The world’s current fastest junior athlete, Jeneba Tarmoh, who ran 100 meters in a time of 11.37 sec has been discovered in America.
She is of Sierra Leonean descent, but was born and raised in San Jose, California, by Grace and Victor Tarmoh.
Jeneba managed to get through the entire IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships without losing a race.
On Saturday, the University of Tennessee freshman made it five victories in as many attempts at Bydgoszcz City Stadium, running the opening leg on the gold-medal-winning United States 4×100-meter relay quartet.
Tarmoh, who was undefeated in three races and struck gold in the 100m dash on Wednesday, aided the U.S. tandem to its second relay triumph in as many days.
Joining forces with teammates Shayla Mahan, Gabrielle Glenn and Tiffany Townsend, Tarmoh helped the U.S. tandem improve from a 43.76 clocking on Friday to a world-junior- leading 43.66 on Saturday as the Americans claimed their ninth gold medal of the meet and extended their leading medal count to 14
The U.S. medal breakdown includes nine gold, three silver and two bronze. Cuba and Kenya each claimed eight medals, while Ethiopia and Germany had seven apiece. The Germans had the second highest haul of gold, winning five events.
Jamaica followed Team USA across the finish line to snag silver in 43.98, followed by Brazil in 44.61. The Bahamas took fourth, just barely behind Brazil, though its time was an identical 44.61
The international junior 100m/4x100m relay gold double was the third by a Lady Vol in the past four seasons. Cleo Tyson accomplished that feat in 2005 at the Pan Am Junior Championships, while Lynne Layne did the same at the 2007 Pan Am Juniors meet.
Tennessee will have one more competitor in action this summer. Layne will be in Toluca, Mexico, July 18-20, to run on the U.S. 4x100m relay at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Championships. She was chosen by the American coaching staff for that honor.