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IAAF World Youth Track & Field Championships

July 9-13, 2003
Sherbrooke, Canada

Some of America's brightest young stars will travel to Sherbrooke, Canada, for the third edition of the IAAF World Youth Athletics Track & Field Championships, July 9-13. Team USA, composed of 50+ athletes, was primarily selected based upon performances at last summer's National Youth Athletics Championships and the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Athletes also have to meet an IAAF qualifying standard. The IAAF World Youth Championships are for athletes ages 15-17, and are held every odd year.

At the 2001 edition of the Championships, held in Debrecen, Hungary, the youth of America was well-served. Team USA topped the final medals table with 15, winning five golds, seven silvers, and three bronzes. Kenya had the second most medals with 10. In the team scoring, the U.S. won with 119 points, 12 ahead of Germany.

Angel Perkins raced to a 23.07 in the 200m, setting a World Youth Championships record and lowering her personal best from 23.14. The Cerritos, Calif., high schooler also ran a 300-meter leg on the winning U.S. sprint medley relay to pick up her second gold of the meet. Perkins was named the meet's outstanding female performer for her efforts in Debrecen. Jonathan Wade, from Shreveport's (LA) Evangel High School, dominated the men's 200m with a time of 20.95 and ran the opening 100-meter leg on the U.S. men's sprint medley team that won silver.

The inaugural IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships was held in 1991 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It proved to be a springboard to success for several of this country's rising stars, including Monique Henderson, who captured a pair of gold medals, including top honors in her specialty, the 400m, and Bryan Sears who won three medals (gold, silver, and bronze) at the competition. Overall, the USA won four gold medals and seven total medals.

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