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Preview Nairobi, Kenya

Preview: boys' pole vault – IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017

With only two boys having cleared five metres this season, French athlete Matthias Orban and South African Valco van Wyk will turn out as the favourites on paper.

Orban boasts a career best of 5.12, which is 12 centimetres higher than Van Wyk's best, and he will be confident of targeting the gold medal.

Due to a small field of 10 boys, the pole vault will be contested as a straight final, and much like the girls' event, there will be a wide open battle for podium positions.

Wesley Botton for the IAAF