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  • TRACK AND FIELD

    Cain wins 3,000 at world juniors

  • EUGENE — Mary Cain sprinted the last 120 meters and pulled away from the field to win the 3,000 meters at the IAAF world junior championships on Thursday night at Hayward Field.
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  • EUGENE — Mary Cain sprinted the last 120 meters and pulled away from the field to win the 3,000 meters at the IAAF world junior championships on Thursday night at Hayward Field.
    Cain is the first U.S. woman to win a junior world title at a distance longer than 800 meters. Boxed in at the start of the final lap, she wrestled her way to the front to win in a personal-best 8 minutes, 58.48 seconds.
    Lilian Kasait Rengeruk of Kenya finished second.
    "I felt really good for the last lap," Cain said. "There was a lot of jostling. I know I'm supposed to keep running, but I kept saying, 'I'm sorry!'"
    The 18-year-old from New York won the event at the U.S. junior championships in 9:15.81 this month at Hayward Field, putting her in the field for the worlds.
    Carrying an American flag on her victory lap, Cain made a point to high-five many lining the track and even posed for a few selfies.
    Cain made the final in the 1,500 at the senior world outdoor championships in Moscow last year, at 17 becoming the youngest woman to run the event.
    Cain, who just wrapped up her senior year in high school, eschewed a college track career to join the Nike Oregon Project, training under decorated U.S. marathoner Alberto Salazar.
    In other final events Thursday, Wilhem Belocian of France set world junior record in the 110 hurdles, winning in 12.99 to best his own record of 13.15 set this month.
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