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18 Jul 2012

YOG on the Road to the World Junior Athletics Championships

With our trusty new travelling companion, London 2012 mascot Wenlock, the Youth Olympic Games team hit the road again last week on the trail of YOG athletes competing at the 2012 World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona.

The competition was as fierce as the Mediterranean sun that shone over the iconic Barcelona Olympic Stadium where the 1992 Games were held, but our YOGgies shone as brightly as ever.

Among those going home as world champions were 400m star Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic, Russian long jumper Sergey Morgunov, defending world junior pole vault champ Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden and Qatar’s Hamza Driouch, who was victorious in the 1500m, setting a new record. Next stop - London 2012!

We also bumped into a couple of other YOG friends, including Great Britain’s Jazmin Sawyer, last seen taking home silver in the bob at the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games, who added to her medal haul with a bronze in the long jump. Also competing in the long jump competition was another Innsbruck friend, Romanian Young Ambassador Alina Rotaru, who finished fifth. Both have their sights set on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

As well as chatting to the rising stars, we met up with a couple of living legends - Wilson Kipketer, former 800m work record holder, and Sergey Bubka, who still holds the world record for pole vault. In Barcelona to cheer on the new generation, they offered some words of advice to those YOG stars heading to London this summer.

Watch this space for our exclusive video from Barcelona coming soon: Youth Olympic Games… The Journey Continues!
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