Akine Simbine, photo by PhotoRun.net
Fast sprints expected in Madrid
MADRID (ESP): Excellent fields have been assembled in the men’s sprinting events for the Meeting de Madrid on Friday (IAAF World Challenge). The men’s 100m line-up features the Ivory Coast’s Arthur Cisse, who recently set a national 100m record of 9.94, the South African trio of Akani Simbine, Thando Roto and Henricho Bruintjies, all of whom have sub-10 100m PBs as well as China’s world indoor 60m silver medallist Su Bingtian and Italy’s European U20 100m champion Filippo Tortu. The men’s 400m line-up includes all three Borlee brothers, world fourth-placer Babolooki Thebe, three-time world indoor champion Pavel Maslak as well as Luguelin Santos and top Spaniards Oscar Husillos and Bruno Hortelano while Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega faces Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment and Garfield Darien on home soil in the 110m hurdles. In the field events, world indoor champion Danil Lysenko is confirmed for the high jump and Nelson Evora faces in-form Brazilian Almir dos Santos in the triple jump. Another new name confirmed for the meeting is Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay in the 1500m.