World trip was great learner

Cayman’s youngsters did well at the recent sixth IAAF World Youth Championships in Sudtirol, Italy.

Star performers of the meet were double gold medallist Kirani James of Grenada and Jodie Williams of Great Britain.

James won the boys 200m and 400 metres, making him the first at this level to achieve such a feat. In the process, he set a new record of 45.24 seconds in the 400m.

Williams added her name to the history books as she is the first girl to ever take the 100m and 200m sprint double, winning both events in world leading times.

Cayman athletes Travis Webb, Andrew Perrin and the lone female athlete Gizel Wright had fair results in their events.

Perrin managed fifth in the boys’ 100m heats in a time of 11.32secs, while Wright finished seventh in the girls’ 100m in 12.87secs. Webb equalled his personal best of 2.00m in group A of the boy’s high jump but did not advance to the finals.

The athletes came away with an unforgettable experience. They made friends with fellow athletes from around the world and met Olympic legends at the IAAF sponsored master class clinic for all participants.

In attendance was American Mike Powell, the world record holder in the long jump, Kajsa Bergovist of Sweden – world indoor record holder in the women’s high jump, Kelly Holmes of Great Britain, a double gold medallist in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympics games and Wilson Kipketer of Denmark, world record holder in the 800m.

The main purpose of the clinic was to hear from these legends about a wide range of topics including training, avoiding drugs, and how to make a career in track and field.

These presentations were followed by an interactive session at the warm up track which included demonstrations of various events, tips and training cues, and an autograph and photo session with the stars.

The team was managed by Sana Tugman and coached by Tyrone Yen.

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