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Last weekend, we saw the last ever World Youth (aka, under-18) Championships take place in Nairobi, Kenya. The event may have been canceled by the IAAF going forward and boycotted by the U.S., Canada, and Britain, but nonetheless they certainly saved their best for last, as the stadium was packed peaking at 50,300 spectators for yesterday's evening session -- the most of any World Youth event in IAAF history (and more than double the Hayward Field all-time attendance record). Here were the five best moments.

Boys' 110m Hurdles: De'Jour Russell sets the defacto permanent CR TWICE

You could tell that 17-year-old De'Jour Russell of Jamaica was a force to be reckoned with straight out of the heats, as he already broke the Championship Record and won by almost a full half-second Thursday afternoon, splitting a 13.08. But what nobody could have predicted was that Russell was saving his best for last, and during the final he completely demolished the field to beak his own Championship Record again with a 13.04 clocking. Russell's time is not only the world youth and world junior lead -- it is the third-fastest time, period, among competitors of any age in the world this year. Look out for Russell as he matures over the coming years. 

​Watch Russell's race here:

Mixed 4x400m Relay: Mary Moraa out-kicks the boys to win

The mixed-gender 4x400m Relay may be a new event, but with the news of its inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, the youth athletes got some very valuable experience at World U18s this weekend, and the ability for teams choose the order of their runners (always two male, two female) made for some very interesting races. One of these was the first heat, in which Kenya was the only team to select a girl to be their anchor leg. Though ridiculed by many, their decision ended up paying off and more, as despite being even with the boys with 150m to go, Mary Moraa unleashed a devastating kick that even Jamaica's Tyrese Reid and Brazil's Alison Brendom Dos Santos could not match. Team Kenya's time of 3:24.76 was the fastest of all 13 teams in the heats.

​Watch Moraa's devastating kick here:

Boys' 400m: Elian Larregina's brave run ends just one meter from the finish

Having no international performances on record before the champs, Argentinia's Elian Larregina knew he would be the underdog going in to the boys' 400m heats. But that didn't stop him from going for the win early, taking the early lead and maintaining that through 200m. Just before 300m, it looked like Larregina had the race won and his qualification for the next round secured, before the all-too-familiar last 100m began to take its toll. Larregina took a dive for the line with five meters to go, and he ended up just short, having to eventually get up and walk across in 59 seconds.

Watch Larregina's run (timestamped to start at the correct time) HERE.

Girls' 2000m Steeplechase: Late lead changes twice with a fall on the final water jump

Kenya's Mercy Chepkurui and Caren Chebet looked about even with 200m to go in the rarely-run 2000m Steeplechase final, ready to go 1-2 for their home crowd in Kenya. Though Chepkurui looked to have a slight advantage at first, the final water jumped changed all of that as she tripped and fell to her knees coming off the barrier, allowing compatriot Chebet an opportunity to seize the lead. But what made this race so exciting was that Chepkurui kept fighting after getting up from her fall, and eventually took a strong lead over Chebet with less than 100m to go. Ultimately that lead proved to be not enough though, as Chebet unleashed a final sprint that Chepkurui could not match to become the World U18 champion.

Watch the steeplechase finish at the 1:53 mark of this video:

Boys' High Jump: Breyton Poole proves that size doesn't matter

At just 17 years old and five feet, seven inches tall, South Africa's Breyton Poole is far from what most would consider champion high-jumper material. But at World Youths, Poole proved his skeptics wrong as he took the overall title in 2.24 meters (seven feet, four inches), beating out second-place by a full tenth of a meter. Poole has been jumping since the ripe age of 10 years old, and he's only continued to improve every year since then. To quote Poole himself after the big win, "They thought I wouldn't be able to adapt to it because I was so short. I proved them wrong."


Human, Or Super Saiyan? Grant Holloway Keeps The World Wondering

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By Zach Dirlam

Area code 757, tattooed on Holloway’s left wrist, services the southeastern-most portions of Virginia, covering the Virginia Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads.

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The Big 12 is one of the most well-rounded conferences in the NCAA, with solid sprint matchups, distance races, and even a potential high jump collegiate record battle set to go down in Ames, Iowa, this weekend at Iowa State's 300-meter track. Read on for a rundown of the top events to watch.

14 Athletes Set To Represent Canada At 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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Feb. 14 release courtesy of Athletics Canada:

House Of Run Podcast: Coleman, Nelvis, Brazier Show Out

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On this week's episode of the House of Run Jason and Kevin discuss Christian Coleman's world record, Sharika Nelvis's American record, the doubles by Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo and all the other action from the 2018 US Indoor Championships.

Star-Studded 3K, 60mH Tiebraker Headline 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships

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By Taylor Dutch

Powerhouse teams from the Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences come together this weekend to compete at the 2018 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, which you can catch LIVE on FloTrack.

Teahna Daniels Set To Extend Texas Sprints' Legacy At Big 12s

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Texas sprinter Teahna Daniels wasted no time in becoming the fastest woman in Big 12 history. Less than two months into her NCAA career, back in 2016, Daniels won the 60m NCAA crown in 7.11 — the fastest ever by a freshman and then the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. She hadn’t even won a Big 12 title yet, but it was clear that the Longhorn freshman would soon dominate the conference.

The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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Some of the nation’s top distance runners will be action during the distance medley relay at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Ednah Kurgat, Allie Ostrander, Dillon Maggard, and Josh Kerr are all expected to play pivotal roles in their team’s chances on Thursday night. Outside of the distance medley relay, the four are expected to be in action throughout the three day meet which you can watch live on FloTrack.