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Monday, July 19, 2010

World Junior Championships Begin, plus links

The IAAF World Junior Championships begin today in Moncton, New Brunswick.  The biennial event for under-20 athletes runs through Sunday (July 25).

It does not appear that there will be any TV or web coverage of the meet in the United States. For those of you who live in the best part of the country, where hockey rules the winter, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.  will do a daily taped package between midnight and 1 AM on Monday through Friday (actually Tuesday through Saturday morning), plus live broadcasts from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday and 12:30 to 3 PM on Sunday.  CBC Sports also has a live stream, although I have no idea about the time frame or whether it's available outside Canada.

World Junior champions sometimes fizzle in their later years (Chris Nelloms, Obea Moore) and sometimes sizzle (Usain Bolt, Haile Gebrselassie), so this is a meet worth following.  Some of this year's competitors are already stars on the senior level, most notably Jehue Gordon and Kirani James.

Be aware that Moncton is in the Atlantic time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern time.  Yeah, Canada's a big country (as noted by the 80s Canadian band Big Country, in their song Big Country, on their album Big Country).

Today's lone final is the women's 3000 meters, the first test for Oregon frosh and age-group ace Jordan Hasay.  Universal Sports' Joe Battaglia interviewed her yesterday.

Webpages to note:
IAAF World Juniors home page
CBC Sports home page and live web stream and live blog
There are previews by the IAAF; by CBC Sports; by ESPN Rise for men's track, men's field, women's track and women's field; and by Terry Finisterre for the Caribbean athletes.

Other links...
Runner's World Racing News has the weekend headlines
Two British shot putters got a two-year ban for refusing a dope test
Prerace Jitters poses 14 questions for hurdler Johnny Dutch...and got 14 answers
The IAAF rounds up yesterday's action at the invitational in Tangiers plus national championship meets in the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium
Flotrack interviews Cincinnati's David Payne
Friend of the blog Martin Bingisser achieved his goals at the Swiss Championships
Track & Field News unveils a new home page

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