14 JUL 2004 General News Linz, Austria

Linz lines up Zakari and Beckford

James Beckford in action in the men's long jump (Getty Images)James Beckford in action in the men's long jump (Getty Images) © Copyright

Top sprinter Aziz Zakari and world long jump silver medallist James Beckford have been lined up to compete at the 17th Intersport Gugl-Meeting in Linz on Monday 2 August.

Ghana’s Abdul Aziz Zakari who won the 100m at the TDK Golden League in Rome (10.10 - 2 July) will race in Linz, the meeting in which in 2001 he set a personal best of 10.04 seconds. In Rome he left the current World champion Kim Collins (SKN) trailing.

Jamaican James Beckford, who has a summer season’s best of 8.23 (3 July) and a personal best of 8.62 (1997) goes in the men's Long Jump, an event at which he is currently ranked number 5 in the IAAF World Rankings. 

In the opening meeting of the Intersport Arena he managed 8.11m and “on 2 August I want to exceed this length in the open-air stadium,” confirmed Beckford.

The sandpit in Linz has witnessed some outstanding jumps in the past:

1995: Ivan Pedroso 8.66m (Gugl-Record)
1994: Kareem Streete-Thompson 8.63m
1997: Ivan Pedroso 8.56m
2002: Dwight Phillips 8.38m