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Jona Efoloko and Charlie Dobson stormed to 200m success at the IAAF World U20 Championships to take Great Britain to second on the medals table behind Kenya on day four in Tampere, Finland.

In the final event of a session which had earlier seen Britain’s Niamh Emerson win the heptathlon and Jake Norris triumph in the hammer competition.

Efoloko clocked a PB of 20.48 for gold in the half-lap event as his team-mate Dobson followed him over the finish line in 20.57 for silver, while USA’s Eric Harrison ran 20.79 for bronze.

The 18-year-old winner had gone into the competition with a PB of 20.79 from Bedford last month, a mark which he improved to 20.65 in his heat before running 20.74 in his semi-final.

Dobson also improved his PB of 20.73 from May to 20.65 in his heat and then 20.53 in his semi-final.

“World champion sounds amazing,” said Efoloko, who adds this title to his gold from the European Youth Championships in 2016 and silver from last year’s European U20 Championships.

“All the hard work paid off and all the training, all the parties missed and going out with my friends, it’s all worthwhile for moments like this and that’s why I do this sport.”

On his lifetime best, he added: “It’s a double bonus. The main aim was to win, I didn’t really care about the time, whether it was 21 seconds or 20.48 I didn’t really care. The PB is the icing on the cake.”

In the women’s event, Jamaican 16-year-old Briana Williams remains on course for a 100m and 200m double as she clocked 23.41 to win her semi-final, while USA’s Lauren Rain Williams was quickest overall with 23.15.

Source: AW

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