Another fast rivals for Volko, excellent Cuban triple-jumpers at P-T-S

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With the upcoming date of the 54thP-T-S international athletic meeting in Šamorín, the preliminary start list has been filled with interesting names. In the last hours, two rivals for Slovak sprint record holder Jan Volko have been confirmed. 

On the start of 100m, former South African record holder, 25-year-old Henricho Bruintjies (PB 9.97), last year silver medallist from Commonwealth Games on 100m and 4x100m will figure. He started in 100m in the x-bionic® spherein the year 2016 and finished second behind Femi Ogundo, who broke the record of P-T-S (10.01). By that time, just 19-year-old Volko finished fifth (10.39). Another South African Thando Roto with PB 9.95 was silver on 2017 World Universiade.                                                                                

Triple jump will be a great experience at P-T-S – double Olympic champion and triple world champion Christian Taylor, seventh from 2017 World Championships Andy Díaz (PB 17.40) and 20-year-old Cristian Nápoels (PB 17.34) from Cuba will perform in Šamorín. 

Algerian Abdelmalik Lahlou, last year’s African champion, will join the 400m hurdlers race. 

The biggest stars of men javelin throw will be bronze world medallist Petr Frydrych (PB 88.32). In the year 2017, he won the P-T-S meeting with 84.94. The next year, this record was broken by Jakub Vadlejch. In Šamorín, Jaroslav Jílek (83.19) will not be missing such as Qi Chen, the winner of 2018 Asian Games.

On the start list of women 400m race, silver European medallist Maria Belimpasakia from Greece and Russian great junior Polina Miller (PB 51.65) will figure.  

Queen Harrison (PB 12.43) was second on 100m track in Šamorín, the winner was Belarus Elvira Herman. Besides Harrison, the indoor silver medallist of USA Evonne Britton (PB 12.81) will perform. Two great South Africans Nela, Van der Walt on 400m hurdlers are joined by Kiah Seymour (PB 54.67). First name on the start list of women long jump is Serbian talent Milica Gardasevic (PB 664), the junior European champion.

The organizers of P-T-S from Slovak athletic federation stay devoted to tradition and they welcome athletics legends at the venue. “The first world champion in shot put with a 21.60 record Helena Fibingerová will be an honourable guest of the 54thedition of the event. The invitation was sent to the world record holder in triple jump Jonathan Edwards as well, but he had to apologize because of other program. But he promised to come to Šamorín next time,” said president of Slovak athletic federation Peter Korčok.

The main program will start at 8 p.m. on 15thJune, it consists of 14 disciplines – 8 in men’s category (100m, 1000m, 3000m steeplechase, 400m hurdlers, high jump, triple jump, javelin throw, 3000m race walk) and 6 in women’s category (400m, 800m, 100m hurdlers, 400m hurdlers, long jump / memorial of E. Šuranova, 3000m race walk). Besides main program, the traditional national program will take place and also the 3rdedition of kid’s P-T-S will be held. 

“Thanks to the support of the management of the x-bionic® sphere, 150 finalists of Children’s P-T-S may enjoy the atmosphere of the competition from Friday to Sunday. Children will be watching the main program after their competitions, after which they will sleep over at the venue and they will travel home on Sunday morning. Also, participants of the inter-regional meeting of youth may stay there. We want to offer our talents to see the top athletics and their idols right in action,“ said Vladimír Gubricky, the director of 54thP-T-S meeting and general secretary of Slovak athletic federation. 

The P-T-S meeting will be broadcasted via RTVS on Dvojka. P-T-S has a status of European Athletics Classic this year, which has positive impact to the world rankings of IAAF which is also important for the qualification system for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

The entry for P-T-S meeting is free.

TOP ATHLETES OF 54THP-T-S MEETING

 MEN

100m:Ján Volko (SVK, PB 10.13), Richard Kilty (GBR, 10.01), Sydney Siame (ZMB, 10.06), Cejhae Greene (ATG, 10.00), Zdeňek Stromšík (CZE, 10.16), Henricho Bruintjies(RSA, 9.97), Thando Roto (RSA, 9.95)

1000 m: Nicholas Kipkoech (KEN, 2:16,17/1:43,37 on 800 m), Jamie Webb (GBR, 1:45,73 on 800 m), Kyle Langford (GBR, 1:45,16 on 800 m)

3000 m steeplechase: Tafese Soboka (ETH, 8:13,22), Getnet Wale (ETH, 8:12,28), Tesfaye Deriba (ETH, 8:13,33), Lawrence Kemboi (KEN, 8:13,59)

400 m hurdlers:Lindsay Hanekom (RSA, 48,81), Juander Santos (DOM, 48,59), Quincy Downing (USA, 48,13), Abdelmalik Lahlou (ALG, 48,47), Martin Kučera (SVK, 49,08)

High jump:Majd Edin Ghazal (SYR, 236), Edgar Rivera (MEX, 230), Matúš Bubeník (SVK, 231), Lukáš Beer (SVK, 228), Dimitrios Chondrokoukis (CYP, 233), Trevor Barry (BHS, 232)

Triple jump:Christian Taylor (USA, 18,21), Khotso Mokoena (RSA, 17,35), Tomáš Veszelka (SVK, 16,78), Andy Díaz (CUB, 17,40), Cristian Nápoels (CUB, 17,34)

Javelin throw:Petr Frydrych (CZE, 88,32), Jaroslav Jílek (CZE, 83,19), Qi Chen (CHN, 82,22)

3000 m race walk:Dawid Tomala (POL, 10:56,98)

WOMEN

400 m:Maria Belimpasaki (GRE, 50,45), Polina Miller (RUS, 51,65)

800 m:Mahlet Mulugeta (ETH, 1:59,84), Elkay Nalyany (KEN, 2:00,28), Gabriela Gajanová (SVK, 2:01,90), Iveta Putalová (SVK, 2:06,95), Alexandra Štuková (SVK, 2:02,91)

100m hurdlers:Devynne Charlton (BAH, 12,70), Rikenette Steenkamp (RSA, 12,81) Luca Kozáková (HUN, 12,86), Stanislava Lajčáková (SVK, 13,35), Queen Harrison (USA, 12,43), Evonne Britton (USA, 12,81)

400m hurdlers: Wanda Nel (RSA, 54,37), Zenéy Van der Walt (RSA, 55,05), Kiah Seymour (USA, 54,67), Daniela Ledecká (SVK, 57,81).

Long jump:Milica Gardaševič (SCG, 664)3000m race walk:Anežka Drahotová (CZE, 11:52,38),