Stina Troest on her way to a silver medal in Singapore 2010 (Lars Nielsen) © Copyright
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Danish team for Lille World Youth Champs

With a team comprised of 12 young participants, Denmark sees its biggest representation ever at the IAAF World Youth Championships. Four years ago in Ostrava the Danish team set the previous record with a number of seven athletes, whereas only two boys made it to Bressanone two years ago.

Despite a rather small team in 2009 Denmark won its first medal ever at these championships when 16-year-old Janick Klausen won the silver medal in the Boy’s High Jump by setting a massive PB of 2.20 metres.

A unique sporting family

This year Denmark’s best bid for another medal would come from hurdler Stina Troest, who already last year impressed when she surprisingly took silver in the 400 Metres Hurdles at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

17-year-old Troest from Amager in Copenhagen is a proof that the choice of your parents often matters in athletics. Both her mother and father are former national champions in exactly this discipline and – as a further proof – both her elder brothers are professional soccer players. The youngest of them is owned by Italian Serie A club Genoa, while the other has played for the German club Hannover 96 and Konyaspor in Turkey.

President of the Danish Athletic Federation, Lars Vermund Andersen, is indeed satisfied by seeing that there are both sprinters, middle- and long distance runners as well as jumpers and throwers in the team.

”This shows that we today have a widely established talent development in our federation – as well as in the clubs,” he says with reference to the eight clubs represented in the team.  

Jeppe Weinreich for the IAAF

Denmark’s team for Lille


Dagmar Fæster Olsen (94)

800 Metres 2.07,65 PB

Katrine Reinholdt (94)

800 Metres 2.12,70 PB

Mette Gravlund Hansen (94)

Pole Vault 3,65 PB

Stina Troest (94)

400 Metres Hurdles 58,88 NYR

Laetitia Kim Bruun (94)

Triple Jump 12,26 NYR

Sofie Albrechtsen (95)

Heptathlon 4.555 PB


Nicolai Hartling (94)

400 Metres Hurdles 53,92 PB

Jacob Simonsen (95)

3000 Metres 8.39,2 PB

Zacharias Grassmé (94)

3000 Metres 8.41,91 PB

Mihn Kyun Cho (94)

800 Metres 1.55,79 PB

Christoffer Mikkelsen (94)

Shot Put 17.74 NYR

Andreas Bertelsen (94)

Javelin Throw 63,46 NYR