2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics

2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics

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The 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics is the 2006 version of the World Junior Championships in Athletics. It was held from August 15 to 20, 2006 at the Chaoyang Sports Center in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China.

The Championships were dominated by the host nation China, and Kenya. The United States showed a near complete domination in the relay events. Estonia won four gold medals; their first medals ever at the World Junior Championships.




Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
Great Britain Great Britain
10.37 SB Justyn Warner
Canada Canada
10.39 Yohan Blake
Jamaica Jamaica
Remaldo Rose, bronze medalist in 2004, finished fourth. The initial qualification round saw national junior records established for Liberia, Ecuador, Azerbaijan, Cayman Islands, Serbia, Kiribati and the Northern Mariana Islands.
200 m Marek Niit
Estonia Estonia
20.96 NJ Brian Barnett
Canada Canada
21.00 Alexander Nelson
Great Britain Great Britain
The original winner, Dmytro Ostrovsky of Ukraine, was disqualified for stepping in another lane. The initial qualification round saw national junior records established for Gibraltar and Ecuador.
400 m Renny Quow
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
45.74 PB Justin Oliver
United States United States
45.78 PB Martyn Rooney
Great Britain Great Britain
800 m David Rudisha
Kenya Kenya
1:47.40 Jackson Kivuna
Kenya Kenya
1:47.64 Abraham Chepkirwok
Uganda Uganda
1500 m Remmy Ndiwa
Kenya Kenya
3:40.44 SB Abdelati Iguider
Morocco Morocco
3:40.73 Belal Mansoor Ali
Bahrain Bahrain
Iguider was the reigning champion and championship record holder. Tsegai Tewelde of Eritrea, who finished fifth, established national junior records twice during the competition.
5000 m Tariku Bekele
Ethiopia Ethiopia
13:31.34 Abreham Cherkos Feleke
Ethiopia Ethiopia
13:35.95 Joseph Ebuya
Kenya Kenya
Tariku Bekele, the younger brother of World and Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, won a bronze medal in 2004. Ebuya already had a silver medal from the 10 000 m.
10 000 m Ibrahim Jeilan
Ethiopia Ethiopia
28:53.29 Joseph Ebuya
Kenya Kenya
28:53.46 PB Aadam Ismaeel Khamis
Bahrain Bahrain
28:54.30 NJ
National junior records were also established for Eritrea and Burundi.
110 m H 99.0 cm Artur Noga
Poland Poland
13.23 CR Samuel Coco-Viloin
France France
13.35 NJ Konstadinos Douvalidis
Greece Greece
13.39 NJ
The hurdle height had been reduced from 106.7 cm to 99.0 cm, thus allowing championship records in all three rounds of the competition. The world's fasters juniors in 2006, Dennis Martin and Darius Reed of the United States, failed to succeed.
400 m H Chris Carter
United States United States
50.08 Bandar Shraheli
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
50.34 PB Stanislav Melnykov
Ukraine Ukraine
50.43 PB
Carter took the only individual gold medal for the United States. During the competition, national junior records were set for Togo and the Netherlands.
3000 m St. Willy Komen
Kenya Kenya
8:14.00 CR Bisluke Kiplagat
Kenya Kenya
8:18.11 PB Abdelghani Aït Bahmad
Morocco Morocco
8:20.05 NJ
Komen beat the previous championship record by 2.34 seconds. Tareq Mubarak Taher of Bahrain originally finished second, but his performance was later annulled due to age cheating.[1]
10000 m track walk Bo Xiangdong
China China
42:50.26 Huang Zhengyu
China China
43:13.29 PB Yusuke Suzuki
Japan Japan
4 X 100 m Jamaica Jamaica
Winston Barnes
Remaldo Rose
Cawayne Jervis
Yohan Blake
39.05 WJL United States United States
Evander Wells
Gordon N. McKenzie
Willie Perry
Brandon Myers
39.21 SB Great Britain Great Britain
Rion Pierre
Alexander Nelson
Wade Bennett-Jackson
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
39.24 SB
National junior records for Canada, Cayman Islands, Chinese Taipei and Singapore in the initial heats. Germany and Nigeria fumbled in the final and did not finish; however neither were ever in medal position.
4 X 400 m United States United States
Quentin Summers
Justin Oliver
Bryshon Nellum
Chris Carter
3:03.76 WJL Russia Russia
Maksim Dyldin
Dmitriy Buryak
Vyacheslav Sakaev
Anton Kokorin
3:05.13 NJ Great Britain Great Britain
Chris Clarke
Grant Baker
Kris Robertson
Martyn Rooney
3:05.49 SB
Kenya in fourth set a national junior record of 3:05.54 minutes, with 800 metres medalists Kivuna and Rudisha on the last two laps, thereby improving their own record from the heats. Belgium and Czech Republic too set new NJs in the heats.
High jump Huang Haiqiang
China China
2.32 WJL Niki Palli
Iceland Iceland
2.29 Bohdan Bondarenko
Ukraine Ukraine
2.26 PB
Huang, helped by an enthusiastic home crowd, improved his personal best by 4 cm to overcome pre-event favorite Palli. Oleksandr Nartov of Ukraine, a medal prospect with a personal best of 2.26 m, exited at 2.10 in the qualification round.
Pole vault Germán Chiaraviglio
Argentina Argentina
5.71 CR Yang Yansheng
China China
5.54 PB Leonid Kivalov
Russia Russia
Chiaraviglio, the reigning silver medalist, improved the championship record by 6 cm. The athletes who placed from 4th to 9th all failed to clear 5.36 m.
Long jump Robert Crowther
Australia Australia
8.00 AJ Antone Belt
United States United States
7.95 PB Zhang Xiaoyi
China China
Zhang was the world junior leader in 2006 with 8.17 metres. Mohammad Arzandeh of Iran, who set a national record, briefly held a medal position. Medal contenders such as Konstantin Safronov and Chris Noffke failed to qualify for the final.
Triple jump Benjamin Compaoré
France France
16.61 WJL Hugo Chila
Ecuador Ecuador
16.49 Zhong Minwei
China China
Shot put 6 kg Margus Hunt
Estonia Estonia
20.53 WJL Mostafa Abdul El-Moaty
Egypt Egypt
20.14 Guo Yanxiang
China China
Discus throw gold medalist Hunt emerged as a complete surprise, having a personal best of 18.61 m before the competition. He became the first athlete to win the gold both in shot and discus, after Rutger Smith won a gold and a bronze in 2000. Pre-event favorites such as Carlos Véliz, Sourabh Vij and Jan Petrus Hoffman all failed to break the 20-metre barrier in the final. National records were established for Kuwait and Uzbekistan.
Discus 1,75 kg Margus Hunt
Estonia Estonia
67.32 WJ Mohammad Samimi
Iran Iran
63.00 NJ Martin Wierig
Germany Germany
62.17 PB
Hunt had established a new world junior record of 66.35 metres at 9:00 AM on the opening day. In the final, he improved it to 66.68 and then 67.32. It was the first WJC gold medal for Estonia. With 63.00 m in the final round, Samimi skipped from fourth to second, improving the result of Ehsan Hadadi who won a gold medal for Iran with 62.14 m in 2004. The qualification round saw a national junior record for Samoa.
Hammer 6 kg Yevgeniy Aydamirov
Russia Russia
78.42 CR Kristóf Németh
Hungary Hungary
78.39 Marcel Lomnický
Slovenia Slovenia
77.06 NJ
In the qualification round Yury Shayunou of Belarus set a new championship record with 76.76 metres, beating 76.43 m from 2002. Aydamirov however, with a personal best of 82.60 metres, improved this record in the final but was seriously threatened by Németh who trailed 3 centimetres behind from the second round on. Shayunou eventually finished fourth in 76.95 metres, a national junior record, and Turkmenistan and China too got new national junior records.
Javelin John Robert Oosthuizen
South Africa South Africa
83.07 CR Ari Mannio
Finland Finland
77.26 Roman Avramenko
Ukraine Ukraine
76.01 PB
Oosthuizen broke the championship record from 1996 of 79.78 metres in his second throw, and went unchallenged through the competition. New national junior records were also established for Tunisia, Serbia, Fiji (twice) and Paraguay.
Decathlon Arkadiy Vasilyev
Russia Russia
8059 Yordani García
Cuba Cuba
7850 Jordan Vandermade
New Zealand New Zealand
Vasilyev set a championship record as the 99.0 cm hurdles were used for the very first time. Interestingly, García finished behind his personal best in the tougher men's decathlon event, where he has 7880 points.

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Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m Tezdzhan Naimova
Bulgaria Bulgaria
11.28 Gabby Mayo
United States United States
11.42 Carrie Russell
Jamaica Jamaica
World junior leader Alexandria Anderson finished sixth. The initial qualification round saw national junior records established for Singapore, Chad and the Marshall Islands.
200 m Tezdzhan Naimova
Bulgaria Bulgaria
22.99 PB Vanda Gomes
Brazil Brazil
23.59 SB Ewelina Klocek
Poland Poland
23.63 PB
Naimova, taking her second gold medal at the Championships, was virtually unchallenged. World junior leader Gabby Mayo finished sixth.
400 m Danijela Grgić
Croatia Croatia
50.78 WJL Sonita Sutherland
Jamaica Jamaica
51.42 Nawal El Jack
Sudan Sudan
51.67 SB
Sutherland was also the silver medalist of the 2004 edition. Two Zambian junior records were established in the qualifying rounds.
800 m Olga Cristea
Moldova Moldova
2:04.52 SB Winny Chebet
Kenya Kenya
2:04.59 PB Rebekah Noble
United States United States
Cristea won the first World Championships title of any kind for Moldova.
1500 m Irene Jelagat
Kenya Kenya
4:08.88 PB Mercy Kosgei
Kenya Kenya
4:12.48 Yuriko Kobayashi
Japan Japan
During the competition, national junior records were set for Serbia (twice) and Eritrea.
3000 m Veronica Wanjiru
Kenya Kenya
9:02.90 SB Pauline Korikwiang
Kenya Kenya
9:05.21 Song Liwei
China China
9:06.35 PB
5000 m Xue Fei
China China
15:31.61 PB Florence Kiplagat
Kenya Kenya
15:32.34 PB Mary Ngugi
Kenya Kenya
15:36.82 PB
3000 m St. Caroline Tuigong
Kenya Kenya
9:40.95 CR Ancuţa Bobocel
Romania Romania
9:46.19 AJR Mekdes Bekele Tadese
Ethiopia Ethiopia
The winner ran barefoot. Bobocel successfully defended her silver medal from the 2004 edition. Additional national records were set by Latvian fourth-place finisher Polina Jelizarova as well as for Portugal, France and Algeria in the heats.
100 m H Yekaterina Shtepa
Russia Russia
13.33 WJL Christina Vukicevic
Norway Norway
13.34 NJ Tiffany Ofili
United States United States
13.37 PB
400 m H Kaliese Spencer
Jamaica Jamaica
55.11 WJL Nicole Leach
United States United States
55.55 Sherene Pinnock
Jamaica Jamaica
56.67 PB
Pinnock was also the bronze medalist in the 2004 edition.
10,000 m track walk Liu Hong
China China
45:12.84 PB Tatyana Shemyakina
Russia Russia
45:34.41 Anamaria Greceanu
Romania Romania
46:45.67 PB
4 X 100 m United States United States
Jeneba Tarmoh
Alexandria Anderson
Elizabeth Olear
Gabby Mayo
43.49 France France
Johanna Danois
Emilie Gaydu
Joellie Baflan
Céline Distel
44.20 Jamaica Jamaica
Naffene Briscoe
Anasthasia Leroy
Carrie Russell
Schillonie Calvert
44.22 SB
The American team equalled their winning result from 2004. Calvert won her second bronze medal for Jamaica, having competed on the relay team in 2004 as well. National junior records for Norway and Slovenia as well as a South American junior record by Brazil were established in the heats.
4 X 400 m United States United States
Jessica Beard
Brandi Cross
Sa'de Williams
Nicole Leach
3:29.01 WJL Nigeria Nigeria
Folashade Abugan
Ajoke Odumosu
Joy Eze
Sekinat Adesanya
3:30.84 AJ Jamaica Jamaica
Latoya McDermott
Sherene Pinnock
Sonita Sutherland
Kaliese Spencer
3:31.62 SB
Both Pinnock and Sutherland won relay bronze medals in 2004. The Nigerian team had already set an African junior record in the heats with 3:33.00 minutes after a sprint duel with Jamaica. The final also saw an Asian junior record by the Chinese team in fourth place.
High jump Svetlana Radzivil
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
1.91 NJ Zheng Xingjuan
China China
1.88 Annett Engel
Germany Germany
Yekaterina Yevseyeva
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Five athletes, among them a medal favorite Viktoria Leks, ended at 1.84 metres, two of whom shared the podium for the bronze medal.
Pole vault Zhou Yang
China China
4.30 PB Tina Šutej
Slovenia Slovenia
4.25 NJ Vicky Parnov
Australia Australia
Reigning champion and favorite Lisa Ryzih exited early in the final after failing all three attempts at her opening height of 4.00 metres. The 2006 world junior leader, Valeriya Volik of Russia, finished fourth.
Long jump Rhonda Watkins
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
6.46 Anika Leipold
Germany Germany
6.42 Zhang Yuan
China China
Triple jump Kaire Leibak
Estonia Estonia
14.43 WJL Sha Li
China China
14.01 PB Liliya Kulyk
Ukraine Ukraine
14.01 PB
Before the competition Leibak held the world junior leading mark with 13.96 metres, which was improved by Sha Li with 13.97 m in the qualification round. Leibak was in the lead throughout the final, but with 14.05 metres from the fourth round she was threatened by Sha and Kulyk, who both jumped 14.01 m in the fifth round. In the sixth round, however, both challengers failed to improve while Leibak jumped 14.43 metres, only 9 centimetres behind the world junior record. Patrícia Mamona in fourth place established a Portuguese junior record with 13.37 metres; a new Spanish junior record was also set in the final.
Shot put Melissa Boekelman
Netherlands Netherlands
17.66 PB Denise Hinrichs
Germany Germany
17.35 Irina Tarasova
Russia Russia
17.11 PB
The shot put was the first final of the Championships. Simoné du Toit in fourth established a new African junior record with 16.95 metres.
Discus Dani Samuels
Australia Australia
60.63 WJL Pan Saili
China China
57.40 SB Tan Jian
China China
With 60.22 metres from the first round, Samuels went unthreatened throughout the competition. Annelies Peetroons in fourth place set a new Belgian junior record.
Hammer Bianca Perie
Romania Romania
67.38 CR Anna Bulgakova
Russia Russia
65.73 Hao Shuai
China China
Perie became the first World Youth champion from 2005 to win a gold medal in Beijing. The new championships record was an improvement of Marina Smolyachkova's 66.81 metres from 2004. Zalina Marghiev of Moldova was in bronze medal position until the final round.
Javelin Sandra Schaffarzik
Germany Germany
60.45 CR Vira Rebryk
Ukraine Ukraine
57.79 NJ Marharyta Dorozhon
Ukraine Ukraine
57.68 PB
Reigning champion Vivian Zimmer, who held the previous championship record with 58.50 metres, finished in seventh place. Like in the men's javelin competition, the winner was never challenged.
Heptathlon Tatyana Chernova
Russia Russia
6227 WJL Ida Marcussen
Norway Norway
6020 NJ Yana Panteleyeva
Russia Russia
A close competition for the silver and bronze medals saw Marcussen prevail despite finishing behind Iryna Ilkevych of Ukraine in the 800 metres race. Ilkevych ended in fourth place with a national junior record of 5952 points. The winning score of 5868 from 2004 would only have been good enough for a fifth place in 2006.

AR Area record | CR championship record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB/PR personal best/record | SB seasonal best | WL world leading (in a given season) | WR world record

Medals table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Kenya Kenya 6 7 2 15
2 China China 5 5 7 17
3 United States United States 4 5 2 11
4 Russia Russia 4 3 3 10
5 Estonia Estonia 4 0 0 4
6 Jamaica Jamaica 2 1 5 8
7 Ethiopia Ethiopia 2 1 1 4
8 Australia Australia 2 0 1 3
9 Bulgaria Bulgaria 2 0 0 2
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2
11 Germany Germany 1 2 2 5
12 France France 1 2 0 3
13 Romania Romania 1 1 1 3
14 Great Britain Great Britain 1 0 4 5
15 Poland Poland 1 0 1 2
16 Argentina Argentina 1 0 0 1
Croatia Croatia 1 0 0 1
Moldova Moldova 1 0 0 1
Netherlands Netherlands 1 0 0 1
South Africa South Africa 1 0 0 1
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1
22 Canada Canada 0 2 0 2
Norway Norway 0 2 0 2
24 Ukraine Ukraine 0 1 5 6
25 Morocco Morocco 0 1 1 2
26 Brazil Brazil 0 1 0 1
Cuba Cuba 0 1 0 1
Ecuador Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Egypt Egypt 0 1 0 1
Finland Finland 0 1 0 1
Hungary Hungary 0 1 0 1
Israel Israel 0 1 0 1
Iran Iran 0 1 0 1
Nigeria Nigeria 0 1 0 1
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 0 1 0 1
Slovenia Slovenia 0 1 0 1
37 Bahrain Bahrain 0 0 2 2
Japan Japan 0 0 2 2
39 Greece Greece 0 0 1 1
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
New Zealand New Zealand 0 0 1 1
Slovakia Slovakia 0 0 1 1
Sudan Sudan 0 0 1 1
Uganda Uganda 0 0 1 1

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