Colombia, Qatar and Japan top hurdles podiums in Buenos Aires
Colombia, Qatar and Japan topped the podiums of the three hurdles races held on the last day of athletics competition at Buenos Aires 2018.
It was the final day of athletics competitions in the Olympic Youth Park, with three hurdle races held, among other events. Men and women raced in their respective 400m hurdle races, and there was also the men’s 110m hurdle race held.
Colombia’s Cabezas Caracas crossed the finish line first with a time of 58.39 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles. In second place was Algeria’s Loubna Benhadja, who set her new personal best time with 59.70 seconds. The bronze went to Canada’s Julia Lovsin, who finished the race in 59.89 seconds.
"I am very happy and speechless,” said Caracas. "I was able to achieve this today thanks to the hard training sessions where I did not see the light. I was not content only to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, but I also wanted to matter, to try to be a good representative for my country. Now I just have to enjoy this moment."
Japan’s Haruto Deguchi seized the gold in the men’s 400m hurdles. (Photo: Ivo Gonzalez OIS/IOC)
In the men's 400m hurdles, Japan’s Heruto Deguchi was the fastest and clinched the gold with a personal best time of 51.28 seconds. Hungary’s Daniel Huller took the silver while France’s Martin Fraysse wrapped up the podium with a bronze.
"I am very happy. The truth is that I would never have imagined being here representing everyone,” Deguchi said. “I still cannot believe in this emotion. Little by little I will realise that this is the reality and every day is going to be a big celebration."
Colombia’s Caracas won the women's 400 meters. (Photo: Ivo Gonzalez OIS / IOC)
"There is a lot of distance between Japan and Argentina, so I appreciate the support of the people who came here just to see me. I will continue fighting," Deguchi added.
Qatar’s Owaab Barrow took the gold medal in the men's 110m hurdles. One of the country’s three representatives in athletics, Barrow surpassed the rest of the racers with his personal best time of 13.17 seconds. The silver medal went to France’s Kenny Fletcher and the bronze to Lok Hei Addis Wong of Hong Kong.
"This is a very great achievement. It was a long year, and I was able to achieve this by the end of 2018 thanks to my coach and my training,” Barrow said. “I wish I can be at Tokyo 2020 and get the gold again."