A look ahead to the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland, where 40 British athletes will be among those in action
More than 1500 athletes are set to compete at the IAAF World U20 Championships when the event takes place in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from July 19-24.
Among them will be 40 athletes representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with Imani Lansiquot and Josh Kerr having been named as team captains.
Lansiquot will contest the 100m in Poland and also forms part of the 4x100m relay squad, while Kerr is to race the 1500m.
“I think we have a really strong team here in Bydgoszcz,” said Lansiquot, who moved to fourth on the UK junior all-time list with her PB of 11.25 set last month. That time puts her sixth in the world rankings. “Everyone is extremely talented so to captain the team is a real honour.
“My main message to the team is that these Champs are an incredible opportunity. My last World Juniors was a huge stepping stone to where I am right now. It opened a lot of doors for me. Mentally, I really believed in myself after those Championships.”
The full GB team can be found listed here.
A timetable and event startlists can be found here.
Also among the athletes in action will be Konrad Bukowiecki, who is overwhelming favourite in the shot put as he defends his title on home soil. Another home favourite is Ewa Swoboda, who won the European junior 100m title in Eskilstuna last year before breaking the world indoor under-20 60m record with a time of 7.07 over the winter. USA’s Candace Hill has a PB of 10.98 run last year, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St Fort should be a factor over both the 100m and 200m.
USA’s Noah Lyles, who ran 10.14 for 100m at the US Olympic trials, goes over that distance, while his team-mate Michael Norman, a 20.14 200m man, runs the half-lap event. Among the hurdlers in action, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has clocked 12.83 for the 100m hurdles, while Jamaica’s reigning 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde is entered for the competition but may concentrate on competing at the Olympic Games in Rio instead.
Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett and Willy Tarbei are among the favourites in the 800m. Germany’s Rio-bound 18-year-old Konstanze Klosterhalfen has continued to demonstrate fine form over 1500m and is set to go up against Britain’s Bobby Clay and Harriet Knowles-Jones in that event, while the German athlete is also entered for the 3000m.
Cuba’s Maykel Masso won the world under-18 long jump title last year aged 16 and will be hoping for similar success in the next age category. Another Cuban jumper, Lazaro Martinez, won the last world under-20 triple jump title also aged just 16 and he defends his title. Japan’s world U18 javelin champion Haruka Kitaguchi leads the world rankings with 61.38m as the only athlete in the field to have bettered 60 metres.
Germany will have high hopes in the decathlon through Jan Ruhrmann and Niklas Kaul, while Austria’s Sarah Lagger, the 16-year-old who claimed heptathlon silver at the recent European Youth Championships, will be hoping to go one better in Bydgoszcz.
» An event timetable and startlists can be found here