Fans from the following territories and countries can tune in to coverage of the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 from 10-15 July.
Niemand die dit weekend in het Koning Boudewijnstadion meer Belgische titels heeft, dik over de twintig. Niemand die zoveel internationale kampioenschappen op haar naam heeft. Weinig Belgen – of het moet olympisch kampioene Nafi Thiam zijn - die dit seizoen constant zo’n Europees topniveau halen. En toch wordt de hordesprintster Eline Berings (32) niet ondersteund als profatlete. “Vijftien jaar lang kreeg ik mijn truitjes en spikes, nu moet ik mezelf sponsoren.”
Eline Berings, Anne Zagré en Nafi Thiam hebben zich zaterdag op het BK atletiek in Brussel vlot geplaatst voor de finale van de 100 meter horden op zondag. Alle reeksen werden met tegenwind afgewerkt, maar Berings deed het met 13.06 toch nog goed. Thiam en Zagré klokten 13.68 en 13.69.
The race to become the fastest teenager in the world looks like it will come down to a clash between two sprint superpowers: South Africa and the United States.
USA’s Twanisha Terry will take on Jamaica’s Briana Williams over 100m in what is possibly one of the most eagerly awaited clashes of the championships.
Much like the 100m, the men's half lap is shaping into a battle between the rising US and South African sprints corps.
If this event plays out according to the form chart, the USA will be in a strong position to produce the first national 1-2 200m finish since Nigeria took gold and silver at the inaugural edition in 1986.
For a nation accustomed to dominating the sprints over the past decade, a tally of four medals from the IAAF World Championships in London caused some recrimination and soul searching in the Jamaican ranks last summer.
It’s not often an Indian sprinter lines up in a global championship as the one to beat, but that’s very much the case in the women’s 400m in Tampere where Hima Das will look to repel the challenge of a strong USA duo.
Ethiopia’s Tadese Lemi heads the entries for two-lap contest courtesy of his 1:46.00 clocking in Djibouti earlier this year, where he finished a close runner-up to former world indoor 1500m champion Ayanleh Souleiman.
Sammy Watson is only the third fastest American on paper at U20 level in 2018 but that doesn't mean the 18-year-old is not the favourite to retain her title.
Anytime you get an athlete competing at an U20 Championship who is good enough to win gold at senior level, victory is typically a foregone conclusion, but despite the outstanding ability of Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera that’s not strictly the case here in Tampere.
Ethiopian athletes have won three of the last four 1500m titles since 2010 - Faith Kipyegon being the interloper in 2012 - and this record is expected to be improved upon in Tampere.
Five Ethiopian U20 athletes have run 13:15 or faster already this season and they will be sending their very best to Tampere in the form of reigning champion Selemon Barega.
Don’t be fooled by the world U20 list. The Ethiopian duo of Girmawit Gebregziabher and Tsige Gebreselama are ranked outside the top 10 on the U20 list at this distance but it would be imprudent to take those times at face value.
Among the biggest favourites on the Tampere Stadium track this week will be rising Ugandan star Jacob Kiplimo, whose career has advanced by the proverbial leaps and bounds since he raced to 10,000m bronze at the last edition of these championships two years ago.
Japan-based Hellen Ekarare Lobun leads the entry lists by a clear margin with 15:12.89 but she was decisively beaten at the Kenyan U20 Championships by Beatrice Chebet, 15:31.66 to 15:46.97.
Staggering. There's no other way to describe Kenyan dominance in this event. In 15 of the championships' 16 editions, the first man across the finish line wore the country’s black, red and green. In 10 of those races, Kenya took home gold and silver. The only certainty at the moment is that there won't be a repeat of the latter - simply because the east African powerhouse has, surprisingly, entered only one athlete in the event.
In an event as unpredictable as the 3000m steeplechase, it may be unwise to assume anything ahead of time, but we can say this ahead of Friday evening’s final: Celliphine Chepteek Chespol looks almost unbeatable.
World U18 champion De'Jour Russell's rise through the ranks is such that he made the Jamaican senior team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, making the final just days after celebrating his 18th birthday.