IAAF World U20 Championships

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The IAAF World U20 Championships is a biennial world championships for the sport of athletics organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations, contested by athletes in the under-20 athletics age category (19 years old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition.[1][2]

The competition was launched at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in 1986 and . The name of the competition was changed in November 2015.

Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby is the most successful athlete at the championships, having won one gold and four silver in individual and relay sprinting events between 2000 and 2004. Chris Nelloms, Davidson Ezinwa and Dexter Lee share the position of most successful male athlete, at four medals each.[3]

Championships[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue Top of the medal table Nations Athletes Men Women
1 1986 Athens  Greece 16–20 July Athens Olympic Stadium  East Germany 142 1135 752 383
2 1988 Sudbury  Canada 27–31 July Laurentian University Stadium  East Germany 123 1024 574 450
3 1990 Plovdiv  Bulgaria 8–12 August Deveti Septemvri Stadium  Soviet Union 87 987 606 381
4 1992 Seoul  South Korea 16–20 September Seoul Olympic Stadium  China 90 954 535 419
5 1994 Lisbon  Portugal 20–24 July Estádio Universitário de Lisboa  United States 143 1139 674 465
6 1996 Sydney  Australia 20–25 August Sydney International Athletic Centre  United States 142 1049 640 409
7 1998 Annecy  France 28 July – 2 August Parc des Sports  China 169 1156 657 499
8 2000 Santiago  Chile 17–22 October Estadio Nacional de Chile  Kenya 151 1122 638 484
9 2002 Kingston  Jamaica 16–21 July Independence Park  United States 159 1069 630 439
10 2004 Grosseto  Italy 12–18 July Stadio Olimpico Comunale  United States 168 1261 680 581
11 2006 Beijing  China 15–20 August Chaoyang Sport Centre  Kenya 176 1350 742 608
12 2008 Bydgoszcz  Poland 8–13 July Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium  United States 165 1408 757 651
13 2010 Moncton  Canada 19–25 July Moncton Stadium  Kenya 163 1313 746 567
14 2012 Barcelona  Spain 10–15 July Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys  United States 171 1566 856 710
15 2014 Eugene  United States 22–27 July Hayward Field  United States 175 1546 831 715
16 2016 Bydgoszcz  Poland 19–24 July Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium  United States 140 1359
17 2018 Tampere  Finland 10–15 July Ratina Stadium

The 2016 Championships were due to be held in Kazan, Russia until the IAAF's suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation, which prohibits Russia from hosting international competitions. This event was relocated.[2][4]

All-time medal table[edit]

as of 2016

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 105 69 55 229
2  Kenya 72 62 41 175
3  Russia 43 32 26 101
4  China 38 44 33 115
5  Ethiopia 34 30 25 89
6  Germany 30 37 33 100
7  Cuba 27 31 19 77
8  Great Britain 27 25 32 84
9  Jamaica 23 34 34 91
10  East Germany 23 10 18 51
11  Romania 20 18 15 53
12  Soviet Union 18 16 22 56
13  South Africa 13 14 10 37
14  France 13 12 15 40
15  Australia 11 21 27 59
16  Poland 11 16 13 40
17  Bulgaria 11 5 7 23
18  Nigeria 10 13 7 30
19  Qatar 9 4 5 18
20  Finland 8 9 15 32
21  Ukraine 8 8 10 26
22  Trinidad and Tobago 8 2 7 17
23  Sweden 7 9 7 23
24  Croatia 7 2 4 13
25  Belarus 6 10 11 27
26  Spain 5 14 6 25
27  Netherlands 5 4 11 20
28  Czech Republic 5 4 1 10
29  Hungary 4 13 4 21
30  Japan 4 12 27 43
31  Italy 4 6 9 19
32 Unified Team 4 2 5 11
33  Brazil 4 1 8 13
34  Uganda 4 1 6 11
35  Bahamas 4 0 5 9
36  Estonia 4 0 2 6
37  Norway 3 5 2 10
38  Latvia 3 4 1 8
39  Morocco 3 3 15 21
40  West Germany 3 3 3 9
41   Switzerland 3 3 0 6
42  Mexico 3 2 1 6
43  New Zealand 3 0 5 8
44  Uzbekistan 3 0 1 4
45  Canada 2 6 8 16
46  Bahrain 2 3 6 11
47  Algeria 2 2 1 5
48  Montenegro 2 0 0 2
49  Greece 1 4 5 10
50  Yugoslavia 1 3 3 7
51  Ecuador 1 3 2 6
52  Argentina 1 3 1 5
52  Lithuania 1 3 1 5
52  Slovenia 1 3 1 5
55  Slovakia 1 2 4 7
55  Turkey 1 2 4 7
57  Portugal 1 2 3 6
57  Serbia 1 2 3 6
59  Saudi Arabia 1 2 2 5
60  Sudan 1 2 1 4
61  Botswana 1 1 2 4
61  Colombia 1 1 2 4
61  Grenada 1 1 2 4
64  Chile 1 1 0 2
64  Iran 1 1 0 2
66  India 1 0 2 3
66  Moldova 1 0 2 3
68  Barbados 1 0 1 2
68  Peru 1 0 1 2
70  Austria 1 0 0 1
70  Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1
70  Turks and Caicos Islands 1 0 0 1
73  Tanzania 0 4 2 6
74  Czechoslovakia 0 3 2 5
75  Egypt 0 3 1 4
76  Eritrea 0 3 0 3
77  Djibouti 0 2 0 2
77  Ireland 0 2 0 2
79  Korea Republic 0 1 5 6
80  Belgium 0 1 4 5
81  Kazakhstan 0 1 1 2
81  Kuwait 0 1 1 2
83  Antigua and Barbuda 0 1 0 1
83  Burundi 0 1 0 1
83  Denmark 0 1 0 1
83  Guyana 0 1 0 1
83  Israel 0 1 0 1
83  Malawi 0 1 0 1
83  Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
83  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 1 0 1
83  Seychelles 0 1 0 1
83  Tunisia 0 1 0 1
83  Venezuela 0 1 0 1
94  Ghana 0 0 2 2
94  Zimbabwe 0 0 2 2
96  Azerbaijan 0 0 1 1
96  British Virgin Islands 0 0 1 1
96  Cayman Islands 0 0 1 1
96  Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
96  Fiji 0 0 1 1
96  Iceland 0 0 1 1
96  Kyrgyzstan 0 0 1 1
96  Luxembourg 0 0 1 1
96  Serbia and Montenegro 0 0 1 1
96  United States Virgin Islands 0 0 1 1

Championships records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Meet Place Ref
100 m 10.05 (+0.1 m/s) Adam Gemili  United Kingdom 11 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [5]
200 m 20.17 (+1.2 m/s) Michael Norman  United States 22 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [6]
400 m 44.66 Hamdan Al-Bishi  Saudi Arabia 20 October 2000 2000 Championships Chile Santiago, Chile
800 m 1:43.79 Nijel Amos  Botswana 15 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [7]
1500 m 3:35.53 Abdalaati Iguider  Morocco 15 July 2004 2004 Championships Italy Grosseto, Italy
5000 m 13:08.57 Abreham Cherkos  Ethiopia 13 July 2008 2008 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland
10000 m 27:25.23 Rodgers Kwemoi  Kenya 19 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [8]
110 m hurdles (0.99 m) 12.99 (+0.5 m/s) WJR Wilhem Belocian  France 24 July 2014 2014 Championships United States Eugene, United States [9]
400 m hurdles 48.51 Kerron Clement  United States 16 July 2004 2004 Championships Italy Grosseto, Italy
3000 m steeplechase 8:06.10 Conseslus Kipruto  Kenya 15 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [10]
High jump 2.37 m WJR Dragutin Topić  Yugoslavia 12 August 1990 1990 Championships Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Steve Smith  Great Britain 20 September 1992 1992 Championships South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Pole vault 5.71 m Germán Chiaraviglio  Argentina 19 August 2006 2006 Championships China Beijing, China
Long jump 8.20 m James Stallworth  United States 9 August 1990 1990 Championships Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Triple jump 17.13 m (+0.7 m/s) Lázaro Martínez  Cuba 27 July 2014 2014 Championships United States Eugene, United States [11]
Shot put (6 kg) 23.34 m WJR Konrad Bukowiecki  Poland 19 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [12]
Discus throw (1.75 kg) 67.32 m Margus Hunt  Estonia 16 August 2006 2006 Championships China Beijing, China
Hammer throw (6 kg) 85.57 m WJR Ashraf Amgad Elseify  Qatar 14 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [13]
Javelin throw 86.48 m WJR Neeraj Chopra  India 23 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [14]
Decathlon 8162 pts WJR Niklas Kaul  Germany 19–20 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [15]
100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
11.52 +0.8 6.79m -1.9 14.80m
(6 kg)
2.10m 49.69 14.72 +0.9
(0.99 m)
41.80m
(1.750 kg)
4.80m 71.59m WJDB 4:21.70
10000 m walk (track) 39:27.19 Daisuke Matsunaga  Japan 25 July 2014 2014 Championships United States Eugene, United States [16]
4 × 100 m relay 38.66 WJR Trell Kimmons
Abidemi Omole
Ivory Williams
LaShawn Merritt
 United States 18 July 2004 2004 Championships Italy Grosseto, Italy
4 × 400 m relay 3:01.09 WJR Brandon Johnson
LaShawn Merritt
Jason Craig
Kerron Clement
 United States 18 July 2004 2004 Championships Italy Grosseto, Italy

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nation Date Meet Place Ref
100 m 11.07 (+0.9 m/s) Candace Hill  United States 21 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [17]
200 m 22.53 (+0.2 m/s) Anthonique Strachan  Bahamas 13 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [18]
400 m 50.50 Ashley Spencer  United States 13 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [19]
800 m 2:00.06 Elena Mirela Lavric  Romania 11 July 2008 2008 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland
1500 m 4:04.96 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon  Kenya 15 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [20]
3000 m 8:41.76 Beyenu Degefa  Ethiopia 20 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [21]
5000 m 15:08.06 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 21 July 2010 2010 Championships Canada Moncton, Canada [22]
100 m hurdles 12.85 (+2.0 m/s) Elvira Herman  Belarus 24 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [23]
400 m hurdles 54.70 Lashinda Demus  United States 19 July 2002 2002 Championships Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
3000 m steeplechase 9:25.15 Celliphine Chepteek Chespol  Kenya 22 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [24]
High jump 2.00 m Alina Astafei  Romania 29 July 1988 1988 Championships Canada Sudbury, Canada
Pole vault 4.55 m Angelica Moser   Switzerland 21 July 2016 2016 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland [25]
Long jump 6.82 m Fiona May  Great Britain 30 July 1988 1988 Championships Canada Sudbury, Canada
Triple jump 14.62 m WJR Tereza Marinova  Bulgaria 25 August 1996 1996 Championships Australia 1996 Sydney
Shot put 18.76 m Cheng Xiaoyan  People's Republic of China 21 July 1994 1994 Championships Portugal 1994 Lisbon
Discus throw 68.24 m Ilke Wyludda  East Germany 31 July 1988 1988 Championships Canada Sudbury, Canada
Hammer throw 70.62 m Alexandra Tavernier  France 14 July 2012 2012 Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain [26]
Javelin throw 63.01 m WJR Vira Rebryk  Ukraine 10 July 2008 2008 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland
Heptathlon 6470 pts Carolina Klüft  Sweden 20 July 2002 2002 Championships Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
10000 m walk (track) 42:47.25 WJR Anežka Drahotová  Czech Republic 23 July 2014 2014 Championships United States Eugene, United States [27]
4 × 100 m relay 43.40 Sherone Simpson
Kerron Stewart
Anneisha McLaughlin
Simone Facey
 Jamaica 21 July 2002 2002 Championships Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
4 × 400 m relay 3:27.60 WJR Alexandria Anderson
Ashlee Kidd
Stephanie Smith
Natasha Hastings
 United States 18 July 2004 2004 Championships Italy Grosseto, Italy

Disqualifications[edit]

Doping[edit]

Several athletes have been stripped of medals due to doping.[3]

Athlete Nation Sex Event Result Year
Juan Miguel López  Cuba Men Triple jump Silver 1986
Vladyslav Piskunov  Ukraine Men Hammer throw Gold 1994
Seema Antil  India Women Discus throw Gold 2000
Katsiaryna Artsiukh  Belarus Women 400 metres hurdles Gold 2010
Geisa Arcanjo  Brazil Women Shot put Gold 2010
Adel Jaber Al-Asseri  Saudi Arabia Men 200 metres 2008
Jacek Wiśniewski  Poland Men Shot put 2010
Aslı Çakir  Turkey Women 3000 metres steeplechase, 4 × 400 metres relay 2004
Renubala Mahanta  India Women Long jump 2010

Age falsification[edit]

Two athletes subsequently lost their medals as a result of fraudulently misstating their age on official documents: Bahrain's 2006 steeplechase silver medallist Tareq Mubarak Taher and Morocco's Ahmed Baday (1998 5000 metres bronze). In addition to this, later analysis of Moses Kiptanui's age when having won the 1990 1500 m showed he was marginally overage (aged 19 years, 315 days) at the time of his victory, though this result has not been rescinded.[3]

Title defences[edit]

Given the age limitations on the competition it is rare that athletes get the opportunity to defend previous individual titles. A total of 22 athletes have managed this feat, eight of them men and fourteen women.[3] In addition to this Anita Weyermann won the 3000 m title after taking the 1500 m title two years earlier.

Men
Athlete Nation Event Years
Wilfred Kirochi  Kenya 1500 metres 1986–88
Dexter Lee  Jamaica 100 metres 2008–10
Jonathan Ndiku  Kenya 3000 metres steeplechase 2008–10
Jacko Gill  New Zealand Shot put 2010–12
Ashraf Amgad Elseify  Egypt Hammer throw 2012–14
Jaheel Hyde  Jamaica 400 metres hurdles 2014–16
Lázaro Martínez  Cuba Triple jump 2014–16
Konrad Bukowiecki  Poland Shot put 2014–16
Women
Athlete Nation Event Years
Svetla Dimitrova  Bulgaria Heptathlon 1986–88
Ilke Wyludda  East Germany Discus throw 1986–88
Gillian Russell  Jamaica 100 metres hurdles 1990–92
Irina Stankina  Russia 5000 metres walk 1994–96
Osleidys Menéndez  Cuba Javelin throw 1996–98
Blanka Vlašić  Croatia High jump 2000–02
Ivana Brkljačić  Croatia Hammer throw 2000–02
Carolina Klüft  Sweden Heptathlon 2000–02
Ma Xuejun  China Discus throw 2002–04
Bianca Perie  Romania Hammer throw 2006–08
Mirela Lavric  Romania 800 metres 2008–10
Mercy Cherono  Kenya 3000 metres 2008–10
Dailenys Alcántara  Cuba Triple jump 2008–10
Angelica Bengtsson  Sweden Pole vault 2010–12

Doubles[edit]

A total of fourteen athletes have won two individual titles at the same championships (eight men, six women). The majority of these are sprint or long-distance combinations, although Andrew Howe (200 m and long jump) and Morgan Lake (high jump and heptathlon) managed to win novel doubles.[3]

Men
Athlete Nation Events Year
Peter Chumba  Kenya 5000 metres, 10,000 metres 1986
Ato Boldon  Trinidad and Tobago 100 metres, 200 metres 1992
Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 5000 metres, 10,000 metres 1992
Daniel Komen  Kenya 5000 metres, 10,000 metres 1994
Francis Obikwelu  Nigeria 100 metres, 200 metres 1996
Assefa Mezgebu  Ethiopia 5000 metres, 10,000 metres 1996
Christian Malcolm  United Kingdom 100 metres, 200 metres 1998
Andrew Howe  Italy 200 metres, long jump 2004
Women
Athlete Nation Events Year
Yin Lili  China 3000 metres, 5000 metres 1998
Veronica Campbell  Jamaica 100 metres, 200 metres 2000
Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 3000 metres, 5000 metres 2002
Tezdzhan Naimova  Bulgaria 100 metres, 200 metres 2006
Anthonique Strachan  Bahamas 100 metres, 200 metres 2006
Morgan Lake  Great Britain High jump, heptathlon 2014

References[edit]

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