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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 July 2005, 22:57 GMT 23:57 UK
Aryeetey secures historic double
Athletics news
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey became the first sprinter in the six-year history of the World Youth Championships to land the 100m-200m double in Morocco on Sunday.

The 16-year-old Briton followed up Thursday's 100m win with a blistering 20.91 seconds - a world best over the distance this year - in the 200m.

Runner-up Cuba's Jorge Valcarcel, and third-placed Matteo Galvan of Italy, both ran personal bests.

But their respective times of 21.08 and 21.14 were no match for the Briton.

Aikines-Aryeetey is the second UK world youth champion over 200m - Tim Benjamin, now an international 400m runner, won the title in 1999.

The Carshalton youngster said: "I just can't believe it.

"On Saturday I was a bit tired but felt a lot better this time. I ran a quick bend and I didn't really see anyone.

"My coach had told me hit the first 120m hard which I did. Then I saw the Cuban alongside and just drove even harder.

"It's just amazing. I had so much lactic, I knew I was going to do something special and I just can't believe that I ran 20.91.

"I suppose I've made history," added last year's Commonwealth Youth Games runner-up. "And I've got to be happy with two medals."

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14 Jul 05 |  Athletics

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