Kamila Skolimowska memorial 2021 preview

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Multiple olympic medallists will be in the spotlight at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Chorzow, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, on Sunday 5 September.

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Women’s 100 metres:

Fraser Pryce won the olympic silver medal in the 100m in Tokyo in 10.73 and the gold medal in the 4x100 in 41.02. The Jamaican sprint legend wonthe 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne in 10.60 setting the third fastest time in history. She will face her compatriot SherickaJackson, who won three Olympic medals in Tokyo (gold in the 4x100 relay, bronze in the 100m and in the 4x400 relay).

Men’s 200 metres:

Olympic 200m champion André De Grasse willmake his first appearance over this distance sincehis gold medal in Tokyo in his PB of 19.62. De Grasse also won two bronze medals in the 100m in his lifetime best of 9.89 and in the 4x100 relayin 37.70 in Tokyo and three Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro 2016 (silver in the 200m behindUsain Bolt and two bronze medals in the 100m and in the 4x100 relay). De Grasse won the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene in a wind-assisted 9.74 (+2.9 m/s). De Grasse will face Olympic 4x100 champions Filippo Tortu and Eseosa Desalu from Italy, reigning Europeanchampion Ramil Gulyev and 200m Europeansilver medallist Nethaneel Mitchell Blake, whowon the 4x100 relay silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Men’s high jump:

This year’s Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi will face bronze medallist MakimNedasekau in a re-match of this year’s Olympic final. Tamberi cleared 2.37m to share the Olympic gold medal with his friend MutazBarshim. After his Olympic win Tamberi finishedfifth in Lausanne with 2.25m and second in Rovereto with 2.24m. Nedasekau beat Tamberi atthe European Indoor Championships in Torun 2021 and finished third in Tokyo with 2.37m on countback.  

Women’s high jump:

World silver medallist and Olympic bronzemedallist Yaroslava Mahuchik will face Olympic fourth placer Iryan Gerashchenko, 2017 world silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko and 2014 world indoor champion Kamila Lichwinko. Mahuchik won the Diamond League competitionin Brussels with 2.02m on Friday.

Men’s pole vault:

Olympic silver medallist Christopher Nilsen willface double world outdoor champion Sam Kendricks. Nilsen beat Kendricks at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene with 5.90 and claimedthe first Diamond League win of his career in Lausanne with 5.82m beating Kendricks on countback. The Polish fans will cheer on three-time world medallist Piotr Lisek and 2011 world champion Pawel Wojciechowski.

Men’s shot put:

The top four finishers of the Olympic final willcompete in Chorzow: Double Olympic championRyan Crouser, Joe Kovacs, Tom Walsh and Darlan Romani. Crouser won his secondconsecutive Olympic title with 23.30m in Tokyo and improved the world record to 23.37m at the US Trials in Eugene. After the Olympic Games Crouser also won the Prefontaine Classic with 23.15 and Lausanne with 22.81m.

Men’s javelin throw:

Johannes Vetter returns to Chorzow where he set the second best performance in history with 97.76m in last year’s edition of the ChorzowContinental Tour meeting. The German throweralso won the European Team Championships in Chorzow with 96.29m last May. He bouncedback from his ninth place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo with a win in the Lausanne Diamond League with 88.54m. Vetter will face this year’sOlympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch.

Men’s hammer throw:

Fresh Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki willclash against four-time world champion and olympic bronze medallist Pawel Fajdek in a Polish hammer throw clash. The line-up alsofeatures this year’s Olympic silver medallistElvind Henriksen from Norway.

Men’s discus throw:

Polish discus throw star Piotr Malachowski willbid his farewell in front of his home fans in the last competition of his career. Malachowski wonthe world title, two world silver medals, twoOlympic silvers and two European golds. The Pole will clash against 2019 world silver medallist Fedrick Dacres from Jamaica, EuropeanUnder 23 medallist Kristjan Ceh from Slovenia and Andrius Gudzius from Lithuania.

Women’s javelin throw:

Olympic silver medallist Maria Andrejczyk from Poland will take on 2019 world champion KelseyLee Barber from Australia. Andrejczyk leads the world seasonal list with her 71.40m at the European Throwing Cup in Split last May.

Women’s hammer throw:

Olympic bronze medallist Malwina Kopron from Poland will square off against Alexandra Tavernier, who finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won the world bronze medalin Beijing 2015, and Polish thrower JoannaFiodorow, world silver medallist in Doha 2019.

Men’s 110 metres hurdles:

This year’s Olympic champion Hansle Parchmentwill take on US hurdlers Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts in the men’s 110m hurdles. Allen wonthe  110m race in Lausanne in 13.06. Parchmentbounced back from his eighth place in Lausanne with a win in Paris in 13.03.

Men’s 400 metres hurdles:

Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos won the Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo setting the third fastesttime and the South American record with 46.72 and claimed victory in Brussels in 48.23. DosSantos will take on Yasmani Copello from Turkey and Rasmus Magi from Estonia, whofinished sixth and seventh in the Olympic final in Tokyo.

Men’s 400 metres:

Michael Cherry will be looking to continue hiswinning streak after claiming consecutive wins in Rovereto in 44.50 and in Brussels in 44.03. In the Belgian capital Cherry took 0.03 off the previousmeeting record held by Michael Johnson since1998 with 44.06.

Women’s 400 metres:

Marileidy Paulino starts as the favourite in the women’s 400 metres. Paulino won the Olympic silver medal in 49.20 before claiming two back-back Diamond League wins in Lausanne (50.40) and Paris (50.12). Paulino will take on Jodie Williams from Great Britain, who finished sixthin the Olympic final in Tokyo improving her PB to 49.97, 2018 European champion JustynaSwyety Ersetic and Anna Kielbasinska, whoimproved her PB to 50.38 in La Chaux de Fonds.

Men’s 3000 metres:

This year’s 10000m Olympic champion SelemonBarega from Ethiopia will face 3000m steeplechase Olympic champion Soufiane ElBakkali from Morocco, 3000m world under 20 champion Tadese Worku from Ethiopia and Abel Kipsang from Kenya, who finished fourth in the 1500m Olympic final.

Women’s 1000 metres:

Jemma Reekie starts as the favourite in the women’s 1000 metres. The Scottish middle distance runner finished fourth in the 800m Olympic final in her PB of 1:56.90 and finishedsecond in Monaco in 1:56.96 and third in 1:58.77 in Brussels. The line-up also features DiribeWelteji from Ethiopia, who won the world under 20 silver medal in the 1500 metres in Nairobi last August.

Men’s 800 metres:

This year’s Olympic bronze medallist and European Indoor gold medallist Patryk Dobekfrom Poland will clash against world silver medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia Herzegovina, this year’s Olympic Trials winner Clayton Murphy, British Indoor record holder EllliotGiles, Daniel Rowden (1:44.09 in Zagreb thisyear), and Jake Wightman, European bronzemedallist in the 1500m

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