See the evidence on display at the European under-20s / Junior Champs, held in Grosseto, Italy last week. Some events featured wholesale Personal Bests, as well as very exciting finishes and tough field competitions.
Alina Shukh UKR only just managed to hold off Géraldine Ruckstuhl SUI in a nail-biting Heptathlon final event 800m, with both women surpassing their previous bests. Over in the men's equivalent, the gruelling Decathlon, Niklas Kaul GER beat the existing World Junior Record, with a balanced, all-around performance. And his female team-mates strung together a perfect series of baton-changing and sprinting to eclipse the 4x100m WJR.
All of these multi-talented youngsters will surely figure prominently in future senior championships!