World U-20 Champs third-largest ever

Thursday, July 05, 2018

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The IAAF World Under-20 Championships that are set to get underway in Tampere, Finland, next Tuesday, will be the third- largest in terms of entries, say organisers.

“With the deadline for the final entries now closed, a total of 1,466 athletes — 782 men and 684 women — representing 160 federations and teams have been entered,” a release from the IAAF yesterday said.

Barcelona in 2012 with 1,566 athletes and two years ago in Bydgoszcz with 1,545 athletes, had more athletes competing than this staging, which would be the first major global track and field event in Finland, the release also said.

One hundred and fifty-eight nations will be represented, while there will be a contingent of Athletes Refugees Team (ART). Others will be entered as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA).

Jamaica will account for 42 of the athletes who were named by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) last week following the four-day championships held at the National Stadium, June 21-24.

The Jamaican contingent, to be led by manager Ewan Scott, will start leaving the island today and will travel in four groups with all expected to be in Tampere by Saturday afternoon.

Sprinters Christopher Taylor, who has World Junior leading times in the 200m (20.35 seconds) and the 400m (44.88 seconds) — the latter a National Junior Record — as well as the joint second leading time in the 100m (10.11 seconds), the joint National Junior Record; Briana Williams and hurdler Damian Thomas, who equalled the World Junior record 12.99 seconds, will lead the Jamaican charge in the southern Finnish city.

Jamaica won eight medals at the last championships — two gold, three silver and three bronze.

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