NAIROBI Trai Turner Jersey , July 13 (Xinhua) -- China won their first gold medal on the second day of the World U18 Championship in Nairobi through Liu Zhekai, who set a personal best throw of 77.54 meters.
It was the third medal for China after having won two medals, a silver and a bronze on the first day on Monday.
Another Chinese athlete Song Qingshu also won bronze in the boys' javelin to take the Asian giants medal tally to four. South Africa's Johannes Schlebusch won silver in a personal best throw of 75.68 meters.
Germany leads the medal table with two gold and one bronze medals with South Africa second with four medals - One gold, two silver and one bronze.
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Running in the first heat, De'Jour Russell of Jamaica took his personal best from 13.31 (already a world-U18-leading time this year) all the way to 13.08.
The time made him the second fastest U18 athlete of all time, behind his compatriot Jaheel Hyde's world U18 best of 12.96.
None of the other hurdlers came close to Russell's performance, but there were other notable runs, including the remaining heat winners: Enrique Llopis of Spain with 13.47 (a personal best by 0.25) Luke Kuechly Jersey , Lu Hao-hua of Chinese Taipei with 13.57 and Saoud Al-Humaidi of Qatar with 13.72.
The early exit of Zayed Al Shamsi of the United Arab Emirates was also notable. The third fastest U18 athlete this year with 13.43 finished only sixth in his heat in 14.70 and was eliminated.
There was also some extravagant running in the heats of the boys' 3000m. Not content with merely qualifying for the final, the African favourites achieved some extraordinary times, especially considering Nairobi's high altitude.
Selemon Barega of Ethiopia took the first heat in 7:55.73 after running the final kilometer in just outside 2:34.
The performance took him to third on this year's U18 world list. Stanley Mburu Waithaka of Kenya was the runner-up in 7:59.54, with Oscar Chelimo of Uganda and Merom Goitom of Eritrea both in the 8:08 range.
The pace of the second heat was only slightly more sensible. Edward Zakayo of Kenya took it in 8:04.85, evidently intent on proving a point to his Ethiopian rival Milkesa Mengesha Cam Newton Jersey , who finished second in 8:05.87.
The final kilometer took just 2:31 for the winner, much faster than was necessary, considering the first non-automatic qualifier in that race finished some 45 seconds behind.
There were no such displays in round one of the girls' 800m, although the races featured some impressive running. The fastest of the qualifiers for the semifinals was the Kenyan Jackline Wambui, winner of heat three in 2:08.24 Donte Jackson Jersey , 1.5 seconds ahead of Hirut Meshesha of Ethiopia.
The event favourite, Kenya's Lydia Jeruto, took heat one in a relatively pedestrian 2:10.37, but looked strong, running the final 200 meters in about 31 seconds.
The second fastest among the entrants DJ Moore Jersey , Ethiopian Netsanet Desta strolled to what looked like an easy victory in heat two, but was subsequently disqualified for a lane violation, leaving Vimbayi Maisvoreva of Zimbabwe the winner in 2:11.09.
The final heat winner, in what was the closest of the four races, was Pole Milena Korbut with 2:11.67.
SEOUL Da'Norris Searcy Jersey , May 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday confirmed a firm alliance between South Korea and the United States against any threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Kerry, who arrived in Seoul on Sunday afternoon for a two-day visit, said in his introductory remarks for talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se that the two allies "are united firmly in our determination to stand up against any threats from the DPRK."
The top U.S. diplomat said that the DPRK has indicated, with its recent behavior, "even greater unwillingness to be reasonable and come to the table to talk about denuclearization Jarius Wright Jersey ," according to Yonhap News Agency report.
He said that the U.S.-South Korean alliance "has literally never been stronger," noting that the alliance "is at its best state ever."
Before the bilateral dialogue, Kerry paid a courtesy call to South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Kerry's visit came amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula as the DPRK said on May 9 that it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
If confirmed, the SLBM would pose a "serious challenge" to the peninsula as well as the United States as it could mean the DPRK's submarine secretly sailing underwater and conducting a missile attack against the U.S. mainland.
Kerry and Yun plan to hold a joint press conference. And then, he will visit the U.S. military base in Seoul and deliver a lecture on cyber security at Korea University later in the day before going back home.
HOUSTON Dontari Poe Jersey , July 21 (Xinhua) -- Texas employers added more than 40,000 jobs in June, speeding a slow recovery from the oil downturn as drillers continue to hire rapidly to bring new production online, local newspaper Houston Chronicle reported Friday.
Increased job opportunities bring Texas to an annualized growth rate of 2.7 percent, up from 2.4 percent a month before Torrey Smith Jersey , said the report. The unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in June from 4.8 percent in May.
Oil and gas as well as manufacturing led the state's growth, after a strong month in May, accounting for nearly a quarter of all positions added. Oil and gas jobs are now up 10.3 percent from where they were at this time last year.
The job growth was the fastest in the second quarter of 2017 in Texas since the end of 2014. The Dallas Federal Reserve boosted its employment forecast to 2.8 percent for the year 2017. Employees are working more hours, and the manufacturing sector has been bolstered by a decline in the value of the U.S. dol.