The 25th anniversary edition of the famous Banska Bystrica high jump meeting in Slovakia on Saturday - the ninth of the 16 European Athletics Indoor Permit Meetings this winter - will be available via a live internet stream and live results.
Live results (and start lists) can be found here.
The organisers of the Banskobystrická latka 2019, as Slovakia’s top indoor meeting is known locally, have brought together two outstanding fields.
Russia’s current world and European outdoor champion and 2018 Banska Bystrica winner Mariya Lasitskene – who has already cleared higher than two metres in three competitions this winter including a world-leading height of 2.04m – leads the women’s field.
Among her opponent’s is the Ukrainian teenage talent Yaroslava Mahuchikh. Still only 17, she is the reigning world and European U18 champion and – metaphorically and literally – one of the rising stars of the sport.
European indoor U20 record!
World and European U18 champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh from Ukraine cleared 1.99m in Hustopece to also equal Vashti Cunningham's world indoor U20 high jump record. pic.twitter.com/9M6WG73ZLU
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) January 26, 2019
Mahuchikh went over 1.99m in the Czech town of Hustopece two weeks ago to equal the world U20 indoor best and set a European U20 record.
Czech Republic’s Michaela Hruba who won the world U20 title in 2016 and the European U20 crown the following year, and her global successor last summer, Belarus’ Karina Taranda, are other young talents who will be in action. Taranda arrives fresh from a 1.94m PB in Brno on Wednesday night.
Italy’s Elena Vallortigara cleared 2.02m during the 2018 summer season and will also be in the field, along with her compatriot and 2015 Banska Bystrica winner Alessia Trost.
The 12-strong men’s competition includes world-leader Naoto Tobe, who cleared a Japanese indoor record of 2.35m in Karlsruhe last weekend.
He faces China's 2018 Banska Bystrica winner Wang Yu, reigning European indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek from Poland and Italy’s 2016 European champion Gianmarco Tamberi.
Both Bednarek and Tamberi are familiar faces to local high jump fans in Banska Bystrica having won here in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
The men’s line-up also features former world champion Donald Thomas from The Bahamas and reigning US champion Jeron Robinson.
The women’s competition will start at 1630 CET and the men’s event gets underway at 1900 CET.