Liberia’s junior sprinter, Lassana Tarawally, made his World Junior Championships debut on Monday, August 1, in the men’s 100m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Tarawally missed out on advancing to the semifinals after finishing 8th in Heat 8 with a time of 11.39, which is his personal best so far.
The Heat was won by Muhd Azeem Fahmi of Malaysia, who finished in 10.09 seconds, setting a national record.
Tarawally finished in the 58th position out of 60 competitors in the overall rankings.
Trawally was selected by the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), the governing local body of athletics (track and field) in Liberia.
During the last edition of the junior athletics championships held in Kenya 2022, Liberia was represented by another athlete, Arthur Quaqua, who also missed out on the semifinals of the men’s 100m.
Quaqua finished last in his heat with a time 11.37.
The home-based athletes have over the period been good at the regional and continental level, winning several medals, but continue to struggle on the global scene.
The World Athletics U20 Championships is a biennial world championship for the sport of athletics, organized by the World Athletics, and contested by athletes in the under-20 age category (19 years old or younger).
The competition was launched as the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in 1986 and renamed to IAAF World U20 Championships in November 2015. The current name was adopted with the name change of the sport’s governing body, World Athletics, in 2019.