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Preview Nairobi, Kenya

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

In a wide-open contest, Chinese athlete Chunge Niu will turn out as the favourite on paper, but she will face a formidable onslaught from the rest of the line-up.

Entering the event with a personal best of 4.15m, Chunge will be up against the likes of German athlete Leni Freyja Wildgrube (4.10m) and Mesure Tutku Yilmaz of Turkey, who has achieved a best height of 4.10m indoors and 4.05m outdoors.

With six of the nine girls in the field have cleared four metres this year, however, there will be no shocks on the podium, and with the event being contested as a straight final, there will be no room for mistakes.

Wesley Botton for the IAAF