04 MAY 2011 General News Ostrava, Czech Republic

Richards, Ohuruogu and Rosolova to square off in Ostrava

Sanya Richards, victorious in Waco, in her first 400m race in 10 months (Errol Anderson)Sanya Richards, victorious in Waco, in her first 400m race in 10 months (Errol Anderson) © Copyright
World 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross and Christine Ohuruogu, the reigning Olympic champion will square off at the 50th jubilee Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on 31 May.

it will be the first appearance by Richards-Ross, the US record holder, at this IAAF World Challenge meeting.

"After many years of admiring Jan Zelezny I've always wanted to travel to the Czech Republic," said Richards-Ross. "I look forward to competing there against Denisa Rosolova, who seems to be in great shape. I believe it will be a great race." The multiple relay gold medallist and IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2009 will head to Ostrava after her 200 and 400m races at Rome's Compeed Golden Gala on 26 May.

Rosolova, the European indoor 400m champion, is one of the most popular Czech athletes at the moment, and will have a formidable battle on her hands, having to face Ohuruogu as well. The Briton will compete in Ostrava for the third time after taking the win in 2008 and finishing fourth last year.

The target for the trio will be a difficult one: Tatjana Kocembova's 49.67 meeting record, one of the oldest in Ostrava, set in 1983.

Also confirmed is current 100m World leader Steve Mullings of Jamaica and Poland´s European indoor champion Adam Kszczot who will compete in the 1000m with the aim to attack the national record of 2:17.22.

Exhibit honouring meetings' 50th anniversary opens

An official exhibit was opened on Tuesday (3) on behalf of the 50th jubilee edition of the meeting. Photos, newspaper clippings and other materials like hurdles, javelins, and starting blocks remembering the 50 years of the meeting will be shown in Ostrava City Museum until the middle of June. Some portions of the exhibition will be shown during the meeting days also in official athletes hotel.

Organisers for the IAAF