The athletics season has been profoundly affected by the continuing coronavirus pandemic but the action steps up a gear over the next two weekends with international meetings in Kuortane and Trieste on Saturday (1) following by national championships action across the continent the following weekend.
We have highlighted the pick of the action over the next two weekends.
Kuortane (1 August)
Throwing events will be the centre of focus at the Kuortane Games on Saturday, a World Athletics Continental Tour Europe Bronze Meeting.
World discus champion Daniel Stahl from Sweden faces his training partner Simon Pettersson while Germany’s Johannes Vetter will be looking for a more auspicious competition after not recording a mark on his season’s debut in Zweibrucken last weekend.
European silver medallist Nikola Ogrodnikova will be competing in the women’s javelin while European bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw makes her outdoor season’s debut in the pole vault. The highlight on the track is the 100m hurdles which features the leading Finns Annimari Korte, Nooralotta Neziri and Reetta Hurske, all of whom have broken the 13 second-barrier in 2020.
Korte has also approached her Finnish record of 12.72 with a 12.76 clocking in Jyvaskyla and a 12.80 clocking in Lahti.
Entry list here.
Trieste (1 August)
Training partners Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie will be making their outdoor season’s debuts in a high calibre 800m at the Triveneto Meeting Internazionale in Trieste on Saturday.
Reekie was one of the breakout stars of the indoor season in which she smashed the British indoor 800m record with 1:57.91, beating her more esteemed training partner in the process. While it is difficult to gauge Reekie’s current form, her outdoor lifetime best of 2:01.45 is surely due for revision.
World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson is a late addition to the 100m hurdles line-up while reigning world indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi will seek to continue his unbeaten start to the season in the 110m hurdles.
Entry list here.
Andorf (1 August)
European champion Ramil Guliyev from Turkey will lace up his spikes for the first time since the World Athletics Championships in Andorf, Austria on Saturday. He will contest the 100m and he will come up against reigning world and Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor from the United States who has been based in Vienna for most of July.
World bronze medallist Lukas Weisshaidinger competes in the discus while Ivona Dadic (100m/100m hurdles) and Verena Preiner (100m hurdles/javelin) will also be in action.
Entry list here.
Weinheim (1 August)
World and European long jump champion Malaika Mihambo will make her season’s debut in Weinheim where she will be taking to the blocks in the 100m. Mihambo will make her debut in the long jump at the German Championships in Braunschweig the following weekend.
Langenthal (5 August)
World 200m bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundji will be competing individually for the first time this season in Langenthal where she has registered for both the 100m and 200m. Italian record-holder Filippo Tortu is also entered in the 100m.
Lutsk, Ukrainian U20 Championships (5-6 August)
Yaroslava Mahuchikh’s coach Tetyana Stepanova posted a video of her pupil clearing 2.00m in an unofficial competition earlier this month and Mahuchikh will be looking to translate this form into her first competition of the outdoor season at the Ukrainian U20 Championships in Lutsk on 5-6 August. She will also be competing at the Ukrainian Team Championships which are also held in Lutsk on 8-9 August.
Kristiansand (8 August)
Sondre Nordstad Moen has already set one European record on the track this summer and the Norwegian will endeavour to replace another long-standing mark next Saturday. Moen is targeting the European one hour record in Kristiansand which belongs to Jos Hermens at 20944 metres.
Moen fell just short of this mark at the Impossible Games in Oslo in June en route to his European record at 25,000m at the Bislett Stadium.
Braunschweig, German Championships (8-9 August)
One of the first significant national championships to take place this summer will be the German Championships in Braunschweig on 8-9 August. The event will be taking place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus although both days will be televised live on German broadcasters ARD and ZDF.
Last year’s event which took place in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin was highlighted by Konstanze Klosterhalfen front running to a national 5000m record of 14:26.76 and Malaika Mihambo winning the long jump with 7.16m. Klosterhalfen won’t be competing although Mihambo will be in action in the long jump.
Palanga, Lithuanian Championships (8-9 August)
Back to form after an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, Andrius Gudzius will be among the main attractions at the Lithuanian Championships in Palanga. Gudzius has surpassed the 67 metre-line in four of his five competitions this year. Another highlight will be the women’s triple jump in which Dovile Kilty and Diana Zagainova will go head-to-head.
Langenthal, Swiss Combined Events Championships (8-9 August)
The Swiss Championships will be a showcase of the country’s many emerging combined events talents including Simon Ehammer and Finley Gaio in the decathlon and Carolin Agnou, Geraldine Ruckstuhl and Annik Kalin in the heptathlon.
Entry list here.
Andorra la Vella (9 August)
2016 European 200m champion Bruno Hortelano will make his season’s debut over 150m in Andorra la Vella next Sunday.