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Jamaicans among record numbers for IAAF Youth Champs

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

Jamaica’s contingent of 32 athletes which left the island Monday bound for Bydgoszcz, Poland, for the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships between July 8-13, will be among the largest ever number of teams taking part at the meet that is held every two years.

The IAAF confirmed earlier that a record 183 countries from a total of 213 affiliates had confirmed their entries for the meet which is open to athletes between 17-19 years old.

A release from the IAAF described the level of entries as “phenomenal”, surpassing the next best which was 176 entries in Beijing two years ago.

The Jamaican team was expected to arrive in Poland yesterday and will enter a pre-competition training camp along with other NACAC countries today.

Ian Forbes, manager of the Jamaican team, said the journey “shouldn’t be too difficult…it will be challenging, but nothing we can’t handle”.

The contingent was expected arrive in London at about 1:00 pm (Jamaican time) yesterday before heading off to Warsaw, Poland, after a four-hour delay, then take another short flight to the competition venue.

The camp will last until July 6, at which time the Jamaicans will move into the Games Village.

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