Newsflash: Calvin Kang fails to make 100m final

National sprinter Calvn Kang’s World Junior Athletics Championships journey came to an end early this morning when he finished joint-sixth in his semi-final in a disappointing time of 10.75sec.

The 18-year-old, who had qualified for the semis after finishing second in his heat and 13th overall with his time of 10.62sec yesterday afternoon (about 6pm, Singapore time) could not deliver the second time around when the semi-finals came a-calling seven hours later (about 1.15am this morning, Singapore time).

Calvin, who holds the national junior record of 10.53sec, was in the same semi-final race as Terell Wilks, the American sprinter who had clocked the fastest time of 10.28sec in the heats.

Wilks won the semi-final easily, finishing in 10.37sec while Sweden’s Benjamin Olsson was second in 10.57sec. Only the top eight fastest sprinters move on to tomorrow’s final.

The other qualifiers are Wilhelm van der Vyver (South Africa, 10.38sec), Dexter Lee (Jamaica, 10.42sec), Kemar Hyman (Canary Islands, 10.57sec), Shehan Abeypityage (Sri Lanka, 10.59sec), Yohan Blake ( Jamiaca, 10.42sec) and David Lescay (Cuba, 10.59sec).

Calvin’s next international assignment will be the Beijing Olympics. He is a wildcard entry in the 100m. 

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

9 July: Newsflash – Calvin Kang qualifies for World Junior 100m semis

7 July: Newsflash – Silver and bronze for S’pore at Hong Kong meet

22 June: Newsflash – Calvin shows consistency, Stefan’s preparations take a small dent

20 June: Month-long German stint for World Juniors qualifiers Calvin and Stefan

14 June – Newsflash: Stefan shatters national jumps record at Asian Juniors


13 June – Newsflash: Calvin Kang rewrites national junior 100m mark

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