IAAF minister Ato Boldon and TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna are both energized for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, to be held July 22-27 at Hayward Field. It will be the biggest IAAF titles ever hung on U.S. soil.
By Curtis Anderson/TrackTown USA
EUGENE, Ore. – With the official declaration that 177 nations have communicated enthusiasm for contending at the IAAF World Junior Championships this mid year, one thing is sure:
This will be the biggest IAAF occasion ever challenged on U.S. soil.
The six-day meet, which highlights the world’s best olympic style sports competitors less than 20 years old, will be held July 22-27 at notable Hayward Field on the University of Oregon grounds.
More than 1,700 competitors from around the globe are relied upon to contend at the meet, which is being arranged in the U.S. surprisingly, giving an uncommon home field advantage for Team USA.
“This is an exceptionally energizing open door for us,” said Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA, the nearby sorting out board of trustees for the IAAF World Junior Championships.
“There are such a variety of cool things going on this year that we’re naming it, maybe, the best season ever at Hayward Field, and that is a major thing to say in regards to this office.”
Lananna made those remarks at a question and answer session before the Oregon Twilight Meet a week ago. He was joined by IAAF envoy Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist from Trinidad and Tobago, who was a piece of the Pac-12 Network’s telecast group for the meet.
Boldon clearly reviewed his involvement with the 1992 IAAF World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
After a lowering execution at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, in which he neglected to progress out of the opening round in either the 100 or 200 meters, he discovered recovery a couple of weeks after the fact when he turned into the primary twofold sprint champion in the historical backdrop of the IAAF World Junior Championships.
“For a great deal of these youthful competitors that are going to the IAAF World Junior Championships, this is the incline on their vocation interstate,” Boldon said. “They need to choose, ‘Am I adequate to continue going and be a genius, or is this where I exit?’ … for me, I went into it with a chip on my shoulder and made some history. My recommendation to them, as a matter of first importance, is have a fabulous time and love the companionships you’ll make.”
Boldon included that it was “to a great degree noteworthy” that the IAAF World Junior Championships were being held in the U.S. surprisingly.
“The more we can show olympic style sports taking care of business, and at what we as a whole concur is the game’s best venue, it develops the game,” he said. “There is a recognition abroad that the reason America has never facilitated the World Juniors is that we don’t generally care, and we realize that is not valid. Facilitating this meet (at Hayward Field) disperses a ton of those assumptions.”
In his last university meet as a senior at UCLA in 1996, Boldon won a NCAA title in the 100 meters at Hayward Field. He was asked what he would advise the lesser competitors to expect when contending in TrackTown USA.
“I would let them know you’re going to get ruined,” Boldon said. “The stands will be pressed and will keep running before America’s most educated fans. In the event that I needed to do my vocation over, I would have run several more times at Hayward Field.
“Along these lines, regardless of whether they know it, they will begin at the top as far as this venue, and I trust they leave away with a good impression of what American olympic style events fans resemble.”
As a previous sprinter, Boldon is enthusiastic to watch the men’s 100 meters unfurl this year, particularly after Baylor green bean Trayvon Brommel tied the World Junior record with a wind-lawful time of 10.01 seconds prior this year.
“I feel the United States, specifically, is because of demonstrate who’s the following (one) coming,” Boldon said. “You have the more seasoned folks, as (Justin) Gatlin etc, kind of holding tight, and the reason an old lion holds tight is on account of another lion hasn’t come up to chomp him in the neck.
“For me, it’s who will be the new whelp to chomp these more seasoned folks in the neck in an additional 24 months when the U.S. Olympic Trials return here. The World Juniors will give me a decent sign as to who that whelp seems to be.”
Boldon is one of three IAAF diplomats who will work at the IAAF World Junior Championships, joining two other UCLA alums: 2004 Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes (100-meter obstacles) and three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee (heptathlon, long bounce).
“We’re all nearby and associated,” Boldon said. “We’re to a great degree glad to speak to the IAAF at this occasion. We’re generally eager to be in Eugene, and I’ve as of now conversed with them about the amount of fun we’re going to have up here at Hayward Field.”