22 MAY 2009 General News Ostrava, Czech Republic

Olympic champions Kozmus and Miankova to lead strong Hammer Throw fields in Ostrava - IAAF World Athletics Tour

Aksana Miankova on her way to winning Olympic hammer gold (Getty Images)Aksana Miankova on her way to winning Olympic hammer gold (Getty Images) © Copyright

Olympic champions Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia and Oksana Miankova of Belarus will lead formidable fields in the Hammer Throw at the Ostrava Golden Spike, organisers announced.

The Golden Spike is Grand Prix status meeting as part of the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Tour and the only Grand Prix meet this season which will stage both the men's and women's Hammer Throw.

The tradition began in 2006 when the eastern Czech city first hosted a Hammer Throw competition on the day prior to the main meeting programme, with this year's throwing event set for 16 June.

Hungary's Krisztian Pars, the Olympic silver medallist and the current world leader at 81.43m, has also been confirmed for the men's competition.

In the women's event, the competitors will compete for the Kamila Skolimowska Trophy to honour the 2000 Olympic champion who passed away in February. The popular Pole competed in all three previous editions in Ostrava, finishing third in 2007 and fourth in 2006 and 2008. Here parents will be in Ostrava to personally award the Trophy.

The women's field will include Slovakia's Martina Hrasnova, the current world leader at 76.90m, whose effort landed just 90 cm shy of the World record. 2007 World champion Betty Heidler of Germany, and Poland´s Anita Wlodarczyk, the winner of the European Cup Winter Throwing title with 75.05m, are also in the field.

Organisers and Bob Ramsak for the IAAF