Martin Manley claims 400m gold medal
Martin Manley (JAM) crossed the line in 46.31 seconds, ahead of Karabo Sibanda (BOT) and Henri Delauze (BAH). The Jamaican runner is considered to be a star in the making over the one-lap event and looks set to join a long list of emerging Jamaican talent in track and field. His success in Nanjing completes a memorable double as he also won 400m gold at 2013’s IAAF World Youth Championships.
“I’m happy to end my season with a bang,” he said. “What do I put my success down to? Training. I love training. I’m a hard-working athlete. Everything in track and field is hard, and training is the hardest part. But the easy part is winning.”
Sibanda finished second in a personal best time of 46.76 seconds but said he had been hoping for an even faster race. “I feel great, but I was expecting a gold,” Sibanda revealed. “My personal best was 46.77 so I ran just a fraction ahead of it. It’s not a good [enough] time for me to do right now. I was hoping for 46.3 or something, but the competition was very tough.” Bronze medallist Delauze, who also set a new personal best of 46.91, was delighted with his performance.
“I can’t really ask for more,” Delauze said. “A bronze medal and a personal best, I’m very happy with that. All the guys in the race were capable of winning so in the end it’s just the best man who wins.”
In the women's 100m hurdles, Laura Valette (FRA) equalled her personal best to win gold in 13.34 seconds. Elvira Herman (BLR) collected silver, finishing in 13.38 seconds, and Chloe Beaucarne (BEL) picked up bronze.