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Juniors settling well in Poland

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 7:00 AMRaymond Graham
Hawthorne

Jamaica's junior athletes and officials have been settling well in their base in Poland following some 24 hours of travelling to that country for the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Head coach Donald Hawthorne said they are in good spirits despite the long travel to Europe.

"We arrived in Poland at 5:45 p.m. Friday evening Jamaica time after leaving home in three different batches early Thursday morning. Members of the team got together in Berlin, Germany, before making a seven-hour bus drive to our final destination," Hawthorne said. Jaheel Hyde, who will run the 400 metres hurdles, and 400m runner Junelle Bromfield were already in Europe ahead of the main group and were expected at the base yesterday.

Hawthorne added: "The athletes were all in a jovial mood during the drive from Berlin and they are very excited and raring to go. We had our first today (Saturday) and all the athletes were very early for the session. That is good news going into the Championships."

Jamaica's team will be hoping to surpass the haul of six medals - one gold, two silver and three bronze - they won two years ago in Eugene, Oregon. The meet will begin on Tuesday, July 19.