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2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics


2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics

The 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics is the 2006 version of the World Junior Championships in Athletics. It was held from 15 August to 20 August at the Chaoyang Sports Centre 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.


  • Results 1
    • Men 1.1
    • Women 1.2
  • Medals table 2
  • References 3



Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
 Great Britain
10.37 SB Justyn Warner
10.39 Yohan Blake
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 metres Marek Niit
20.96 NJ Bryan Barnett
21.00 Alexander Nelson
 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 metres Renny Quow
 Trinidad and Tobago
45.74 PB Justin Oliver
 United States
45.78 PB Martyn Rooney
 Great Britain
800 metres David Rudisha
1:47.40 Jackson Kivuna
1:47.64 Abraham Chepkirwok
1500 metres Remmy Ndiwa
3:40.44 SB Abdalaati Iguider
3:40.73 Belal Mansoor Ali
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 metres Tariku Bekele
13:31.34 Abreham Cherkos
13:35.95 Joseph Ebuya
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 metres Ibrahim Jeilan
28:53.29 Joseph Ebuya
28:53.46 PB Aadam Ismaeel Khamis
28:54.30 NJ
National junior records were also established for Eritrea and Burundi.
110 metres hurdles 99.0 cm Artur Noga
13.23 CR Samuel Coco-Viloin
13.35 NJ Konstadinos Douvalidis
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 fastest juniors in 2006, Dennis Martin and Darius Reed of the United States, failed to succeed.
400 metres hurdles Chris Carter
 United States
50.08 Bandar Sharahili
 Saudi Arabia
50.34 PB Stanislav Melnykov
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
8:14.00 CR Bisluke Kiplagat
8:18.11 PB Abdelghani Aït Bahmad
8:20.05 NJ
Komen beat the previous championship record by 2.34 seconds. Tareq Mubarak Taher of Bahrain originally finished second, but was disqualified for age cheating.[1]
10,000 m track walk Bo Xiangdong
42:50.26 Huang Zhengyu
43:13.29 PB Yusuke Suzuki
4×100 metres relay  Jamaica
Winston Barnes
Remaldo Rose
Cawayne Jervis
Yohan Blake
39.05 WJL  United States
Evander Wells
Gordon McKenzie
Willie Perry
Brandon Myers
39.21 SB  United Kingdom
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.
4×400 metres relay  United States
Quentin Summers
Justin Oliver
Bryshon Nellum
Chris Carter
3:03.76 WJL  Russia
Maksim Dyldin
Dmitriy Buryak
Vyacheslav Sakaev
Anton Kokorin
3:05.13 NJ  United Kingdom
Chris Clarke
Grant Baker
Kris Robertson
Martyn Rooney
3:05.49 SB
Kenya, in fourth set a national junior record of 3:05.54, 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
2.32 WJL Niki Palli
2.29 Bohdan Bondarenko
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
5.71 CR Yang Yansheng
5.54 PB Leonid Kivalov
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
8.00 AJ Antone Belt
 United States
7.95 PB Zhang Xiaoyi
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
16.61 WJL Hugo Chila
16.49 Zhong Minwei
Shot put 6 kg Margus Hunt
20.53 WJL Mostafa Abdul El-Moaty
20.14 Guo Yanxiang
Discus throw gold medalist Hunt emerged as a complete surprise, having a personal best of 18.61 metres 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 throw 1.75 kg Margus Hunt
67.32 WJL Mohammad Samimi
63.00 NJ Martin Wierig
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 Haddadi who won a gold medal for Iran with 62.14 m in 2004. The qualification round saw a national junior record for Samoa.
Hammer throw 6 kg Yevgeniy Aydamirov
78.42 CR Kristóf Németh
78.39 Marcel Lomnický
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 throw John Robert Oosthuizen
 South Africa
83.07 CR Ari Mannio
77.26 Roman Avramenko
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
8059 Yordanis García
7850 Jordan Vandermade
 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.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m Tezdzhan Naimova
11.28 Gabby Mayo
 United States
11.42 Carrie Russell
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
22.99 PB Vanda Gomes
23.59 SB Ewelina Klocek
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
50.78 WJL Sonita Sutherland
51.42 Nawal El Jack
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
2:04.52 SB Winny Chebet
2:04.59 PB Rebekah Noble
 United States
Cristea won the first World Championships title of any kind for Moldova.
1500 m Irene Jelagat
4:08.88 PB Mercy Kosgei
4:12.48 Yuriko Kobayashi
During the competition, national junior records were set for Serbia (twice) and Eritrea.
3000 m Veronica Wanjiru
9:02.90 SB Pauline Korikwiang
9:05.21 Song Liwei
9:06.35 PB
5000 m Xue Fei
15:31.61 PB Florence Kiplagat
15:32.34 PB Mary Ngugi
15:36.82 PB
3000 m St. Caroline Tuigong
9:40.95 CR Ancuța Bobocel
9:46.19 AJR Mekdes Bekele Tadese
The winner ran barefoot. Bobocel successfully defended her silver medal from the 2004 edition. Additional national records were set by Latvian fourth-place finisher Poļina Jeļizarova as well as for Portugal, France and Algeria in the heats.
100 m H Yekaterina Shtepa
13.33 WJL Christina Vukicevic
13.34 NJ Tiffany Ofili
 United States
13.37 PB
400 m H Kaliese Spencer
55.11 WJL Nicole Leach
 United States
55.55 Sherene Pinnock
56.67 PB
Pinnock was also the bronze medalist in the 2004 edition.
10,000 m track walk Liu Hong
45:12.84 PB Tatyana Shemyakina
45:34.41 Anamaria Greceanu
46:45.67 PB
4 × 100 m relay  United States
Jeneba Tarmoh
Alexandria Anderson
Elizabeth Olear
Gabby Mayo
43.49  France
Johanna Danois
Emilie Gaydu
Joellie Baflan
Céline Distel
44.20  Jamaica
Naffene Briscoe
Anastasia Le-Roy
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 × 400 m relay  United States
Jessica Beard
Brandi Cross
Sa'de Williams
Nicole Leach
3:29.01 WJL  Nigeria
Folashade Abugan
Ajoke Odumosu
Joy Eze
Sekinat Adesanya
3:30.84 AJ  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
1.91 NJ Zheng Xingjuan
1.88 Annett Engel
Yekaterina Yevseyeva
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
4.30 PB Tina Šutej
4.25 NJ Vicky Parnov
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
6.46 Anika Leipold
6.42 Zhang Yuan
Triple jump Kaire Leibak
14.43 WJL Sha Li
14.01 PB Liliya Kulyk
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
17.66 PB Denise Hinrichs
17.35 Irina Tarasova
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
60.63 WJL Pan Saili
57.40 SB Tan Jian
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
67.38 CR Anna Bulgakova
65.73 Hao Shuai
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
60.45 CR Vira Rebryk
57.79 NJ Marharyta Dorozhon
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
6227 WJL Ida Marcussen
6020 NJ Yana Panteleyeva
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.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

Medals table

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


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