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Norris is U20 World Champion

by Aaron Hyder
Norris is U20 World Champion

Tampere, Finland – A rising sophomore at LSU, Jake Norris of Great Britain was crowned the 2018 IAAF U20 World Champion in the hammer throw on Friday at Ratina Stadium with a British record-breaking throw of 80.65 meters (264-7).

With the win, Norris becomes the first lad from Great Britain to win a world junior title in the hammer throw. It had been since 1988 that Great Britain had even medaled in a throwing event on the junior stage, much less winning a gold medal. Norris joins the likes of Sophie Hitchon, a 2010 women’s junior world champion and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist, as the only two Brits to win a world junior hammer throw title.

By far the best thrower in the finals, Norris racked up three throws of over 78 meters while the rest of the field only accounted for one. After earning an extra three throws with a qualifying mark of 78.17 meters (256-5), the up and coming sophomore launched his fourth throw of the meet 80.65 meters (264-7) to break his own British U20 record that he set a few weeks ago in what would turn out to be the winning toss.

The world title by Norris now brings LSU’s total to two on the week. On Thursday, Damion Thomas won the 110 meter hurdle U20 world title for Jamaica with a readout of 13.16. Norris’ marvelous freshman season comes to a close as a world U20 champion, First Team All-American (hammer throw), a British U20 record holder and the LSU school record holder in the hammer throw.

LSU has two more men in the hunt for a world title on Saturday. JuVaughn Blake will give it a go in the high jump at 2:40 a.m. CT and incoming freshman Mondo Duplantis will be the favorite to win a world title in the pole vault at 5:50 a.m. CT.