Double Olympic champion Ryan Crouser broke the meeting record with 22.84m in the men’s shot put competition dedicated to Ivan Ivancevic at the Memorial Boris Hanzekovic in Zagreb, the penultimate leg of the Continental Tour in Zagreb.
Crouser has extended his winning streak to 27 consecutive victories. Last week Crouser won his first Diamond Trophy in the Sechselautenplatz in Zurich improving Tom Walsh’s meeting record by seven cm to 22.67m.
Crouser has won at the Zagreb meeting for the fourth time in his career. He produced six throws over the 22 metres barrier in all his six attempts improving his previous meeting record set last year by 10 cm.
Tom Walsh took runner-up spot with 22.39m in the fifth round. His other five puts were over the 21 metres barrier. World champion Joe Kovacs finished third with 21.70m. The shot put was held at the City Fountains in Zagreb.
Ryan Crouser: “This is one of my favourite meetings and a great capstone to what has been a fantastic season for me. In 2021 I have achieved everything I could have wanted and more. To be able to come out here for one of my favourite meetings and perform as well as I did for a great crowd, I was extremely happy. You
Men’s discus throw:
The Memorial Boris Hanzekovic in the Sports Park Mladost will feature the full podium of the Tokyo Olympic Games that includes Olympic champion Daniel Stahl, silver and bronze medallists Simon Petterson and Lukas Weisshaidinger. Stahl won the Diamond League final in Zurich beating European Under 23 champion Kristjan Ceh, who also line up in Zagreb.
Women’s discus throw:
Three-time world champion Sandra Perkovic will go up against Olympic gold medallist Valarie Allman, who won the Diamond League final in Zurich with 69.20m and improved the North American record to 71.16m at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin.
The Croatian fans will cheer on local star Perkovic bounced back from the disappointment for the fourth place in Tokyo with a win in Paris with 66.08m and a second place in the Zurich Diamond League final with 67.22m.
Men’s 110m hurdles:
The 110m hurdles race takes on special significance as it is traditionally dedicated to the memory of Boris Hanzekovic, a 110m hurdler, who was killed during World War 2.
Olympic champion Hansle Parchment from Jamaica will take on his compatriot Ronald Levy, who won the bronze medal in Tokyo, and Devon Allen, who won the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne and the Diamond League final in Zurich.
Women’s 100m hurdles:
Tobi Amusan from Nigeria will be looking to continue her good season after her impressive win in the Diamond League final with an African record of 12.42. The 2018 Commonwealth champion will take on world indoor silver medallist Christina Clemons.
Women’s 200 metres:
Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma from Namibia will face Jamaica’s Sherick Jackson in a re-match of the Diamond League final in Zurich. Mboma improved her world under 20 and African record to 21.78 beating Jackson, who set her PB with 21.81. The meeting record held by Allyson Felix with 22.35 could be under threat.
Men’s 100 metres:
US sprinter Ronnie Baker will line-up against Trayvon Bromell and Marvin Bracy. Baker finished fifth in the Olympic final in 9.95 and in the Diamond League final in Zurich in 9.91. Bracy clocked under the 10 seconds barrier three times in the past two weeks clocking 9.98 in Rovereto and Padua and 9.95 in Berlin.
Bromell bounced back from the disappointment for missing the Olympic final in Tokyo with three sub-10 seconds performances (wind-assisted 9.86 in Eugene, 9.97 in Eugene and 9.96 in Zurich). The best European sprinter in the line-up is former European record holder Jimmy Vicaut from France, who reached the olympic semifinal in Tokyo.
Men’s 400 metres:
Grenada’s Olympic bronze medallist Kirani James will face Olympic 4x400 bronze medallist Isaac Makwala from Botswana and European Under 23 bronze medallist Edoardo Scotti from Italy. James finished second in the Diamond League final in Zurich in 44.42The meeting record of 44.94 set in 2017 could be under threat.
Men’s pole vault:
Olympic silver medallist Chris Nilsen will take on double world champion Sam Kendricks. Nilsen improved his PB to 5.97m in Tokyo and won his first Diamond League competition in Lausanne in Lausanne with 5.82m.
Kendricks showed his recent good form finishing second in Zurich with 5.93m and first in Berlin with 5.91m beating Nilsen on countback.
Men’s 3000m steeplechase:
Olympic fourth placer and 2019 Diamond League winner Getnet Wale will start as the favourite in the men’s 3000 steeplechase. Wale finished fourth in Paris and fifth in Zurich in his most recent appearances.
Women’s 2000 metres:
Fresh 5000m Diamond League winner Francine Nyonsaba will be looking to continue her successful season after winning four consecutive races in the 2 miles in Eugene, in the 3000m in Paris, the 5000m in Brussels and in Zurich. The former 800m world indoor champion will take on 1500m Olympic fourth placer Freweny Gebreeziwher from Ethiopia and 2013 world world 5000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono from Kenya.
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