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And then there were three! $1 Million on the line in Brussels - ÅF Golden League

MonteCarloWith one more ÅF Golden League Jackpot challenge to come this Friday (4 Sep) in Brussels, Belgium at the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme, three athletes have a chance to at least share the $1 Million prize.

Kenenisa Bekele (5000m), Sanya Richards (400m) and Yelena Isinbayeva (Pole Vault) each produced exhilarating performances on the fifth stage of their sixth leg hunt for the $1 Million at last Friday’s (28 Aug) Weltklasse Zürich, the fifth meeting of the ÅF Golden League 2009. There were world season leads for all three, with Isinbayeva’s 5.06m mark a new World record, a remarkable comeback after registering no height in Berlin.

But heading into Zürich there had been a fourth aspirant for the Jackpot, World silver medallist Kerron Stewart of Jamaica in the women’s 100m who, while running well to head off among others World and Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser, was beaten by USA’s World bronze medallist Carmelita Jeter (10.86).

Remaining Contenders for the $1 Million Jackpot:


3000m/5000m - Kenenisa Bekele (ETH):
Berlin 13:00.76; Oslo 13:04.87; Rome 12:56.23; Paris (3000m) 7:28.64; Zürich 12:52.32


400m - Sanya Richards (USA):
Berlin 49.57sec; Oslo 49.23; Rome 49.46; Paris 49.34; Zürich 48.94

Pole Vault - Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS):
Berlin 4.83m; Oslo 4.71; Rome 4.85; Paris 4.65; Zürich 5.06 World record*


There are TEN ÅF Golden League event disciplines designated to the Jackpot in 2009, five events for men and five for women, as follows:

Men: 100m, 400m, 3000m/5000m, 110m Hurdles, Javelin Throw.
Women: 100m, 400m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault.

Athletics’ biggest yearly payday - ÅF Golden League Jackpot

The prize - $1 Million

The requirement - ‘6 out of 6’

The annual drama that is the season long campaign to claim the $1 Million Jackpot offered by the ÅF Golden League continues in 2009 with its ‘winner takes all’ ethos. Athletes are required to win at all six meetings in the series to acquire at least a share of athletics’ biggest yearly payday.

The possibility of a secondary prize also exists.

To sustain the active participation in the Jackpot of as many athletes as possible through to the culmination of the series, should NO athlete manage to attain six wins and claim the $1 Million, then anyone with five victories will share half the original prize - $500,000. NOTE. this secondary prize is only on offer should nobody win his or her event at all six meetings.

Cities and Dates for 2009 -

Berlin, GER – Sunday 14 June
Oslo, NOR – Friday 3 July
Rome, ITA – Friday 10 July
Paris, FRA – Friday 17 July
Zürich, SUI – Friday 28 August
Brussels, BEL – Friday 4 September


*subject to usual ratification procedures