 200m in Kingston a decade ago, posted 19.32 seconds to win the event at the XXX Olympiad on August 8.

Ethiopia's Meseret Defar captured both the Women's 3000m and 5000m titles in Kingston and also secured the gold medal in the 5000m in London a few days ago.

In fact, the top three women in Kingston were also the top three finishers in London, with a slight change in the order. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia and Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot were second and third in the 5000m in 2002, while at the Olympics, Cheruiyot was second and Dibaba third.

New Zealand's Valerie Adams, who secured the shot put gold with 17.73 metres at the World Junior Championships, also won the Olympic title with 20.70m — albeit belatedly following a positive drug test and subsequent ban by the athlete from Belarus.

Meanwhile, Lashinda Demus of the USA won the 400m hurdles at Kingston, but was pushed into second at the Olympics by Russia's Natalya Antyukh.

However, compatriot Allyson Felix, who was only able to finish fifth in the 200m in Kingston, secured her first Olympic title this year.

Sanya Richards-Ross, who was third in the 400m as a junior, won the Olympic title — her first — in 2012.




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