Talk:List of world junior records in athletics

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Age limit for junior records?[edit]

Could someone please explain to me why Steve Lewis was able to establish a 400 metres WJR at 19 years, 135 days of age, while Yohan Blake's 9.99 sec over 100 metres at 19 years, 197 days is not a world junior record? Where's the age limit for junior records? 19½ years? —bender235 (talk) 15:14, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

In the United States, which I would assume mirrors IAAF policy, youth age division eligibility is determined by birth year to the year of their 19th birthday. Blake's birthday being at the end of December, he was only allowed 5 days that year after turning 19, while the others might get considerably longer. Its a goofy sounding system, but that's the reality.Trackinfo (talk) 17:26, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Yep. The same criteria apply for those wishing to enter the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics. Sillyfolkboy (talk) (edits)Join WikiProject Athletics! 17:42, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Checking records[edit]

I happened to check the records listed on the IAAF site. There is no mention of Torsten Voss as recordholder in the Decathlon. He's not even on the top ten. Instead the record listed is 8131 for Arkadiy Vasilyev. Its an inferior mark to Voss, so I haven't corrected it yet. IAAF does make mistakes too. So do editors. Trackinfo (talk) 01:23, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Ratification of 100 m record?[edit]

Is it true that Jeffrey Demps' 100 m WJR was ratified? I cannot find verification of this on the IAAF website. Mipchunk (talk) 07:13, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Its true. IAAF lists it as =#2 best time (behind Mark Lewis Francis NWI 9.97) on the all-time list, but does not list it at all on the records page. I would think it should be listed as pending unless someone has another excuse/ Trackinfo (talk) 10:20, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Carl Lewis Long Jump[edit]

I was reading about Carl Lewis and saw on the wikipedia article (and on the wikirun article) that he long jumped 8.62 meters (28ft 3in) while he was still a teenager. Can someone look into this? It's under the headline "Breakthrough in 1981 and 1982" because I think this could be a world junior record if he fits under the birthday age qualifications WanderingE1000 (talk) 05:57, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

This is a list of world records that have been ratified by the IAAF. We also note performances that have not been ratified, if we can document them. Lewis, born in July 1, 1961 might have jumped 8.62 on June 20, 1981, which technically keeps him as a teenager, but under the rules would not count because his 20th birthday occurred during that year. Under international rules, his last day of eligibility as a junior was December 31, 1980. At the time, he had Randy Williams' 8.34m 1972 Olympic winning jump as a famous target, which survived Lewis and everybody else until Morgunov's 8.35m in 2012. Lewis jumped 8.35m once in 1980, but it was wind aided, another factor that disqualifies a record. Trackinfo (talk) 09:07, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Ah, that's unfortunate. Would have been cool to Carl Lewis's name on the list (talk) 03:26, 15 February 2015 (UTC)