The gun goes on the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at the historic Hayward Field stadium in Eugene, USA, in exactly one month’s time and some of the top teenage athletics talents in the world have already been showing their form this summer.
US sprinter Trayvon Bromell recently sped to a world junior 100m record of 9.97* at Hayward Field while China, Jamaica, Kenya and Russia’s top juniors have been in fine form at home and overseas.
On the men’s side, Anguillan sprinter Zharnel Hughes, Kenyan 800m runner Alfred Kipketer and British hurdler David Omoregie have made an impact on the world junior all-time lists already this summer.
Precocious female talents like Spanish triple jumper Ana Peleteiro, Swedish javelin thrower Sofi Flink and Cuban combined events exponent Yorgelis Rodriguez have advertised that they are ready to defend with aplomb the titles they won in Barcelona two years ago.
All this adds up to what should be a thrilling six days of action at Oregon 2014, which is expected to be the biggest IAAF World Athletics Series event ever staged on US soil.
History has shown that many of the IAAF World Junior Championships winners go on to be gold medalists as seniors at the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games, and are often record breakers as well.
Capacity crowds are expected for many of the days which will add to the electric atmosphere and, as always, the championships will provide a glance into a crystal ball concerning the future of the sport.
The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships will be held between 22-27 July, with LIVE TV and online coverage on Universal Sports. Coverage dates and times will be announced closer to the start of competition.
(From IAAF Press Release)