Belarus’ Nadezhda Ostapchuk, women's Shot silver medallist at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris Saint-Denis, is the latest addition to the line-up of the Rio and Belém IAAF Grand Prix events.
The 23 year-old, who possesses a personal best of 20.56, indoors, and 20.12, outdoors, both from 2003, will take part in the Rio (IAAF GPII, May 16) and Belém (IAAF GP, May 23) meets.
She will clash with Cuba’s Yumileidi Cumbá who has a personal best pb of 19.48, and was the bronze medallist at the 2004 World Indoors and is the reigning Pan-American Games Champion. Brazil’s Elisângela Adriano, the South American record holder (19.30), Pan-American Games silver medallist and finalist at the past 2 outdoor World Championships will also line-up at both venues.
The three athletes are currently in the IAAF World Event Ranking top 10 - Ostapchuk is 4th, Cumbá 6th, and Adriano 10th, so the chances of a good competition are very high.
Also, the Polish 4x400 metres relay squad will be in Brazil. The team composed of Rafal Wieruszewski, Robert Mackowiack, Piotr Rysinkiewicz, Marcin Marciniszyn and Filip Walotka, will try to register good times in order to qualify among the top 16 nations which will be able to compete at the Athens Olympic Games. Relay events are going to be scheduled in both the meets, and Brazil will also be in the search of good timings.
Meanwhile, one of the Brazil’s two medallists at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, Triple jumper Jadel Gregório, opened his outdoor season last Friday with a personal best of 8.10 (1.9m/s wind) in the Long Jump, followed by Rodrigo de Araújo who was second with 8.08 (1.8).
Gregório and de Araújo highlighted the Paulista Championships along with hurdler Maíla Machado, who obtained the “A” qualifying standard for Athens in the 100mh, with 12.86. Good performances also came from Valdinei da Silva (46.24 and 1:47.63 at 400 and 800m), Anselmo da Silva (13.63 in 110mh), Maria Laura Almirão (52.18 in 400m), Luciana Mendes (2:01.92 in 800m) and Elisângela Adriano (17.60 in SP).
In Montevideo, at the 3rd stop of the South American GP, Argentina’s Solange Witteveen cleared 1.91 in HJ, a season’s best for the South American record holder. Redelen dos Santos, from Brazil, won the 110mh in 13.75, and 2003 World Youth Champion, Germán Chiaraviglio (ARG), equalled his season’s best at the PV, with 5.30.