Schedue of Kayla and Zion at World Junior Athletics Champioship
Fil-foreign tracksters Kayla Richardson and Zion Corrales-Nelson will don the Philippine colors at the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA from July 22-27.
First to see action is 16 year-old Kayla Richardson at tomorrow’s 100m dash preliminary run. Her event is scheduled at 18:30 p.m. (July 22) which is 9:30am (July 23) Manila time. She will be running in lane 5 of heat 1 with seed time of 11.78.
Richardson has the 6th fastest time among 8 runners in heat 1; and only top 3 finishers in each heat will advance to the next day’s semifinals, plus the next 3 fastest times.
With 7 heats in the women’s 100m run, there will be a total of 24 runners who will advance to the semifinals scheduled on July 24, 9:00am Manila time.
But before the women’s 200m dash semifinals, Zion Corrales-Neslon will be seeing action at the women’s 400m run preliminary scheduled at 12:35pm Manila time.
Then both Kayla and Zion will then be seeing action at the preliminary heats of the women’s 200m dash at 11:35 p.m. Manila Time.
Semifinal rounds for the women’s 200m dash is scheduled 7:10 a.m (July 25) Manila time, while the semifinal rounds for the women’s 400m dash is at 8:05 a.m, same day.
It would be a busy day for Zion on July 25 if she makes it to the semifinal round in both the 200m and 400m run.
Both Kayla’s and Zion’s participation at this year’s World Junior Athletics Championship is via achieving the qualifying times of the prestigious junior world championship.
Kayla has beaten the 11.96 seconds qualifying time in the 100m dash after running her best time of 11.78.
Kayla and Zion have also surpassed the 200m dash qualifying time of 24.56, with their times of 24.03 and 24.35 respectively.
On the other hand, Zion’s Philippine national record of 54.18 in the women’s 400m dash has surpassed the 55.25 seconds qualifying mark in the said event.
Their World Junior stint is their second time to don the Philippine colors.
Kayla first represented in Philippines at last year’s Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China; while Zion first represented Philippines this year at the Athletics Youth Olympic Games qualifying meet in Bangkok.
Both Kayla and Zion are touted to be the next Lydia de Vega of the Philippines.
Expect both 16-year-old tracksters to break Lydia de Vega’s 100m dash record of 11.28 seconds and 200m dash record of 23.35 seconds.
Zion has already registered her first national record, after erasing Jennyrose Rosales’ 400m dash record of 54.65 seconds.
Rosales was the one who broke Lydia de Vega’s 54.75 seconds 400m dash record last year.