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IAAF World Junior Championships Coming to Eugene in 2014 (VIDEO)

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IAAF World Junior Championships

IAAF World Junior Championships

Things just are better in TrackTown USA. We’re less than a year away from the IAAF World Junior Championships, which will take place at Hayward Field beginning July 22, 2014.

“With exactly one year to go, we are extremely delighted that an IAAF World Championship is returning to the USA next year for the first time since 1992,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack. “This is a major step forward in the promotion of our sport in the country as it is only the third time in history that an IAAF World Athletics Series competition has been staged in the USA, following the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis and the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Boston five years later.”

The 15th Annual IAAF World Junior Championships will play host to the greatest track and field athletes in the world under the age of 20. This event has never been done in the United States and it has been an whopping 22 years since any IAAF has taken place on US soil. So of course they chose Eugene.

“In just one year, the best young athletes in the world will be representing their countries in an electrifying competition at Hayward Field,” said president of TrackTown USA Vin Lananna. “We are excited about this fantastic opportunity to host an international meet that will be unlike any other event we’ve ever held in TrackTown USA.”

It will be a six-day event covering the biggest events in track and field. While it might not be the Olympic Trials, it’s pretty incredible to have another event of this magnitude here locally.

Let the countdown begin!

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