List of African youth bests in athletics

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African youth bests in the sport of athletics are the all-time best marks set in competition by African athletes aged 17 or younger throughout the entire calendar year of the performance. Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) doesn't maintain an official list for such performances. All bests shown on this list are tracked by statisticians not officially sanctioned by the governing body.

Outdoor[edit]

Key:

+ = en route to a longer distance
ht = hand timing
# = not ratified
A = affected by altitude
NWI = no wind measurement

Boys[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Age Ref
100m 10.20 (+1.5 m/s) Tlotliso Leotlela  South Africa 7 September 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games Samoa Apia, Samoa 17 years, 118 days [1]
10.2 A (NWI) (ht) # Retshidisitswe Mlenga  South Africa 4 March 2016 South Africa Germiston, South Africa 16 years, 6 days [2][3]
200 m 20.43 (-0.4 m/s) Sinesipho Dambile  South Africa 19 March 2019 AGN Youth, Junior & Senior Championships South Africa Pretoria, South Africa 17 years, 17 days [4]
20.32 (NWI) # Sinesipho Dambile  South Africa 15 March 2019 South Africa Pretoria, South Africa 17 years, 13 days
400 m
800 m 1:43.37 Mohamed Aman  Ethiopia 10 September 2011 Rieti Meeting Italy Rieti, Italy 17 years, 243 days [5][6]
1000 m 2:17.59 Japheth Kimutai  Kenya 23 August 1995 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 16 years, 246 days
1500 m 3:33.72 Nicholas Kiptanui Kemboi  Kenya 18 August 2006 Weltklasse Zürich Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 16 years, 243 days
Mile 3:54.56 Isaac Songok  Kenya 20 August 2001 Austria Linz, Austria 17 years, 117 days
2000 m 4:56.86 Isaac Songok  Kenya 31 August 2001 ISTAF Germany Berlin, Germany 17 years, 128 days
3000 m 7:32.37 Abreham Cherkos  Ethiopia 11 July 2006 Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland 16 years, 291 days
Two miles 8:16.07 Abreham Cherkos  Ethiopia 28 May 2006 United States Eugene, United States 16 years, 247 days
5000 m 12:54.19 Abreham Cherkos  Ethiopia 14 July 2006 Golden Gala Italy Rome, Italy 16 years, 294 days
10000 m 27:02.81 Ibrahim Jeylan  Ethiopia 25 August 2006 Memorial Van Damme Belgium Brussels, Belgium 17 years, 74 days
Half marathon 1:00:38 Phaustin Baha Sulle  Tanzania 4 September 1999 Lille Half Marathon France Lille, France 17 years, 97 days
Marathon
110 m hurdles
(91.4 cm)
110 m hurdles
(99/100 cm)
110 m hurdles
(106.7 cm)
400 m hurdles
(84.0 cm)
48.84 Sokwakhana Zazini  South Africa 17 March 2017 Gauteng North Championships South Africa Pretoria, South Africa 16 years, 175 days [7]
400 m hurdles
(88.4 cm)
49.86 Marthinus Kritzinger  South Africa 18 July 1999 Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland 17 years, 158 days
400 m hurdles
(91.4 cm)
48.89 Louis Jacob van Zyl  South Africa 19 July 2002 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 16 years, 364 days
2000 m steeplechase 5:21.36 Nabil Ouhaddi  Morocco 16 July 2006 Morocco Rabat, Morocco 16 years, 335 days
3000 m steeplechase 8:17.28 Jonathan Ndiku  Kenya 13 July 2008 Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland 16 years, 299 days
High Jump
Pole Vault
Long Jump
Triple jump
Shot put (5 kg)
Shot put (5.44 kg)
Shot put (6 kg)
Shot put (7.26 kg)
Discus throw
(1.5 kg)
Discus throw
(1.75 kg)
Discus throw
(2 kg)
Hammer throw
(5 kg)
Hammer throw
(6 kg)
Hammer throw
(7.26 kg)
Javelin throw
(700 g)
Javelin throw
(800 g)
Octathlon
(100 m), (long jump), (shot put), (400 m) /
(110 m hurdles), (high jump), (javelin), (1000 m)
Decathlon
(100 m), (long jump), (shot put), (high jump), (400 m) /
(110 m hurdles), (discus), (pole vault), (javelin), (1500 m)
10000 m walk (track)
10 km walk (road)
20000 m walk (track)
20 km walk (road)
50000 m walk (track)
50 km walk (road)
4 × 100 metres relay
4 × 400 metres relay
Medley relay

Girls[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Age Ref
100 m
200 m
400 m
800 m
1000 m
1500 m 4:02.83 Gudaf Tsegay  Ethiopia 21 May 2014 IAAF World Challenge Beijing China Beijing, China 17 years, 118 days [8]
Mile 4:30.81 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 2 August 2003 KBC Night of Athletics Netherlands Heusden-Zolder, Netherlands 17 years, 168 days
2000 m 5:46.5+ Sally Barsosio  Kenya 16 August 1995 Weltklasse Zürich Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 17 years, 148 days
3000 m
5000 m
10000 m
Half marathon 1:10:30 Tsegereda Girma  Ethiopia 13 March 2011 CPC Loop Den Haag Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands 15 years, 286 days [9]
Marathon
100 m hurdles (76.2 cm)
100 m hurdles (84 cm)
400 m hurdles
2000 m steeplechase 6:11.83 Korahubish Itaa  Ethiopia 10 July 2009 World Youth Championships Italy Brixen, Italy 17 years, 132 days
3000 m steeplechase 9:28.36 Tigist Getnet  Ethiopia 12 July 2014 Glasgow Grand Prix United Kingdom Glasgow, Great Britain 17 years, 5 days [10]
High jump 1.96 m A Charmaine Gale-Weavers  South Africa 4 April 1981 South Africa Bloemfontein, South Africa 17 years, 36 days
Pole vault
Long jump
Triple jump
Shot put
Discus throw
Hammer throw (3 kg) 66.99 A Tharina Van Der Walt  South Africa 13 May 2017 South Africa Pretoria, South Africa 17 years, 80 days
Javelin throw
Heptathlon
100m H (wind) High jump Shot put 200m (wind) Long jump (wind) Javelin 800m
5000 m walk (track)
10000 m walk (track)
10 km walk (road)
20000 m walk (track)
10 km walk (road)
4x100 m relay
4x400 m relay
Medley relay

Indoor[edit]

Boys[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Age Ref
60 m
200 m
400 m
800 m 1:48.12 Mohamed Aman  Ethiopia 8 February 2011 Meeting Pas de Calais France Liévin, France 17 years, 29 days [11]
1000 m
1500 m 3:42.91 Samson Kiplangat  Kenya 2 February 2003 Germany Stuttgart, Germany 16 years, 84 days
Mile
2000 m 4:57.74 Yomif Kejelcha  Ethiopia 28 February 2014 Meeting National en salle de Metz France Metz, France 16 years, 211 days [12][13]
3000 m 7:42.05 Yomif Kejelcha  Ethiopia 26 January 2014 Meeting National en salle de Bordeaux France Bordeaux, France 16 years, 178 days [14][15]
5000 m
60 m hurdles
High jump
Pole vault
Long jump
Triple jump
Shot put
Heptathlon
(60 m), (long jump), (shot put), (high jump) / (60 m hurdles), (pole vault), (1000 m)
5000 m walk
4x400 m relay

Girls[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Age Ref
60 m
200 m
400 m
800 m
1500 m
Mile
3000 m 8:46.01 Gotytom Gebreslase  Ethiopia 4 February 2012 United States Boston, United States 17 years, 20 days
5000 m
60 m hurdles
High jump
Pole vault
Long jump
Triple jump
Shot put
Pentathlon
(60 m hurdles), (high jump), (shot put), (long jump), (800 m)
3000 m walk
4x400 m relay

References[edit]

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