Junior Olympic Trials
Moscow hosted the European junior athletics trials in late May, at the Luzhniki complex. Top athletes from all over the continent were giving of their best to try and get places for the full Junior Olympics in Singapore in August. Competition was intense but friendly, and there was a good spread of flags on the award podiums. The Russian, German, Polish, Ukranian and British anthems were all well practised. All the athletes were aged 16-17, and some of them were in the middle of public exams, which had to be taken in hotel rooms or with a Moscow international school, in exchange for an afternoon’s javelin coaching between exams. There was even time for some of the students to enjoy Sunday evening in central Moscow before getting back to school on Monday.