• Melbourne WC to Host Top Stars

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The 2014 Melbourne World Challenge will feature several World and Olympic  champions on Saturday, March 22. 

Valerie Adams, New Zealand's superstar in shot put, will return to action after winning the World indoor championship title in Sopot on March 8. Besides her impressive medal count of 2 Olympic golds, 4 outdoor world championship and 3 world indoor championships golds, Adams has been undefeated for  62 competitions. Last time Adams lost a competition was back in 2010 when she was defeated by Nadezda Ostapchuk of Belarus at Weltklasse Zurich on August 18. Ostapchuk  in 2012 at London Olympics failed a doping test and received a 2-year ban.

Sally Pearson, who took a silver in the 60m hurdles in Sopot World indoor champs, will continue her Australian race tour on Saturday with women's 100m hurdles. Last week Pearson took a double victory in the 100m (11.29) and 200m (23.23) at the Sydney Track classic Pearson. The London Olympic champion holds season best time in the world in 100m hurdles of 12.59 and in thw 200m 23.18.

LaShawn Merrit of USA after winning the 200m race in 20.42 at the Sydney track classic last weekend will compete in the 400m. The Moscow 400m World Champion holds a season best time of 45.90 he set at the Perth track classic on February 22. 

David Oliver,  the defending World champion in 110m hurdles is also entered in the meet. The American hurdler last weekend set season's fastest time of 13.38 seconds in 110m hurdles in Sydney. 

Kenya's rising 800m star, Eunice Sum, is entering Melbourne World Challenge after setting seasons best time the World in the 800m of 2:01.20 last Saturday in Sydney. Sum will face a class of several runners who's personal bests stands 2:01 and faster.

The final star at the Melbourne World challenge is Kim Mickle, the Moscow World Championships silver medallist in Javelin. The Australian posted an impressive early world lead in the javelin of 66.12m on February 15 at the Adelaide track classic.

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The Event will be stream live online by Athletics Autstralia on Saturday, March 22 at 5.00pm  (Melbourne). See Live Stream Details Here>>

 

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