Personal bests were unexpected - Russell

July 22, 2017

Freshly minted IAAF World Under-18 100m hurdles champion Dejour Russell said he was very surprised by his record breaking performance at this year's championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Russell, who was outstanding throughout, ran a championships record time of 13.04 in the final of the competition.

Russell went into the Championships as the world leader and burnished his reputation following his championships record of 13.08 seconds in the heat the previous day.

The 17-year-old Calabar High School star said he could have run much faster at the championships but he got very fatigued.

"I could have gone much faster than that in the semi-finals but I hit the fifth hurdle and that threw off my race, and so I couldn't bounce back in the final because I was very fatigued," said Russell.

"Those personal bests were really unexpected but it comes with hard work and I am really grateful for it," Russell said.




He added: "It was a good championships from me, knowing that I was disappointed in Poland last year, and I bounced back from that and I came back here and become a champion and so I could not ask for anything else."

The powerfully built athlete, who won the Class One 110m hurdles at Boys Championships this year, added that this season was a very successful one for him.

"It feels really good to be on top because that is what hard work and dedication do for you," Russell said.

The talented athlete also barely missed out on a spot on Jamaica's team to this World Championships in London after fourth in the final at the National Championships at the Nationals.

Russell was beaten by the likes of Olympic champion Omar McLeod, Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment.

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