I think the greatest junior talent would have been Georgie Clarke of Australia. 4.07 at 15? Anything better?
Emily Pidgeon from GB is quite a talent.
Allison Felix (USA)
Tirunesh Dibaba (Eth)
Dathan Ritzenhein (USA)
Hillary Chenonge (Ken)
Devon Williams (USA)
Obea Moore (USA) now 25 yrs old
200m: 20.77 age 17
400m: 45.14 age 16
800m: 1:49.04 age 17
still hold 400m WYB for ages 13, 14, and 16. Two WJr Championship Gold medals senior year in High School
Ritz isn't a junior, and hasn't been since 2002. His 13:27 5k time in 2002 is about the 9th or 10th fastest 5k among JR's for that season.
Usain Bolt is a solid pick. I'm sure the African distance runners are probably tops, as they're already on a world class level.
Xavier Carter from Florida has to be among the tops. Ran 10.38 (14th among world JR's in 2003), 20.69(8th among world JR's in 2003), and 45.88(7th among world JR's in 2003). He's the 4th remaining JR in each of those events. Last weekend he ran 20.69 indoors. That currently ranks 10th in the world among seniors.
you beat me to it Iceman - it's gotta be vernon! From next to no structured training to world XC in 9 months.
pidgeon is not the greatest talent, she will be burnt out by two years times when she reaches junior level!
probably boniface kiprop is at the moment anyway.
be quiet farrow!
come on vernon an gb bring back at least a medal!!!
ia andy vernon the most talented (ever) full time mcdonalds employee??
anyone know of anyone achiveing anything better than world cross? (making millions from a world wide fast food chain doesnt count)
Andra Manson jumping over 7'7
Andra Manson jumping over 7'7
Also have to keep an eye on Scott Sellers from Katy, TX in the HJ. Went 2.27m(7-5.25) at NIC, breaking the US National indoor record. He missed on his first attempt at 2.25m, other than that he cleared all heights including 2.27 on the first attempt(until he went out at 2.29 obviously).
I'm not sure of his age, but he is only a HS junior. Potentially could have this outdoor season and 2 more as a JR.
About 12 Keynas; Chelimo, Cheryoit etc...
I think that 18 yr old Ugandan who ran 27.15 and 13 something last year has a shout. Think hes in action and doin a the double this wkend......
I think you would find that Graham Williamson was a better prospect at the time than Cram..............
your right Bonficae Kiprop is an amazing talent having run 27:15.88 at age 17 in 2003 and beating Sergey L. in a cross country meet this year. The junior will be running the jr x-country course and one senior event at the Worlds this year.
The junior that I forgot about is Moses Mosop (Ken) 27:13.66 who set that personal best in finishing ahead of Kiprop's 27:15 at Bruxelles last year. It will be interesting this year to see if both of these 18 years old will try to run the Junior Outdoor World Track & Field Championships and make their countries Olympic squad?
I definitely think the World Junior (27:11) best for 10000m will be shattered this year.
Vipam, did you ever aspire to be a journalist but were unable to find work?
No I never aspired to be a journalist, but thanks for the pun/shot at me. Little advice my friend next time at least answer the question or make a comment pertaining to the thread in which you post. Why did you?
Back to the subject at hand after previously listing several choices, I went back and finally deducted that Yang Lili and her 33:06 at 11yrs old would be my pick as THE greatest junior talent ever.
Sometimes one question leads to another and all your posts have made me think of asking this question rather than answering your irrelevant questions. OK? But thanks for answering mine.
Mary Decker - 2:02.43 800 and 4:37.4 mile at 14.
Why do you believe the ages that the East African's claim? The best way to get the attention of a good agent is to gain fame as a junior runner even if you are not eligible to be a junior. The scarcity of birth records makes it easy to do. Kiprop could be 21 for all we know.