July 12, 2012
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s Nikita Kirillov pole vaulted to eighth place for Team USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships Thursday in Barcelona, Spain.
Kirillov cleared the bar at 5.30m (17-4.25) in his second IAAF World Championship. The Tech sophomore also competed in the 2009 World Youth Championships, placing sixth in the same event (4.50m, 14-9).
The top three finishers in the event all cleared the 5.55m (18-2.50) height, but Thiago da Silva of Brazil came out on top as a result of a cleaner contest. He fouled just five times compared to the silver medalist Ivan Horvat’s (Croatia) seven failed attempts. The bronze medal was awarded to Canada’s Shawnacy Barber.
Complete results are available at www.iaaf.org.