|David Bolarinwa in his European Junior Championship |
semi-final, in Tallinn
An amazing sprint from French rival Jimmy Vicaut in the semi-finals of the European Junior 100m Championship left everyone gasping for breath in the Estonian Capital.
A 10.12s sprint into a -1.8m/s headwind eclipsed third-fastest qualifier David Bolarinwa's easy run in semi-final 2. David clocked a relaxed 10.55s to win his semi into a -0.5m/s wind after the Frenchman had left burn marks in his lane!
Britain's Adam Gemili was second-fastest in winning his heat in 10.49s with a -0.7m/s wind, making tomorrow afternoon's final a potentially thrilling affair.
"You've got to be real about it," said Trackspeed1 coach John Powell afterwards, "the French guy is going into the final as hot favourite, but nobody is unbeatable. The race for the other two medals will be tight, but David is every bit capable of silver which, as a first year in this age-group, would be terrific."
The 100m final takes place at 5.45pm local time tomorrow (3.45pm UK). David will then thank his luck stars the 200m is also a semi-final to final affair with the heats cancelled. They would have started soon after the 100m final, but are now scheduled for 4pm (semi's) on Saturday and 6.05pm (final).
The conditions in Tallinn were challenging on the first day, and promise to be at least as difficult on day 2. Temperatures hit the high thirties with huge humidity levels.