The European athletics season continues on Sunday with a high level competition in Berlin.
The startlists of the ISTAF Berlin Sunday´s athletics
event are impressive. The World Athletics Continetal Tour Silver level event has gathered top names to virtually every race and you might think we are competeting on Diamond League
One of the most interesting names in Berlin is Johannes Vetter
. The 27-year-old German threw an incredible 97,76 one week ago in Poland (see video
). Vetter´s throw was the second longest throw of all time and came only 72 cm shy of Jan Zelezny´s
Between Poland and Berlin competitions Vetter has competed once in Dessau, Germany where he won with the result of 86,17. The competition in Berlin will be Vetter´s final competition of the season so it´s interesting to see how far he can throw in front of his home crowd.
Norway´s Karsten Warholm
in top form as always and Kevin Young
will again have to hold his breath to see if his world record stays alive another day in Berlin. Warholm´s season´s best result of 46,86 came in his first race. This week he won in Ostrava with 47,66 and looked very disappointed with his time. We might see another sub 47 seconds run from the Great Norwegian on Sunday.
One of Germany´s top athletes Malaika Mihambo
(SB 703, PB 730) is the star of women´s long jump. The Britt Laura Muir
is chasing to beat her personal best of 3.55,22 in the women´s European mile, 1500 meters that is. In Ostrava Muir was on fire in the 800 meters race winning easily with 1.58,84 which almost broke her personal best of 1.58,42.
The Swedes are taking over the discus throw and pole vault competitions again as world number ones Daniel Ståhl
and Armand Duplantis
are looking for top results. Duplantis will have to be at his best to beat USA´s Sam Kendricks
(SB 602) who is continuing his European tour.
Ståhl is facing Columbia´s miracle man Mauricio Ortega
who threw over 70 meters early this season. Ortega´s result has been questioned though and remains uncorfirmed. In Europe Ortega hasn´t reached 65 meters yet.
The prize money in ISTAF Berlin will be awarded to eight best athletes in each event. Winner takes $3000, second $1500 and third $1000. Even the athelete finishing eighth will receive $300 pay check for his/her efforts. The triple jump is the only discipline where the price money are a bit lower ($2000 for the winner and so on).
NOTE: All time are Berlin local times.
|15:10||100 m wheelchair race, W/N|
|15:10||Discus throw, men|
|15:20||Triple jump, men|
|16:00||Pole vault, men|
|16:40||3000 m steeple chase, women|
|16:45||Shot put, para|
|17:05||Javelin throw, men|
|17:10||Long jump, women|
|17:15||1500 m women|
|17:45||400 m hurdles, men|
|18:05||100 m, women|
|18:18||100 m, men|