News18 Aug 2013

World champions Hejnova and Menkov added to Stockholm line-up – IAAF Diamond League


Zuzana Hejnova takes the 400m Hurdles at the Oslo Diamond League (© Hasse Sjogren)

Zuzana Hejnova, the World 400m Hurdles champion, and Aleksandr Menkov, the World Long Jump champion, are the two latest athletes announced for the DN Galan in Stockholm on 22 August, the next leg of the 2013 IAAF Diamond League.

Earlier this week Hejnova took gold for the Czech Republic in the 400m Hurdles with the biggest winning margin in the event’s history at the World Championships. She has dominated the event all year and is unbeaten over the barriers, having already built up an unassailable lead in the 2013 Diamond Race.

Like Hejnova, Menkov set a national record when winning his gold medal in front of his home crowd in Moscow. A victory in Stockholm will secure the 2013 Diamond Race victory for him.

Both athletes have won in Stockholm before, when the city hosted the 2011 European Team Championships, but neither have yet competed at the DN Galan.

“We are delighted that we are able to offer Stockholm athletics fans so many of the greatest stars from Moscow,” said DN Galan’s head of operations, Anders Tallgren.

Other newly-crowned World champions set to feature in the Swedish capital include David Oliver in the 110m Hurdles, Valerie Adams in the Shot Put and home favourite Abeba Aregawi in the 1500m.

Organisers for the IAAF

IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 10 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
New York, USA – 25 May
Eugene, USA – 1 Jun
Rome, ITA – 6 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 26-27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep