Even before the final competition session, the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi have earned their place in the history books with two world U20 records, 11 Championship records, 7 Area U20 records, 49 national U20 records and 9 national senior records.

World Athletics chief executive Jon Ridgeon hailed the athletes, teams and organisers for their dedication and determination to make this a successful event despite the logistical challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“These championships have not just taken place, they have been highly successful,” Ridgeon said. “We have all been so impressed with the range and depth of talent we have seen from these young athletes.

“The last World U20 championships (in Tampere in 2018) featured names like Armand Duplantis, Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Peruth Chemutai among others, all Olympic champions just three years later. So it’s reasonable to think we’ve seen some of the Paris 2024 champions-to-be In Nairobi.”

“The next four years offers unprecedented opportunities for these future champions to move onto the senior World Championships and Olympic Stages. I’m really looking forward to seeing many of these young champions rising through the senior ranks.”

Many of the younger athletes who have featured in Nairobi will also have the chance to compete at the next World Athletics U20 Championships, being held in Cali, Colombia next year

The World U20 Championships in numbers: (before Day 5)


2 World U20 records (Sasha Zhoya FRA in the 110m hurdles – 12.93 semifinal and 12.72 final)

11 Championship records (Anthony Pesela BOT in the men’s 400m – 44.58; Tadese Worku ETH in the men’s 3000m – 7:42.09; Sasha Zhoya FRA in the 110m hurdles – 12.93 and 12.72, Christine Mboma NAM 22.41 semifinal, Beatrice Masiilingi NAM 22.19 semifinal and Mboma 21.84 final in the women’s 200m; Silja Kosonen FIN in the women’s hammer – 71.64m; Mixed 4x400m (new event) India in heat 1 – 3:23.36, Nigeria in heat 2 – 3:21.66 and Nigeria in final – 3:19.70)

7 Area U20 records (Mirè Reinstorf RSA in the women’s pole vault – 4.15m; Miné De Klerk RSA in the women’s discus – 53.50m; Sasha Zhoya FRA in the 110m hurdles – 12.93 semifinal and 12.72 final; men’s 4x100m Poland with 38.93 and South Africa and Nigeria =AR both 39.33)

49 National U20 records

9 National senior records


227 personal bests were set by 761 athletes


16 Countries won gold medals (7 from Europe, 6 from Africa, 3 from the Americas.

31 Countries won medals

60 Countries finished in top 8 (point scoring position)

Namibia and Israel have their first ever world U20 champions (Christine Mboma in the women’s 200m, Yonathan Kapitolnik in the men’s high jump).

Hong Kong China, Kosovo, Malta, Oman and South Sudan have had their first finalists.


Over 5000 Lamp tests conducted

Over 4000 PCR tests conducted

Around 10,000 antigen tests conducted for LOC staff and volunteers, who were tested every day.


The Championships have been broadcast in more than 70 countries.

Every other country has had access to a livestream through the World Athletics YouTube channel.

In Kenya, the local free-to-air broadcaster NTV has had around 1 million viewers tune in to the Championships each day.