Russell pleased with massive PB

July 21, 2016
Christopher Taylor (right) wins his heat of 400 metres ahead of Kazuki Matsukiyo of Japan at the World Under 20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Collin Reid
Shannon Kalawan (right) jumps hurdles ahead of Mariam Abdul-Rashid of Canada and places second in her heat of the 400m hurdles at the World Under 20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Collin Reid Photo
Shannon Kalawan (right) jumps hurdles ahead of Mariam Abdul-Rashid of Canada and places second in her heat of the 400m hurdles at the World Under 20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Collin Reid Photo
Christopher Taylor (right) wins his heat of 400 metres ahead of Kazuki Matsukiyo of Japan at the World Under 20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Collin Reid
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After watching his teammate Damion Thomas crashing out of the hurdles in his semi-final, young Calabar High School student Dejour Russell, produced a massive personal best and world leading 13.20 seconds to win his semi-final of the Boy's 110 metres hurdles and advance to today's final with the fastest time.

Russell had to endure two delays with the race being called over twice due to South African, Thabo Maganylee being shown the yellow card then the red card.

Getting one of his better starts in his short hurdling career over 99 centimetres, Russell took control of the race at the fifth hurdle before pulling away from his rivals for his massive win.

Naturally he was very elated.

"I must first thank those at the house where we stayed who motivated me a lot and after seeing Damion crashing out in his race I was very motivated because he is someone who always motivated me," said Russell, who came to the Championships with a previous best of 13.55 seconds.

Thomas, who was a medal favourite, failed to negotiate the first barrier and was very disappointed.

"This is what I have been working all year for," he said.

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