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Adriana Vilagos smashes World U18 javelin record

Serbia’s Adriana Vilagos smashed her world U18 javelin record on home soil with the 500g implement at the Balkan U18 Championships in Kraljevo on Saturday (14).

Vilagos held the previous record of 68.76m but the 17-year-old added more than a metre to that mark, surpassing the 70 metre-line for the first time with 70.10m to further extend her record in what could be one of her last competitions with the U18 implement.

Despite still being classed as an U18 athlete by virtue of her 2004 birth date, Vilagos has already got to grips with the senior weight javelin which is also used in U20 competitions. At the start of the season, Vilagos won the U23 division at the European Throwing Cup in Split, Croatia with 60.22m despite ceding five years in age to some of her competitors.

Vilagos also won a silver medal at the Tallinn 2021 European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn behind Greece’s Elina Tzengko and the duo are due to go head-to-head again at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi which begin on Wednesday (18).

Other highlights from the Balkan U18 Championships included Slovenia’s Jakob Urbanc winning the hammer with a national U20 record of 74.12m, Greece’s Nikoleta Antoniadou winning the 100m hurdles in a Greek U20 record of 13.67 and Bulgaria’s Plamena Mitkova winning the long jump with a wind-aided 6.29m.

World U18 winners exude confidence ahead of National World U20 trials a Kasarani Stadium

Kenyan junior internationals have intensified their preparations ahead of the World U20 trials set for Moi Stadium, Kasarani on June 11 and 12.

World U18 1,500m gold medalist George Manangoi remains confident of making Team Kenya for the youth championships to be held in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 following a 3:41.75 performance at the Rome Diamond League last Thursday.

Manang’oi’s coach Bernard Ouma revealed that the youngster suffered a slight knock in Rome but should be up and running in a week.

“He suffered a slight knock on the knee during the Diamond League in Rome but it’s being fixed. I am confident that he will make to the Kenyan team. He was supposed to run in Turk, Finland on June 7 but it’s not possible because Athletics Kenya changed the dates for the trials,” said Ouma.

In Rome, Manangoi finished 14th in a race won by his training mate, Timothy Cheruiyot, in 3:31.22 while George’s brother Elijah came second in 3:33.79.

World junior race walking bronze medalist Dominic Ndigiti said he is ready for the trials and is confident of making the team to Finland.

“My preparations have been very smooth. I have won three AK weekend meets in Mumias, Mombasa and Kisii against senior runners. The bronze medal I won in Nairobi inspired me to continue working hard,” said Ndigiti, student at Kiendege Secondary in Nyamira.

Mary Moraa, who won a silver medal in 400m during the world U18 championships in Nairobi last year is also upbeat on her chances of bagging a ticket to Finland.

The national secondary schools 200m and 400m champion said: “We have been training for the trials and I want to board a plane to Finland. It will be a nice experience for me.”

Moraa is a student at Mogonga Secondary, whose coach, Haron Onchong’a, revealed that they will send at least 15 athletes to the trials.

“My athletes have not participated in many events since we finished the national secondary school games in Embu. We decided to focus on training for the world U20 trials,” said Onchong’a.

Africa Cross Country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto and silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, alongside Commonwealth 5000m bronze medalist Edward Zakayo are expected to renew rivalry during the two day trials.