The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity, and a Vision Statement: “To lead, govern and develop the sport of athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics Family in a spirit of excellence, integrity and solidarity.”
Stockholm, SwedenThis year, the DN GalanSamsung Diamond League - Shot Put competition for women and men will take place within the grounds of 100-year-old Stockholm Stadium on 17 August. The Stadium has been host to 83 World records and bests, more than any other arena in the world.
Given the 100 year anniversary of the stadium, the shot putters will now come back to the Stadium to compete at this year’s Big Shot event.
This season’s furthest putter so far, Christian Cantwell (22.31), is looking forward to another start at DN Galan. At last year’s meeting Cantwell found a better rhythm and he is known for not having so many fouls.
“Even when I have some bad days I usually can reach 21 metres. But I have worked hard for many years to be consistent in my technique.”
Poland’s Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski (21.60) has been the other main player at DN Galan in recent years. Majewski and Cantwell will yet again go head-to-head this year.
The women’s shot put competition has also attracted the best in the world. New Zealand’s Olympic champion Valerie Adams and European champion Nadine Kleinert from Germany are both competing. Adams, who is also the current World champion champion, has full focus on defending her Olympic laurels in London but sees no problem in also getting ready for the post-Games DN Galan.
“When the Games are over I will turn my attention to the Samsung Diamond League where we have a number of competitions. The first of these will be in Stockholm.”