Five things to follow on day one in Nairobi

World Athletics U20 Championships action returns on Wednesday (18) as almost 1000 athletes representing more than 110 teams compete in Nairobi, Kenya.

Three titles – in the men’s 3000m, mixed 4x400m relay and women’s pole vault – are up for grabs on the first day of competition, while the scene will be set with a series of heats and qualification rounds, plus the first four disciplines in the heptathlon.

due to covid protocol only 5 team members are allowed to participate in opening ceremony.

Here are five things to follow on day one.

Mixed 4x400m relay

Heats: 9:00am. Final: 5:15pm local time

Having proven a popular addition to U18 and senior championships in recent years, the mixed 4x400m will make its World U20 Championships debut in Nairobi, with both the heats and final on the opening day of competition.

The likes of Jamaica, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Poland should have enough depth to field competitive teams for all relays as well as the individual 400m events, with Jamaica and South Africa having claimed silver and bronze respectively at the 2017 World U18 Championships, also held in Nairobi.