The IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016, which will take place from 19-24 July, are on course to become one of the biggest gatherings of athletes in the history of the championships.

With the deadline for the final entries now closed, a total of 1518 athletes (832 men and 686 women) have been entered. It looks set to be the second-biggest World U20 Championships to date, bettered only by the 2012 edition in Barcelona, where 1566 athletes participated.

It will also surpass the figures from the 2008 edition, also held in Bydgoszcz, making it the biggest athletics championships ever held in Poland.

No fewer than 160 IAAF member federations have confirmed their participation in these championships; the most attended edition was in 2006 when 176 countries gathered in Beijing.

Jamaican Jaheel Hyde (pictured above) will be trying to make it two straight in the men’s 400m hurdles.

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