SINGAPORE - It was a strong day for Team USA on the track Wednesday, with all five U.S. athletes posting strong performances and qualifying for Sunday's finals at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Day two at the Bishan Stadium saw U.S. athletes in action in the girls 100 meter, boys 2000 meter steeplechase, girls shot put, and the girls and boys javelin.
In the girls 100 meter, Myasia Jacobs (Paterson, N.J.) won her heat in 11.74, which was the second fastest time of the day behind Fany Chalas of the Dominican Republic (11.70).
I was happy that I made it to the finals, but I wasn't happy with my time, because I was hoping to go under 11.5, Jacobs said, whose personal best is 11.44. I'm going to try to go 11.2 in the finals. My coach (Dustin Thomas) picked it as a good goal because I did 11.44 by cruising, staying relaxed. I haven't peaked yet, so he knows I have a little more in me. Plus, in the finals, everyone's going to push me. I like running with competition.
I came here to get a gold, she added. It would mean I accomplished everything I wanted for this season. It would mean a lot to me because this is an international meet.
Devin Bogert's (Tomball, Texas) first throw on the javelin runway was enough to get him into the final, placing him third for the day at 74.24. He chose not to throw his remaining three attempts in order to save his energy for Sunday.
I was a little nervous, but I was excited to finally get to compete, Bogert said. My goal was to try to get somewhere around 75 so I could save myself for the final. My technique was pretty good on my first throw, so I'm feeling pretty confident. I want to really see what I can do in the final. My goal here is to get a medal, to get on the podium. It would show that all of my hard work paid off.
Leading the field with a throw of 77.27 was Braian Toledo of Argentina, the current World Youth record holder. Bogert last competed against Toledo at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Italy, where the American finished seventh, and the Argentinean, third. One of Bogert's personal coaches, his father David, is in Singapore lending a hand to the youth Olympian in his attempt to reach the YOG podium.
In other field action, Hannah Carson (Chandler, Ariz.) finished fifth in the girls javelin with a throw of 48.54, and Sarah Howard (Dublin, Ga.) finished seventh in the shot put, recording 13.87. In the boys 2,000 meter steeplechase, Daniel Wong (Tucson, Ariz.) posted a personal best of 6:05.92 to finish eighth.
More than 500 young athletes from 170 countries are participating in the track & field competition at the YOG. All field events consist of a qualification and finals, and all track events consist of round one and finals except for the race walks and relays which will be straight finals.
Team USA wraps up qualifications on Thursday. Competing for the U.S. will be:
· Olivia Ekpone (Germantown, Md.) and Brandon Sanders (Columbia, S.C.) in the 200 meters
· Amber Bryant-Brock (Powder Springs,Ga.) and Gregory Coleman (San Antonio, Texas) in the 400 meter hurdles
· Claudia Francis (Laurelton, N.Y.) in the 1,000 meters
· Shelby Ashe (Stone Mountain, Ga.) in the hammer throw, and
· Reese Watson (Springs, Texas) in boys pole vault
Race walker Tyler Sorenson (Lafayette, Calif.) goes straight to the 10,000 meter final.The YOG track & field finals will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, through Monday, Aug. 23.
Athletics, Girls Shot Put Qualification
- Anna Wloka (POL) 15.77
- Siyu Gu (CHN) 15.71
- Natalia Trenova (RUS) 15.06
- Sarah Howard (USA) 13.87
Athletics, Girls Javelin Qualification
- Lismania Munoz Barcelay (CUB) 51.29
- Christin Hussong (GER) 49.96
- Eva Vivod (SLO) 49.49
- Hannah Carson (USA) 48.54
Athletics, Girls 100m Qualification, Heat 1
- Myasia Jacobs (USA) 11.74
- Rebekka Haase (GER) 11.90
- Darnetia Robinson (IVB) 12.04
Athletics, Boys Javelin Qualification
- Braian Toledo (ARG) 77.27
- Marius Simanavicius (LTU) 76.17
- Devin Bogert (USA) 74.24
Athletics, Boys 2000m Steeplechase
- Habtamu Fayisa (ETH) 5:38.62
- Peter Matheka Mutuku (KEN) 5:38.72
- Zakaria Kiprotich (UGA) 5:44.51
- Daniel Wong (USA) 6:05.92