Bressanone/Brixen, Italy – The IAAF World Youth Championships have nurtured many of today’s contemporary athletics stars. Some, like Usain Bolt, went home with a gold medal hung around their necks, but certainly not all of them were stars of the show on their first appearance at a global championship.

Nevertheless, competing at the Championships was a formative experience for the likes of Jamaican internationals Michael Frater and Isa Phillips, both of whom have gone onwards and upwards in the senior ranks. The pair have matured into contention for a place on the podium at this summer’s IAAF World Championships.

Olympic 100m finalist Frater, who will also contest the 100m in Berlin along with Bolt and Asafa Powell, was part of the Jamaican team that made their way to the Polish city of Bydgoszcz in 1999, the very first edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships…..READ MORE

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