Issam Asinga Creates Waves by Breaking Men's U20 100m World Record
Issam Asinga Creates Waves by Breaking Men's U20 100m World Record

SAO PAULO, Brazil – A momentous occasion unfolded at the South American Athletics Outdoor Championships as Issam Asinga of Suriname, made headlines worldwide by smashing the men’s U20 100-metre world record. In a breathtaking display of speed and skill, Asinga blazed through the track in a mere 9.89 seconds (0.8m/s wind), seizing the gold medal and etching his name in history.

The previous U20 world record, held by Letsile Tebogo of Botswana, had been a formidable 9.91 seconds, but Asinga’s blazing performance left it in the dust. His exceptional feat also places him tied for fourth globally among all 100m athletes this season, an impressive achievement for the young talent. Not to mention, he bettered his previous wind-legal best time of 10.02 seconds by an impressive 0.13 seconds.

Asinga’s journey to glory started in the morning’s preliminaries, where he set the tone by clocking a commendable 10.03 seconds, obliterating the championships’ record. But he wasn’t content with that alone. In the final, he summoned his inner strength and determination, delivering an electrifying performance to secure victory in 9.89 seconds. Adding to the spectacle, two other athletes achieved the remarkable feat of breaking the 10-second barrier in the same race.

Erik Felipe Barbosa Cardoso of Brazil ran 9.97 for second and Ronal Longa Mosquera of Columbia, 9.99 for third place.

The world now eagerly awaits Asinga’s next challenge as he is set to represent Suriname at the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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