A star-studded women's long jump field and top men's shot put clash have been announced for the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Florence, with exactly one month to go until the Wanda Diamond League meeting.
Ukrainian high jump duo Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Yuliya Levchenko will compete at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe on 31 January, while a host of global medallists will line up for the long jump at the Copernicus Cup in Torun on 8 February, organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Tour meetings announced on Tuesday (21).
Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic highlighted the opening day of athletics at the Mediterranean Games which is being held in the Spanish city of Tarragona from 26 to 30 June.
There was a huge weight of expectation on the slender shoulders of Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk in his first international 400m race since his world record run in Rio but he shrugged it off with aplomb as he flew around one lap of the Pontaise stadium in 43.62 at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond league meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (6).
With just three days to go until the start of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series, world and Olympic long jump bronze medallist and 2016 Diamond Trophy winner Ivana Spanovic spoke to the media via a teleconference on Tuesday (2).
The Prefontaine Classic long jump field includes the three Olympic medallists from last year as they clash once again at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 26 May.
It must have been the longest two minutes of her life. Midway through the women’s long jump final on the final day of the European Championships in Belgrade on Sunday (5), the heroine of the home nation, Ivana Spanovic, charged down the runway, soared into the air and splashed into the sand with what looked a leap well in excess of seven metres.
Ivana Spanovic is approaching her best form with the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade only five days away.