The USA’s Matthew Boling drew first blood in his maiden clash with Jamaica’s Oblique Seville in the final of the 100m at the Pan Am U20 Championships in Costa Rica on Friday night.

Oblique Seville and Michael Stephens ran impressive times to qualify for the semi-finals of the Class I 100ms on Thursday’s third day at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Neither Calabar’s Michael Stephens nor Jamaica College’s (JC) Michali Everett could claim the spoils of a fierce rivalry that developed during the Digicel Grand Prix series over 100 metres after the final at the GC Foster Classic ended on Saturday. 

The Digicel Grand Prix makes its final stop at the GC Foster Classic in Spanish Town, Jamaica on Saturday but this time, the big guns are out, even as the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships fast approaches. 

It took until the final event on the penultimate day of the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland for the United States to win their first gold medal but after missing out on individual titles in the 100m and 200m, their sprinters combined superbly to win the 4x100m relay title for the sixth successive time. 

Jamaican sprinters Michael Stephens and Michael Bentley were among the fastest qualifiers for the semi-finals of the 100m as action concluded in the morning session of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Tuesday.

The race to become the fastest teenager in the world looks like it will come down to a clash between two sprint superpowers: South Africa and the United States. 

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