International field for First Hungarian Indoor Grand Prix
5 February 1999 Spectators at todays 1st Hungarian indoor Grand Prix can look forward to a full bill of national and international champions.
In the mens pole vault, Olympic champion Jean Galfione will compete against Kazakstans Igor Potapovitch, Tim Lobinger from Germany and the winner of last years World Cup competition in Johannesburg, Russias Maxim Tarasov. Britains Colin Jackson looks a firm favourite in the mens 60m hurdles, where he will race against Anier Garcia from Cuba and Duane Ross of the USA.
Local favourite Miklos Gyulai (son of IAAF General Secretary István Gyulai) will be attempting a double: he will face former world record holder Andre Cason (USA) in the 60m and line up against Anios Markoulides (the meeting record holder from Greece) and Holger Blume (twin brother of Marc Blume GER) in the 200m.
Kenyas Daniel Komen is the obvious favourite in the mens 2000m, with the only probable challenge coming from countryman Laban Rotich who currently holds the meeting record in the event. Komen may well try to better Gebrselassies mark for this distance of 4:52.86.
In the womens events, Susanthika Jayasinghe starts favourite in the first heat of the 60m with, Irina Privalova a probable victor in the 2nd heat. Jayasinghe will also double in the 200m, with another strong performance possible in that event from Jamaicas Juliet Campbell..
The womens 60m hurdles are likely to be dominated by last years revelation from Nigeria, Glory Alozie, though she is likely to be challenged by the vastly more experienced Brigitta Bukovec from Slovenia. Surprisingly, the organisers are announcing both 50m and 60m hurdles so the two will clash twice within the space of an hour during the meeting.