With the four longest throws in the world this year, all beyond 64 metres, South Africa’s Werner Visser will go to Cali as undisputed favourite for the boys’ discus, but he will face some strong opposition from rivals around the world, not forgetting his own compatriot Patrick Duvenhage.
Visser’s best of 64.84m was recorded in March this year and he has competed sparingly since then, largely due to the timing of the South African outdoor season.
The biggest threat to Visser in Cali looks to be Sweden’s Wictor Petersson.
Although his best of 64.28m is a bit shorter than Visser’s, Petersson has thrown beyond 64 metres twice in recent weeks and goes to Cali in the form of his life.
With Burger Lambrechts, who is third on the world youth list for the discus, opting for the shot put, South Africa’s other hopes of gold rest with Patrick Duvenhage, who has thrown beyond 63 metres on three occasions this spring.
Others in the medal hunt could include Egypt’s Shebab Mohamed Abdulaziz, Great Britain’s George Evans and the Cuban duo of Miguel de la Caridad Sanchez and Felix Roybel Valle, all of whom have surpassed 61 metres this season.
Cathal Dennehy for the IAAF