Obiri in Ostrava
OSTRAVA (CZE): Czech Indoor Gala already next week in Ostrava (January 25, EA Indoor Permit) is promising a special shot put competition with not only already announced top two from Belgrade Euroindoors Konrad Bukowiecki and home star Tomas Stanek. But also with double World Indoor Champion Ryan Whiting from USA, World bronze medalist Stipe Zunic from Croatia and Olympic fourth placer Franck Elemba from Congo. The field of six (added by Euroindoor 2015 medalist Ladislav Prasil) will have also a special format close to the new one which will be part of IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava in September. All six will have three attempts, then top 4 will go for round four, best 3 for round five and top two for round six. Another specialty next week will be pole vault of pairs. Five duos (male and female) will compete with final result made by counting the top marks of each pair together. Czech Republic will have two pairs (Kudlicka/Ptacnikova and Balner/Malacova), others will be from Poland (Sobera/Smietanka), Benelux (Vloon/Smets) and also a young pair composed by Czech U20 record holder Amalie Svabikova and Greek European U18 champion Emmanouil Karalis. Running star of the meet will be Kenyan World champion from London Hellen Obiri who compete in the 3000 m.
Hellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net