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Emmanuel Wanyonyi to Battle Worku and Zhoya at World Athletics Rising Stars Award

World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi has been nominated by World Athletics for Male Rising Stars Award.

The form two students at Kosirai High school won the 800m title during the world under 20 championships that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Wanyonyi was recognized as the world under 20 leading time and Kenyan national record holder in the junior category in 800m

He will be joining other four junior athletes led USA’s Sean Burrell, the world under 20 400m hurdles record holder, compatriot Erriyon Knighton, the Olympic Games runner, world under 20 200m record holder and world under 18 800m best.

Others include world under 20 3,000m champion Tadese Worku, who also won silver in 5,000m at the world under 20 and the Ethiopian Senior 10km record holder. Finally is Sasha Zhoya, the French international who holds the world under 20 110m hurdles title, European under 20 110m hurdles and world under 20 110m record.

Sasha Zhoya runs away with the 2021 European Rising Star of the Year title

European U20 110m hurdles champion Sasha Zhoya was crowned as the men Rising Star at the Golden Tracks award ceremony that was held on Saturday (16) evening in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Femke Bol from Dutch is also the European 400m hurdles record-holder Femke Bol was also feted as the women’s Rising Star.

Zhoya also went into the record books in a glorious two months in the 110m hurdles. The Frenchman clocked four of the seven fastest times in history over the barriers at U20 level, including world records of 12.93 and 12.72 at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi to chop a dizzying 0.27 off the previous record.

The 19-year-old surpassed the world U20 record at the European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn with 12.98 but the time could not be ratified due to a slightly illegal tailwind. However, Zhoya did revise the championship record with 13.05 in the final to win the first of two major championship gold medals this summer.

The pair were presented with their trophies by European Athletics Vice Presidents Libor Varhanik and Jean Gracia respectively.

Bol raced extensively both indoors and outdoors, winning eight successive races indoors in the 400m which culminated with gold medals in both the 400m and 4x400m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

She also won 11 of her 12 races in the 400m hurdles outdoors, her only loss coming when she finished third at the Olympics but in Tokyo she smashed Yuliya Pechonkina’s long-standing European record with a time of 52.03.

Summary of Golden Tracks award winners 

  • Women’s European Athlete of the Year – Sifan Hassan (NED)
  • Men’s European Athlete of the Year – Karsten Warholm (NOR)
  • Women’s Rising Star – Femke Bol (NED)
  • Men’s Rising Star – Sasha Zhoya (FRA)
  • European Athletics Community Award – Maria Andrejczyk (POL)
  • European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award – Ana Krstevska (MKD)
  • Member Federation Award – Georgina Drumm (IRL)
  • European Athletics Coaching Award – Hansruedi Kunz (SUI)


Nine European U20 champions from Tallinn repeat in Nairobi

Nine athletes followed up their victories at the Tallinn 2021 European Athletics U20 Championships with victories on the global stage at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi which concluded on Sunday (22).

In doing so, these nine athletes have the unique distinction of scooping both titles in the same season. This oddity comes from the fact the World Athletics U20 Championships had to be postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the pandemic.

But the later staging of the championships surely played to the advantage of France’s 19-year-old Sasha Zhoya who was one of the outstanding athletes at the championships. After running under the world U20 record albeit with an illegal tailwind in Tallinn, Zhoya demolished the record he had threatened to surpass all season in Nairobi.

The multi-talented Frenchman initially revised the mark from 12.99 to 12.93 in the semifinals despite clipping some of the barriers which were raised 99 centimetres above the ground but Zhoya put together a seamless race in the final and was rewarded with his second gold medal of the season in 12.72, taking a 0.21 off his previous mark.

While the barriers are lower for the U20s than for the seniors, Zhoya’s time was the fastest ever recorded in the 110m hurdles across all age-groups.

There was very nearly a world U20 record in the men’s discus as Mykolas Alekna from Lithuania added the world U20 title to his European U20 title in style.

Alekna just fell short of the world U20 record of 70.13m with the 1.75kg U20 discus but his winning mark of 69.81m was a championship record and the second longest throw in history with the U20 discus.

Sweden’s Maja Askag overcame strong opposition to scoop both the long jump and triple jump titles at the European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn and she completed the same double on the global stage in Nairobi, becoming just the second athlete to win both titles at the same edition.

Her teammate Gabriel Wallmark also followed up his European U20 title with the world U20 title in the men’s triple jump. After breaking Christian Olsson’s Swedish U20 record in Tallinn with 16.39m, Wallmark extended his record to 16.43m for gold in Nairobi.

After an excellent campaign in Tallinn, the Finns enjoyed an even better championship in Nairobi with four gold medals to finish second on the medal table behind hosts Kenya. Saga Vanninen, who is still eligible for U20 competitions next year, led from start to finish to win her second major heptathlon title of the year while world U20 record-holder Silja Kosonen set a championship record of 71.64m to win the hammer title.

Jonathan Kapitolnik has achieved two notable firsts for Israel this season. After becoming the first Israeli to win a European U20 title in Tallinn last month, Kapitolnik achieved this same accolade at the World U20 Championships. The 18-year-old cleared a lifetime best of 2.26m to win gold by a whopping nine centimetres, the largest winning margin in championship history.

Competing as an authorised neutral athlete, Russia’s Violetta Ignatyeva also won the women’s discus title at both championships while European U20 400m hurdles champion Berke Akcam from Turkey was promoted from silver to gold in Nairobi after initial victory Oskar Edlund was disqualified for a trail leg infringement.

Source: european-athletics.com

Sasha Zhoya breaks 110m Hurdles World Record in Nairobi

French international Sasha Zhoya set a new world under 20 championships 110m hurdles record during the World U20 championships in at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

The multi-nation athlete, who ran with the world lead in July this year during the French Junior Championships in Bondoufle France, ran away with the world record in the hurdles timing 12:19 bringing down fellow Frenchman’s Wilhem Belocian world record set in 2014 standing at 12.99 seconds.

The 19 year-old, who has roots in both Australian-Zimbabwean humid to storm to the finish line of the 110m hurdle race with fastest time ever, setting a new World U20 Record of  12.93.

France Sasha Zhoya sets a new World 110 hurdles Record at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi. Photo: Ministry of Sports

“I have been waitin the championships for so long, so it is fantastic to get going. The subsequent race will be very crucial for my build up to the finals. I am not very much concerned with the time because my target is to win gold in the finals. Also as a European champion, the weight of expectations will not weigh me down.” Zhoya said.

He was followed by John Paredes from Colombia who also ran a personal best of 13.46 with Hong Kongs Siu Hang Cheung running away with their National Record in 13.57.