Memorial Van Damme sold out! | 29.08.2012
|The Borlee twins Kevin and Jonathan will once again be among the
star attractions at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels.
One of the undoubted highlights of the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme meeting on Friday September 7 in the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels is the women's 800m which will be a rerun of the Olympic final. The main protagonists will once again be Russian Olympic champion, Mariya Savinova, 209 world champion Caster Semenya of South Africa and 2008 Olympic champion, Pamela Jelimo of Kenya.
In a novel twist, Belgium's famous cuisine will be showcased in an exclusive "100m of Belgian Gastronomy." Outside the stadium's main entrance, a 100-metre-long walking buffet will feature the very best of Belgium's world-famous culinary heritage. Over 2000 ticket holders have received a free invitation to the event.
Gastronomy aside, the men's 100m is a feast of sprinting with all three top medallists from the Olympics, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir all from Jamaica going head to head once again.
The 200m will feature Helsinki Olympic champions, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands and France's Christophe Lemaitre.
In the absence of the Olympic champion Kirani James the 400m will highlight a duel between the Borlée twics, Jonathan and Kevin. The Grenadian ended his season to return to Alabama to continue his studies.
The women's 200m race will feature one of the most enthralling duels of the London Olympic Games between Jamaican 100m Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and America's Carmelita Jeter. After Birmingham, they stand at 3-3 in their personal head to head this year.
Perkovic to star in Zagreb
The biggest home draw of the 62nd Hanzekovic Memorial, an IAAF World Challenge meet, in Croatia on September 4 is Olympic and European discus champion Sandra Perkovic who replaces the usual star of past years, high jumper Blanka Vlasic who is still out injured.
Olympic 100m silver Carmelita Jeter of the USA will compete in the 100 m and the most successful female athlete of the London Games in terms of medals, American Allyson Felix, will run the 200m.
A great field is expected in the men's 110 m Hurdles, the memorial event. European champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russia will clash with Olympic silver medallist Jason Richardson of the USA.
Olympic 4th placer and 2011 world champion, Amantle Montsho of Botswana will be the star of the 400 m.
A great shot put is expected with olympic winner Tomasz Majewski facing off against bronze medallist from the US Reese Hoffa.
In the men hammer Olympic gold Krisztian Pars of Hungary will throw against Slovenian Primoz Kozmus who competes in his only post-Olympic meet.
The Netherlands' Churandy Martina will run the 100 m against US finalist Ryan Bailey and another Olympic medallist, Yelena Sokolova of Russia, goes in the long jump.