Tebogo, Clayton claim 100m world under-20 titles in Kenya

Botswana's Letsile Tebogo and Jamaican Tina Clayton clinched gold at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Nairobi with strong performances.

By ZK Goh
Picture by Stafford Ondego

Talk about living up to the hype.

Continuing an impressive breakthrough year, Letsile Tebogo has become the men's 100m world under-20 champion with a strong run in the World Athletics U20 Championships final in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday (19 August).

The 17-year-old from Botswana clocked 10.19 seconds to beat South Africa's Benjamin Richardson (10.28) and Cuban Shainer Rengifo (10.32).

This year, Tebogo has broken his country's national record in the event twice, including in the semi-finals in Nairobi.

In February, he ran a 10.14 in a meet in Gaborone to replace Isaac Makwala as the record-holder, before lowering that mark to 10.11 on Wednesday.

The women's 100m final was comfortably won by Tina Clayton, who stormed to victory by a clear three-tenths.

Jamaican Clayton only turned 17 on Tuesday, and celebrated with the belated birthday present of world under-20 gold as she crossed the line in 11.09 seconds, a new personal best.

Runner-up Beatrice Masilingi of Namibia showed she had no Olympic Games hangover as the Tokyo 2020 200m finalist took silver in 11.39.

Switzerland's Melissa Gutschmidt won bronze (11.51), the first of four runners crossing the line within just three-hundredths of a second of each other.