Following Paula Radcliffe‘s ultimate mark of 2h15:25 remaining as the official women’s marathon world record, there is more good news for British athletes coming from the IAAF quarters as sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis has had his 6.51 secs dash in the 60m in Lisboa over 10 years ago ratified and elevated as the official world U20 Indoor record over the distance.

More precisely, IAAF have moved to approve and combile the first list of World Indoor Junior records, which is illuminated by some top stars like Sanya Richards (-Ross), Heike Daute (-Dreschler), Tirunesh Dibaba, Carolina Kluft and Yuriy Borzakovskiy as seen below.

Lewis-Francis set that mark during his golden and up-and-coming junior days in winning bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Lisboa in 2001 behind American duo Tim Harden (6.44) and later disgraced Tim Montgomery (6.46) in a top-rate showdown.

Among others named is Greek Costas Douvalidis with 7.50 secs in the 60m hurdles, posted in Athens in 2006.

MEN
60m Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR) 6.51 (2001)
200m Walter Dix (USA) 20.37  (2005)
400m Kirani James (GRN) 44.80 (2011)
800m Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS) 1:44.35 (2000)
1000m Abubaker Kaki (SUD) 2:15.77 (2008)
1500m Belal Mansoor Ali (BRN) 3:36.28 (2007)
One Mile German Fernandez (USA) 3:55.02 (2009)
3000m Isaiah Koech (KEN) 7:37.50 (2011)
5000m Isaiah Koech (KEN) 12:53.29 (2011)
60mh Konstadinos Douvalidis (GRE) 7.50 (2006)
HJ Volodymyr Yashchenko (URS) 2.35 (1978)
PV Raphael Holzdeppe (GER) 5.68 (2008)
LJ Viktor Kuznetsov (UKR) 8.22 (2005)
TJ Volker Mai (GDR) 17.14 (1985)
SP (6kg) David Storl (GER) 22.35 (2009)
Hept Eusebio Caceres (ESP) 5984 (2010) (6.94, 7.96, 13.19, 1.96, 7.90, 4.60, 2:51.42)

WOMEN
60m Joan Uduak Ekah (NGR) 7.09 (1999)
200m Bianca Knight (USA) 22.40 (2008)
400m Sanya Richards (USA) 50.82 (2004)
800m Meskerem Legesse (ETH) 2:01.03 (2004)
1000m Diana Richburg (USA) 2:40.1m (1982)
1500m Kalkidan Gezahegne (ETH) 4:03.28 (2010)
One Mile Kalkidan Gezahegne (ETH) 4:24.10 (2010)
3000m Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 8:33.56 (2004)
5000m Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:53.99 (2004)
60mh Ulrike Denk (FRG) 8.06 (1983) & Monique Ewanjé-Epée (FRA) (1986)
HJ Mariya Kuchina (RUS) 1.97 (2011)
PV Angelica Bengtsson (SWE) 4.63 (2011)
LJ Heike Daute (GDR) 6.88 (1983)
TJ Ren Ruiping (CHN) 14.37 (1995)
SP Heidi Krieger (GDR) 20.51 (1984)
Pent Carolina Klüft (SWE) 4535 (2002) (8.49, 1.81, 12.71, 6.24, 2:14.95)

Official list

http://www.iaaf.org/mm/Document/06/28/91/62891_PDF_English.pdf

As concerns the U20 men’s shot, the best known ever performance with the senior implement by a junior indoors belongs to American Terry Albritton with a massive 21.05m in New York way back in 1974.

Further, Costas Douvalidis’s 7.50 secs was performed over the junior 0.99m sticks to be more precise. The fastest ever run by an U20 over the senior hurdles belongs to former Olympic champion Xiang Liu (CHN) who set 7.55 secs in Ghent in 2002.

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