• Who will be the OUTSTANDING athletes?

    17 July at 03:24 from atlas

    Provisional entries have been confirmed, although for one reason or another not everyone will actually get to compete, i.e. last-minute injury or illness may rule out some of them. Nevertheless there are already a host of youngsters who have shown themselves to be potential World Junior Champions.

    From among the women there will be stellar battles between Kenya, Ethiopia, Bahrain and Eritrea in the middle and long distance, plus steeplechase events while in the sprints and hurdles America is likely to figure prominently. Of course there will always be the "surprise package" from countries such as Venezuala, Finland, South Africa and Great Britain.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about Sydney McLaughlin USA in the 400m hurdles - will she break her own World Junior Record of 54.15, set one week ago at the USA Champs? Then the women's sprints, with Ewa Swoboda POL versus Candace Hill USA, and the men's short and medium sprints featuring Noah Lyles and Michael Norman, both USA against the might of Jamaica and Europe.

    Field events have always been my area of interest, so Wilma Murto FIN in the pole vault, Maykel D Massó CUB in the long jump, and the young guy whose progress in the past year has been relentless - the Polish giant, Konrad Bukowiecki (affectionately known as "Buko"). He has threatened to better the World Junior Record of Jacko Gill NZL, 23.00m, and in front of a partisan crowd might choose next Tuesday evening to do just that...


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