Photo Highlights: Jamaican and World Elite Sprinters ‘Set Di Pace’ at U-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia

Earlier this month in Cali, Colombia—the self-proclaimed sports city of the world—over 1,500 athletes hailing from and 145 countries descended upon the Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero (Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium) in pursuit of athletic supremacy and glory over the course of the six day schedule of competition that took place August 1-6.  So too, Jamaica’s top young track and field stars made the trek to compete on the big stage with the world watching.  As it happened, there were top sprinting performances by not only the Jamaican contigent, but also courtesy of Botswanan speedster and 100 meter world record holder, Letsile Tebogo.  And then in the men’s 200 meter dash Final there was an epic photo finish that will be talked about for years to come, as Tebogo was clipped at the line by Israel’s top sprinter—Blessing Afrifah.

Cali, Colombia

2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

 

Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero (Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium) — Cali, Colombia

2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Jamaica’s Tina Clayton and Serena Cole Cruised to Victory in 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final to Advance to Final

Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton in 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton in 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton in 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton in 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole in 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole after 100 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Jamaica’s Tina Clayton Ran a Blistering 10.95 to Clinch Gold and World Title in 100 Meter Final, With Serena Close Behind to Seize Silver

Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton in 100 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton after 100 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton after 100 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton and Serena Cole after 100 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

 

Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Shawnti Jackson and N’Ketia Seedo of the Netherlands after 100 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston Coasted to Victory in 200 Meter Dash Semi-Final to Advance to Final

Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston in 200 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston in 200 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston in 200 Meter Dash Semi-Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston Secured World Title in Decisive Fashion in 200 Meter Final Alongside Alana Reid

Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston in 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston in 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston and Alana Reid after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston and Alana Reid after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team USA’s Shawnti Jackson, Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston and Alana Reid after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team USA’s Shawnti Jackson, Team Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston and Alana Reid after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo Ran a Stunning 9.91 in the 100 Meter Final to Take the Crown as Top World U-20 Sprinter

Team Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo in 100 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Israel’s Blessings Afrifah Clipped Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo in Epic Photo Finish in 200 Meter Final

Team Israel’s Blessing Afrifah after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Israel’s Blessing Afrifah and Team Botswana’s Letsile Tebobo after 200 Meter Dash Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton Laid Down the Gauntlet in 4×100 Meter Dash Relay Final and Shattered World Record in Doing So

Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton in 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton Laid Down the Gauntlet in 4×100 Meter Dash Relay Final and Shattered World Record in Doing So
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton in 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton in 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton in 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton in 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton after 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton after 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Kerrica Hill, and Tina Clayton after 4×100 Meter Final – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton flocked by her fans for photo ops  – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)
Team Jamaica’s Tina Clayton flocked by her fans for photo ops  – 2022 World U-20 Championships (Cali, Colombia)

All photos by Nick Ford, who lives and works in South Florida