• High Class competition in Berlin

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More than 50,000 spectators are expected in Berlin's historic Olympic Stadium for Sunday - ISTAF Berlin IAAF world Challenge meeting 2012.

 Nine Olympic champions will compete.  Local hero Robert Harting, who took the Discus gold in London a few weeks ago is among participants. 

Olympic champions Felix Sanchez (Dominican Republic) in the 400m hurdles and Aries Merritt (USA) in the 110m hurdles will also feature men's hurdle competition.

In horizontal jumps Britain’s Greg Rutherfold, will go against German Sebastian Bayer,the European champion and European indoor record holder with 8.71m.

Another Olympic gold medal winner in the men’s event will compete in the 100m. In this race Jamaica’s Michael Frater, who took part in 4x100 m relay team in London, will face the former 100m World Champion Kim Collins (St. Kitts and Nevis) and a well known Darvis Patton from the USA.

Local pole-vaulters Björn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe that took silver and bronze in London will be up against Steve Hooker (Australia), gold in Beijing, and Brad Walker  from the USA.

Tomas Majewski (Poland) London Olympic Champion will have to face German shot-putter Storl, world champion from Daegu, and American shot put star  Reese Hoffa.

In women's hammer throw Olympic Champion Tatyana Lysenko (Russia) will have to test the strength of Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland) WL,  and Betty Heidler, who took the bronze medal in London Olympics.

Women's javelin will have a great Olympic final rematch as all three London Olympics medal winners will compete in the event. Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic) gold, and both Germans Christina Obergföll silver and Linda Stahl, who took  bronze in London.

The Ninth Olympic champion in the competition will be Bianca Knight from the USA, a member of the World record-setting 4x100m Relay team in London. Knight will have to go against a very strong field. Jamaicans Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, both won silver in the 4x100m in London and Kelly-Ann Baptiste from (Trinidad and Tobago), she was sixth in the Olympic 100 m final.


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