Amongst those young athletes will be the likes of Tazmin Brits, who shoulders the responsibility of being a serious medal contender at the international event, but there is another athlete, by the name of Precious Mnisi, who could well spring a surprise.
Currently Mnisi heads both the 800m and 1500m SA Youth Rankings, after a string of performances including winning both races at the SA Schools Championships, and at the SA Youth Title.
She has a best time of 2:08;76 for the 800m and 4:31;67 for the 1500m, and has been a class apart domestically, and with exposure to international competition, she may be spurred to run even harder and faster at the World Championships.
In 2005 the title was won in a time of 2:07;42 with silver and bronze clocked in 2:08;15 and 2:08;35, and Mnisi’s best of 2:08;76 is not that far off.
Whatever happens, the World Youth Championships will remain a hotly contested event that will be permanently located in the minds of the athletes, Mnisi included.