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  1. From Tokyo to Nairobi - The rising stars of athletics

    For many athletes, age-group events are the pathway to the senior scene.

    But for 13 rising stars, the road to the World Athletics U20 Championships went via the biggest stage of them all – the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Here's a look at some of the ones to watch.

    Prisca Chesang competed for Uganda in the 3,000m hoping to gain experience ahead of the Championships, where her goal is to claim a medal. That is a realistic target for the 18- year-old, as she is third-quickest among the entries with a PB of 9:04.15.

    Swiss hurdler Ditaji Kambundji claimed the European U20 title in 100m event before forming part of the Swiss team at the Tokyo Olympics, where she finished eighth in her heat.

    Silja Kosonen broke the world U20 hammer record with a distance of 73.43m to qualify for the Olympics. Her best puts her top of this season’s world U20 list by more than two metres.

    Christine Mboma competes in the 200m and 4x100m relay for Namibia. Running the race of her life, Mboma secured Olympic silver in Tokyo, breaking the world U20 and African senior records with 21.81. That time saw the 18-year-old finish behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah.

    Christine Mboma

    Yeykell Eliuth Romero initially took up athletics as part of his training for baseball but soon discovered his 100m talent. Taking to the track at the Olympics in Tokyo, Romero ran 10.62 to qualify from the preliminary heats, and he will now be looking to build on that as he returns to the global stage once again.

    3,000m steeplechaser Bikila Tadese Takele, placed ninth in his Olympic at the age of 18. He's the African U18 2,000m steeplechase title winner of 2019 and will now be on the hunt for more age group success as the top entered athlete in this event.

    Other talent set to travel from Tokyo to Nairobi includes Danish sprinter Tazana Kamanga-Dyrbak (200m), South African sprinter Lythe Pillay(400m), Monegasque sprinter Charlotte Afriat (100m), Ethiopia’s 2018 world U20 800m champion Diribe Welteji (1500m), Nigerian sprinter Imaobong Nse Uko (400m) and Ethiopian steeplechaser Zerfe Wondemagegn (3000m steeplechase).

  2. What are the World Championships?

    The 2021 under-20 World Athletics Championships are being held in Kenya.

    The five-day event will run from the 18 August until 22 August at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

    Every two years young athletes from more than 100 countries compete.

  3. How can I watch the World Athletics U20 Championships?

    All times are BST and subject to change

    BBC iPlayer

    Coverage of the World Athletics U20 Championships will be available live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app, with selected days also on BBC Red Button.

    All of the action will be available as catch-up for 30 days too.

    Thursday, 19 August

    12:20 - 16:15 - Red Button, BBC Sport Website, App and BBC iPlayer

    Friday 20 August

    11:45 - 16:35 - Red Button, BBC Sport Website, App and BBC iPlayer

    Saturday 21 August

    12:25 - 16:35 - BBC Sport Website, App and BBC iPlayer

    Sunday 22 August

    11:50 - 17:15 - BBC Sport Website, App and BBC iPlayer

  4. Get Inspired - How to get into athletics

    BBC Sport

    Have you been inspired by the Tokyo Olympics or just looking for a new way to get fit?

    Athletics offers a wide range of choice, as its various disciplines provide the opportunity to run, throw or jump.

    If you are looking to work up a sweat, athletics is the activity for you as each discipline requires varying degrees of strength and fitness.

    So do you think you could be the next Keely Hodgkinson? Contact your local club in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for more information on how to get involved.

    For more information click here.

    Keely Hodgkinson