Yu Yuzhen at the Asian Youth Championships in Doha (© Organisers)
Yu Yuzhen set a world youth best of 61.97m with the 500g implement at the Asian Youth Championships in Doha in May and starts a clear favourite in Cali.
The 17-year-old Chinese athlete exceeded the previous mark by 50cm, set by Australia’s 2013 world youth champion Mackenzie Little, and her presence in Colombia will attract keen interest.
The Czech Republic and Latvia have long boasted a great javelin tradition and these two proud athletics nations will hope to have to find two more gems in Nikol Tabackova (best of 58.30m) and Laine Donane (57.78m), respectively, the latter having placed fourth at the Youth Olympic Games last summer.
Other throwers with impressive marks to their name are Norway’s Stella Weinberg (56.30m) and the Russian duo Valeriya Kuchina (54.68m) and Anna Adyseva (58.62m).
Another interesting entrant is Geraldine Ruckstuhl. The 17-year-old is among the finest youth heptathletes in the world, but with a personal best of 57.35m set last year, the Swiss athlete could also be in the mix in the javelin.
Steve Landells for the IAAF