By Amanda Wilkins, Trackalerts.Com Contributor
Jamaicans Yanique Thompson, 17, and Javon Francis, 19, have been listed by SpikesMag among the ten top teenage athletes from around the world to watch in 2014.
Yanique Thompson, the youngster from Holmwood, specializes in 100m hurdles and earned fifth place on the list by making history at the 2013 Youth World Championships. She became the first Jamaican to create a world record over hurdles in any age group when she crossed the line in 12.94secs which was a new world youth record.
Javron Francis, nicknamed "Donkey Man" of Calabar High, got on to the list in 9th place after a successful 2013 season. He recorded a personal best of 45.25 when he finished 2nd at the Jamaican Championships and he reached the semi-finals of the 400m in Moscow.His blistering 44.00 anchor leg in the relay lifted the Jamaican team from 5th place to take the silver medal in Moscow which makes him one to watch.
The full list of teenage rising stars to watch in 2014 are:
1.Mary Cain (17) USA. Middle Distance
2.Sofi Flinck (18) Sweden.Javelin
3.Robert Kiptoo Biwott (17) Kenya.Middle Distance.
4.Arman Hall (19) 400m
5. Yanique Thompson (17) Jamaica. 100m hurdles.
6.Tessica Judd (19) Middle Distance.
7. Consenslus Kipruto (19) Kenya. 3000 steeplechase.
8. Eleanor Patterson (17) High jump
9. Javron Francis (19) Jamaica. 400m
10. Nafissatou Thiam (19).Belgium. Heptathlon.
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