Athletics

Jamaicans start arriving in Tampere for IAAF World Under-20 Champs

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 07, 2018

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The majority of the Jamaican contingent arrived in Tampere, Finland, yesterday ahead of Tuesday's start of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, after leaving Jamaica on Thursday.

The Jamaican delegation left in three groups, travelling through Miami to London to Helsinki, the Finnish capital, before completing the fourth stage, a two-hour bus ride to Tampere.

The first group of the 42-member team as well as coaches and other officials arrived in Helsinki about 8:00 am yesterday, with the other two sets expected to arrive within hours of touching down.

About three members of the group, including men's triple jumper Owayne Owens, are expected to arrive tomorrow as the Cornwall College student was delayed in Jamaica following his application for a US student visa after being offered an athletics scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Owens, who won the event at the recent JAAA National Junior Championships with a personal best 15.70m (-2.4m/s) and was fifth at the IAAF World Under-18 championships in Nairobi, Kenya last year, will travel directly to Virginia from Finland to start his college career.

Meanwhile, in addition to sprint hurdler Dejour Russell who was forced to withdraw due to injuries, two other members of the original team did not make the trip.

Russell's former Calabar High teammate Tyreke Wilson, who was fourth in the Under-20 boys' 100m at the Championships, and Edwin Allen high jumper Janique Burgher were also missing.

Wilson, it is understood, had some academic obligations at Florida State University where he will take up a scholarship starting August, and was forced to withdraw from the team.

Petersfield High's Kevon Stone was a late addition and is down to participate in the men's 200m.

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