July 12, 2012
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech pole vaulter Nikita Kirillov will compete for Team USA in the finals at the IAAF World Junior Championships Thursday in Barcelona, Spain.
The 19-year-old Kirillov qualified for the final round after setting a personal record, school record and US Junior meet record en route to a first-place finish with a vault of 5.54m (18-2) at the USA Junior meet.
Kirillov recorded a USA Junior meet record, breaking Lawrence Johnson’s nearly 20-year-old record of 5.51m (18-1) that stood since 1993.
For more information about the World Junior Championships, log on to the Internal Association of Athletics Federations at www.iaaf.org.