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Wednesday, 18 October, 2000, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Lewis-Francis sizzling in Santiago
Mark Lewis-Francis
Lewis-Francis in scorching form at junior championships
British sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis set a blistering pace as he cruised through the 100m quarter-finals in the junior championships in Santiago.

The Birchfield Harrier runner clocked a brilliant 10.13 seconds, just 0.07 secs outside the world junior record and is the fastest time recorded in a junior race in the world this year.

The teenage running sensation had the opportunity to compete in the Sydney Olympics but decided to concentrate on winning gold at the junior championships.

Lewis-Francis' pace was such that the next three sprinters behind him all recorded personal or season's bests.

Rivals

Trinidad and Tobago's Darrel Brown was second in 10.34, with Fabrice Calligny (France) and Khaled Youssef Al-Obaidli (Qatar) following close behind.


Everything's going to plan. Perhaps I can go faster
Mark Lewis-Francis

"That felt good," Lewis-Francis enthused after the race.

"I was very nervous. I've been trying to take it easily, but I'm looking forward to (the semi-final) tomorrow now.

"Everything's going to plan. Perhaps I can go faster."

Fellow Briton Tyrone Edgar suffered agony in his quarter-final, finishing fifth in 10.62 seconds to miss a place in the semi-finals by just one-hundredth of a second after qualifying comfortably in the first round.

British runner Donna Maylor went out at the quarter-final stage, finishing eighth in her heat in 12.22 seconds.

Elsewhere on the running track, Uganda's Dorcus Inzikuru landed the first gold medal of the world junior athletics championships when she won the women's 5,000 metres.

Inzikuru, 18, took the first ever global championship for a Ugandan woman in a slow, tactical race as she eventually out-sprinted Meseret Defar of Ethiopia in the final straight to win in 16 minutes 21.32 seconds.

Germany's Kathleen Kluge, a 17-year-old from Halle, took the gold medal in the shotput with a career best of 17.37 metres.

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