CALI, Colombia (August 3) — Tina Clayton smashed the championship record and successfully defended her U20 World Athletics Championships women’s 100m title after clocking a personal best of 10.95 seconds to lead a Jamaica 1-2 finish in the event on Wednesday night (3). Read also: Letsile Tebogo breaks own World U20 record with 9.91 to take world title in Cali
Clayton, who won the title in the last edition in Nairobi, Kenya, last summer, totally outclassed her fellow competitors again here at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Cali, after blasting from the blocks and then build a sizable margin between herself and the rest of the field on her way to dominating the contest.
“I feel really good,” Clayton said after retaining her title. “I didn’t have any record in mind or any personal best, but I worked hard, and the success has come.”
Clayton came into the World Athletics U20 Championships 2022 as the clear favorite to win the gold medal after clocking 10.96 seconds to win at the Jamaica National Championships in Kingston, in June.
Her fellow Jamaican compatriot and high school training partner, Serena Cole collected the silver medal with a time of 11.14 seconds, while USA’s Shawnti Jackson improved her personal best again when running 11.15 secs to secure the bronze medal.
“Coming out, my mindset wasn’t about a personal best or championship record, it was to defend my title,” said Clayton.
“I didn’t feel any pressure. I have all the confidence that I put in the work and I trusted my coach (Michael Dyke).”
N’Ketia Seedo set another Netherlands national U20 record with 11.15 to just finish outside the medal positions when crossing the finish line in fourth place.
Tima Seikeseye Godbless of Nigeria was fifth in a time of 11.19, while there was a South African national U20 record for Viwe Jingqi who clocked 11.23 in sixth place.
U20 World Athletics Championships women’s 100m final results
|1||JAM||Tina CLAYTON||10.95 CR|
|3||USA||Shawnti JACKSON||11.15 PB|
|4||NED||N’Ketia SEEDO||11.15 NU20R|
|5||NGR||Tima Seikeseye GODBLESS||11.19|
|6||RSA||Viwe JINGQI||11.23 NU20R|