BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, Sporting Alert – The IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016, formerly the World Junior Championships, get under way on Tuesday and according to the organisers, this edition will be one of the biggest-ever.
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This year’s staging will take place from July 19-24, and the IAAF website reports that the host is on course to welcome one of the biggest groups of athletes in the history of the championships.
A total of 1,518 athletes, including 832 men and 686 women – have been entered to compete at IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016, which is the second-biggest of this age group thus far.
To date, only the Barcelona 2012 edition, which entertained 1566 athletes, has attracted more competitors, while this year’s competition will surpass the figures from the 2008 edition, which was also held in Bydgoszcz.
Some 160 IAAF member federations have confirmed their participation – which is also set to be one of the most attended. Beijing 2006, where 176 countries gathered, is still the biggest edition.
The action gets under way on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am, (3:30 am ET), with the start of the men’s Decathlon U20, with qualifications in the men’s Shot Put scheduled to go off at 3:35 am ET.
The first open event action on the track will be the women’s 3000 metres Steeplechase heats, which starts at 3:55 am.
Also on the schedule in the morning session is the men’s 1500m and women’s 800m heats, as well as the heats of the men’s 100m dash.
The evening session, which gets going at 5:00 pm local time (11:00 am ET), starts with the women’s Pole Vault qualification, while the women’s 400m heats and women’s Discus Throw qualification are also on the list.
There are three finals slated for Tuesday’s Day 1; the men’s Shot Put and the 10,000m and the women’s 10,000m Race Walk Final.
LOCAL TIME MY TIME SEX EVENT ROUND
09:30 03:30 M 100 Metres Decathlon U20
09:35 03:35 M Shot Put (6kg) Qualification
09:55 03:55 W 3000 Metres Steeplechase Heats
10:05 04:05 W Javelin Throw Qualification Group A
10:20 04:20 M Long Jump Decathlon U20
10:35 04:35 M 1500 Metres Heats
11:10 05:10 W 800 Metres Heats
11:20 05:20 W Javelin Throw Qualification Group B
11:55 05:55 M Long Jump Qualification
12:05 06:05 M 100 Metres Heats
12:10 06:10 M Shot Put (6kg) Decathlon U20
LOCAL TIME (EST TIME) SEX EVENT ROUND
17:00 (11:00 am) W Pole Vault Qualification
17:15 (11:15 am) M High Jump Decathlon U20
18:00 (12:00 pm) W 10,000 Metres Race Walk Final
18:20 (12:20 pm) W Discus Throw Qualification Group A
19:10 (13:10 pm) W 400 Metres Heats
19:35 (13:35 pm) W Discus Throw Qualification Group B
20:00 (14:00 pm) M Shot Put (6kg) Final
20:05 (14:05 pm) M 400 Metres Decathlon U20
20:30 (14:30 pm) M 10,000 Metres Final
USA Team TV Broadcast Schedule and Live Updates
|Date||Day||Start (ET)||End (ET)||Network||Notes|
|7/19/2016||Tuesday||9:00 PM||10:00 PM||UniHD||Day 1|
|7/20/2016||Wednesday||9:00 PM||10:00 PM||UniHD||Day 2|
|7/21/2016||Thursday||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||UniHD||Day 3|
|7/22/2016||Friday||9:00 PM||10:00 PM||UniHD||Day 4|
|7/23/2016||Saturday||9:00 PM||10:00 PM||UniHD||Day 5|
|7/24/2016||Sunday||9:00 PM||10:00 PM||UniHD||Day 6|