Cuba has won four of the eight World U18 titles in boys' triple jump thus far, and they will be looking to make it five in Nairobi with the two top entrants in the field.
In a field where the leading five athletes are separated by just 16cm, it’s anyone’s guess who will reign supreme in Nairobi and take the girls’ triple jump title. The leading three entrants span the width of the globe, with Bulgaria’s Aleksandra Nacheva, Cuba’s Zulia Hernandez and China’s Pan Youqi boasting the longest jumps this season.
If form lines are to be believed, then this should come down to an all-European battle for the medals, with German pair Jonas Tesch and Timo Northoff taking on Belarus’s Mikhail Samuseu.
A German-Chinese dual match is the name of the game in the girls' shot put. Selina Dantzler start as favourite following a consistent series of results this season, topped by her recent 18.19m.
Claudio Romero starts as favourite with a best of 63.65m this year and 64.18m in 2016. The young Chilean has already won medals in the South American championships in both the U18 and U20 categories and competed in the World U20 Championships last year.
Silinda Morales of Cuba has only been competing in her home country so far, but she enters the competition as the favourite with the best mark of 53.21m and a host of other performances well beyond the 50-metre line.
If he is anywhere near his best, Ukrainian athlete Mykhaylo Kokhan should be a dominant force with the hammer.
As is often the case when it’s hammer time, it’s the Eastern European entrants who should be looked to first. Romania’s Ana Adela Stanciu is the leading thrower in the field, with a best of 69.58m this season, which she threw in Istanbul to win the Balkan Youth Championships last month. She has thrown over 69 metres in three of her five competitions with the 3kg ball this year, so should prove tough to beat.
Heading the entries and the world list this season is Dawid Wegner of Poland with 81.48m. The Pole, however, has not come within 10 metres of the mark since May.
Given that she will be the only girl in action in Nairobi who has set a world U18 record this year, it’s fair to say Cuban javelin thrower Marisleisys Duarthe is one of the biggest favourites in any event.
Two years ago in Cali, Germany’s Niklas Kaul came out on top in the decathlon after a two-day battle with Ludovic Besson of France.
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