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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jesus Iguel off to IAAF World Championships

Jesus Iguel, seen here joining a qualifying event in this year’s All Schools Championships, will leave for Russia next month to compete in the 14th IAAF World Championships.  (Roselyn B. Monroyo) Jesus Iguel is heading to Russia next month to represent the CNMI to the 14th IAAF World Championships.

According to Northern Marianas Athletics head coach Elias Rangamar, Iguel will be competing in the 100m run of the biennial event that will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow from Aug. 10 to 18. Rangamar will accompany Iguel to the nine-day competition.

The CNMI bet to the World Championships will see action in Russia right at the first day of the event, as he joins about 100 runners in the qualifying heats for the 100m sprint. According to Rangamar, Iguel’s personal best time in the 100m is 11.10 seconds and the Commonwealth sprinter is aiming for a new PBT and possibly a new CNMI record.

Tyrone Omar holds the CNMI mark in the 100m run with his 10.99 seconds that was posted during the 2007 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. He also joined the 11th IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan the same year and nearly equaled his performance in Samoa after timing in at 11.00 on Heat 1 where he ran against eventual gold medalist and U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay.

\After Omar, Clayton Kenty was the next CNMI runner to race in the 100m run in the 12th World Championships held in Berlin, Germany. Kenty missed surpassing Omar’s mark, but matched his PBT with his 12.99 seconds. Yvonne Bennett also made the trip to Germany for her second World Championships stint and had her third in 2011 when she went to Daegu, Korea, with fellow sprinter Orrin Pharmin.

This year, Iguel will be the lone CNMI competitor and Rangamar said NMA is pushing him to shatter Omar’s six-year record. Rangamar said Iguel has been training regularly at the Olea Sports Complex track to prepare for next month’s competition.

The World Championships in Moscow is Iguel’s second off-island competition this year, as he also represented the CNMI in the 2013 Oceania Area Championships in Pepeete, Tahiti last month. Iguel raced in the 100m run in the Oceania tournament and timed in at 11.68 seconds. He finished third on his heat, just one notch away from advancing to the semifinals.

He also competed in the 200m run, clocking in at 23.96 seconds—the best time among CNMI runners. Pharmin and Beo Ngirchongor joined the same event and submitted 24.57 seconds and 25.45 seconds, respectively.

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