2017 was the best year for Swiss Athletics. As 2018 is looming, it is time to publish my personal watch list of 7 Swiss talented youngsters (in fact, 8, but see below). Of course, there are many more succesful super young stars like the international junior champions Géraldine Ruckstuhl, Jason Joseph, Yasmin Giger, or Delia Sclabas. My aim is to go beyond the obvious and look behind the curtain. Therefore, I deliberately leave these amazing talents out.
Number 1. Annik Kälin.
The 17 year old heptathlete improved to 5664 points at the Swiss Nationals late in the season. Her strengths are the long jump and the hurdles.
Number 2. Stefan Wieland.
The 19 years old STB athlete threw the 6kg shot to impressive 18.29m, Swiss U20 record. His personal record with the 7.25kg shot is now 16.58m. He is better than Werner Günthör at the same age, despite of a broken foot early in the year.
Number 3. Gaëlle Maonzambi.
The 16 year old triple jumper from Berne gathered bronze at the European Youth Olympic Games in Györ (Hungary). She was even nominated for the Swiss Athletics Youngster of the Year Award.
Number 4a and 4b. Sales Inglin (l) and Finley Gaio (r)
Regarding the hurdles all attention in 2017 was on the European Junior Champion Jason Joseph (center). However, there are two other talents, one year younger than Jason: Sales Inglin (left) and Finely Gaio (right). Sales achieved 13.47 secs and Finley Gaio 13.52 secs over the 10 obstacles. Both will have another year as juniors and the opportunity to attack Jason’s national record.
Number 5. Judith Goll.
Judith improved to 11.66secs over 100m. The 18 year old sprinter is “best of the rest” behind the six national relay runners, Mujinga Kambundji, Salomé Kora, Sarah Atcho, Ajla del Ponte, Cornelia Halbheer, and Samantha Dargy.
Number 6. William Reais.
Active in athletics since 2015, William improved to 10.60 secs over 100m and 21.15secs over 200m. Born in 1999, the 18 year old sprinter is not only a talent on the track, but also a good-mood machine.
Number 7. Lore Hoffmann
Admittedly, Lore does not count as a “youngster” in a narrower sense. Let me call her a late developer. She was born in France (1996) and has a Swiss license since 2017. The EPFL student took the 5th place at the U23 Europeans in Bydgoszcz and improved her PB to 2:03.03. When you see her, you guess that this is not the end of the story.