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Chile and Jamaica both winners in race to host World Juniors

The Council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), voted this afternoon to select the host of the 2000 World Junior Championships. But following a tie between candidates Jamaica (Kingston) and Chile (Santiago), the IAAF Council decided that Santiago will host the 2000 World Juniors with Kingston hosting the next edition of the event in 2002.

The other candidate was Poland (Bydgoszcz).

Jamaica's former Olympic medallist Herb McKenley (silver at 400m in 1948 and 1952 and gold at 4x400 in 1952) had made an emotional appeal to the Council declaring: "I won my first Olympic medal in 1948 and have been involved in the sport for almost 50 years since then. I am getting old, so before too long, I would like to help Kingston organise this event."

The Mayor of Santiago, Jaime Ravinei, took part in the Chilean Athletic Federation's presentation.

The World Junior Championships have helped to launch the careers of many of today's top stars. Among the World Champions in Athens earlier this year who have also been World Junior Champions are Daniel Komen (Kenya), Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia), Javier Sotomayor (Cuba) and Ato Boldon (Trinidad).