19 JAN 2011 General News Ostrava, Czech Republic

Campbell-Brown to headline Ostrava 100m, Thorkildsen and Pitkamäki to square off, Robles to return - IAAF World Challenge

Veronica Campbell-Brown beats Shelly-Ann Fraser and Carmelita Jeter in the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic (Kirby Lee)Veronica Campbell-Brown beats Shelly-Ann Fraser and Carmelita Jeter in the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic (Kirby Lee) © Copyright

Veronica CampbellBrown, the fastest women in 2010, will headline the 100m at the 50th Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on 31 May.

“I heard a lot positive about the meet and hope to bring some sunshine from Jamaica to Ostrava,” said the Jamaican, who will be making her first appearance at this IAAF World Challenge Meeting.

Campbell-Brown, the two-time Olympic 200m champion and 2007 World 100m champion, led the world at both the 100m and 200m in 2010, clocking 10.78 and 21.98, respectively. Her 100m performance at the Samsung Diamond League fixture in Eugene was also a career best for the 28-year-old.

In Ostrava Campbell-Brown will be aiming for the 11.03 meet record set by Ivet Lalova in 2005 and perhaps the meet's first sub-11 clocking.

Also confirmed for the Czech fixture is a now regular guest, Cuban Olympic 110m Hurdles Dayron Robles. The Cuban achieved his global mark of 12.87 in Ostrava in the run-up to his Beijing Olympic triumph in 2008. He will return for the fifth time after collecting three straight wins (2008-10) and one third place showing (2007).

Meet director Jan Zelezny is particularly enjoying how the fields in the Javelin Throw are progressing. On the men's side, the world's top two best, Norway's Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen and 2007 World champion Tero Pitkamäki of Finland, will clash. At the moment, Thorkildsen holds a 33-27 edge in their storied rivalry. Petr Frydrych, Vitezslav Vesely, and Jakub Vadlejch, all coached by Zelezny, will also be in the mix.

Headlining the women's event is World record holder and Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova, who also now trains under Zelezny, the men's World record holder.

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