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Some top level clashes in the throws will be among the key highlights of the jubilee 10th Athletics Bridge meeting in Dubnica, Slovakia, on Sunday (26).
Among the 14 Olympic medallists on the programme will be Shot Put winner Tomasz Majewski of Poland who'll take on Canadian Dylan Armstrong who missed the podium in London. In the Hammer Throw London gold medallist Krisztian Pars will meet with Poland's Pawel Fajdek who threw far in qualification but could not manage technically. Also in the field are other Olympic finalists Lukas Melich, Oleksiy Sokyrskyy and Kiril Ikonnikov with Szymon Ziolkowski.
The women's Hammer Throw is a promising first clash since London of all three medallists: Tatyana Lysenko, Anita Wlodarczyk and Betty Heidler.
Organisers are also hoping for fast 100m with the aim to register the first ever sub-10 in Slovakia. The first two members of the Jamaican World record golden team Nesta Carter (third last night in Lausanne with a sub-10) and Michael Frater are the top favorites along with another Jamaican Lerone Clarke, Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic relay bronze medallist Keston Bledman and British semi-finalist from London Dwain Chambers.
Another highlight should be the women's 100m Hurdles with olympic silver winner Dawn Harper who will arrive on the heels of a solid victory in Lausanne. She is a known person at this meet holding the event record of 12.57 since 2009. She will face a group of solid sub-13 runners headed by 2008 Olympic medallist Priscila Lopes-Schliep (her team-mates Phylicia George and Nikkita Holder), Kristi Castlin of the U.S. and Austrian Beate Schrott.
The men's 1000m will see a World junior record attempt (2:15.00 Benjamin Kipkirui from 1999) by Olympic bronze winner Timothy Kitum and another top Kenyan junior Abraham Kipchirchir, who improved to 1:43.13 this year). Also in the field is Olympic fourth placer in the 800m Duane Solomon of the U.S. In the 800m another young Kenyan, Edwin Melly, could deliver first sub 1:46 of the meet.
The women's distance race of the day will be the 1000m showing currently most popular Slovak athlete Lucia Klocova (Olympic 8th placer in the 1500m) with the aim to attack the very old national record of 2:43.45 set in 1977. Klocova will face experienced Russian Yulia Chizhenko, Russian European medallist Irina Maracheva and Canadian Diane Cummins and Brenda Martinez of the U.S.
The women's 100m will see a battle of three relay medallists from London: Jeneba Tarmoh of the U.S. vs. Jamaican Samantha Henry-Robinson and Ukrainian Khrystyna Stuy. Also in the race are fast Jamaican Sheri-Ann Brooks and Laverne Jones-Ferrette from US Virgin Islands.
The women's Steeplechase should see a Slovak all-comers record as Kenyan Lydia Chepkurui clocked 9:14.98 in Stockholm last week and Ukrainian Svitlana Shmidt is a European medallist from Helsinki. Also coming from Ethiopia is former World junior record holder Almaz Ayana.
The star of the women's High Jump is London bronze winner Svetlana Shkolina of Russia and in the men's Pole Vault Briton Steve Lewis, who confirmed top shape last night in Lausanne with 5.80m clearance.
Czech world leader Vitezslav Vesely will have a warm-up competition before the Samsung Diamond League final in Zurich in the javelin trying to improve his own meet record of 82.89m.
The best Slovak race walker Matej Toth will show his abilities in the 3000m track walk while European medallist Aleksey Tsyapik of Belarus is the triple jump favorite.