MonteCarloThe six meeting quest to claim the $1 Million Jackpot of the ÅF Golden League reached the halfway stage last Friday in Rome (11) and, of the five contenders for the prize who set out on that evening, only two won through to continue to the second half of the challenge which begins in the Stade de France at the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis on Friday 18 July 2008.
Read about a superb night of athletics which was played out in front of a 30,000+ crowd of spectators in Rome’s vast Olympic stadium –
World record for Isinbayeva makes the night in Rome; Down to two for the $1 Million - http://www.iaaf.org/GLE08/news/newsid=46027.html
The remaining TWO ÅF Golden League Jackpot Contenders are women:
800m - Pamela Jelimo, 18, (KEN): 1:54.99 Area Record / World Junior record in Berlin; 1:55.41 in Oslo; 1:55.69 in Rome; African champion, the sensational find of the year.
High Jump - Blanka Vlasic, 24, (CRO): 2:03m in Berlin; 2.04m in Oslo; her 2.00m win in Rome was her 32nd consecutive victory; World champion indoors and out.
Athletics’ biggest yearly payday - ÅF Golden League Jackpot
The prize - $1 Million
The requirement - ‘6 out of 6’
In 2008, there are TEN ÅF Golden League event disciplines designated to the Jackpot, six events for men and four for women, as follows:
Men: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, Javelin Throw
Women: 200m, 800m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump
Athletes are required to win at all six meetings to acquire at least a share of athletics’ biggest yearly payday.
The possibility of a secondary prize also exists as it did in 2007:
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 2008 - ÅF Golden League
Berlin, GER – Sunday 1 June
Oslo, NOR – Friday 6 June
Rome, ITA – Friday 11 July
Paris, FRA – Friday 18 July
Zürich, SUI – Friday 29 August
Brussels, BEL – Friday 5 September