The French athlete Sasha Zhoya was crowned, Saturday August 21, world champion under 20 years (U20) of the 110 meters hurdles by improving his own world record with a time of 12 seconds 72 hundredths in the final of the competition, organized in Nairobi (Kenya). In this category, the athletes run with hurdles of 99 centimeters against 106 centimeters for the senior competitions.
Zhoya, 19, had already set the previous U20 record in qualifying the day before with 12 seconds 93 hundredths, falling for the first time in his career below the 13-second threshold. Benefiting from a favorable wind of + 1.0 meter per second, he beat Jamaican Vashaun Vacianna and Pole Jakub Szymansky on Saturday.
Sasha Zhoya, considered a great hope in French athletics, was born in Australia to a French mother, and divides his time between the two countries. The official record before his two exploits was held by another Frenchman, Wilhem Belocian, in 12 seconds 99 hundredths. This time was then matched by Jamaican Damion Thomas.