More Records set to be broken – World Junior Championships Entries confirm 186 countries

Monaco, April 16, 2012: The IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, which will take place from 10 to 15 July 2012 are on course to become the biggest gathering in terms of participating national IAAF Member Federations in the history of these championships.

With the deadline for the Preliminary Entries now closed, we are proud to announce that no fewer than 186 IAAF National Member Federation have signalled their interest in participating in these Championships; the most attended edition was Beijing 2006 where 176 countries gathered in the Chinese capital, followed by Annecy 1998 with 170 countries.

With a total of 1856 athletes entered, the record of participating men and women is also on course to be broken as the previously most attended Championships in terms of athletes was Bydgoszcz 2006 with 1413.

In a year where the IAAF is celebrating its Centenary, the World Junior Championships are shaping up to offer another incredible week of athletics following the opening World Athletics Series event of the year, the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul which also set a record number of participating nations with 172.

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