STARS OF P-T-S MEETING

JÁN VOLKO (SVK/100 m)

Slovak Athlete of the Year 2017 and European Indoor Champion of 2019 at 60m from Glasgow will be Slovakia’s biggest star of the meeting. He holds Slovak records in sprints at 60m indoor (6.57), 100 m (10.13) and 200 m (20.24) outdoor. He is also the silver medalist from European Indoor Champion of 2017 at 60m, World Championship Finalist of 2018 at 60m (6th place), European U23 Champion of 2017 at 200m (Silver at 100m). Last year at P-T-S meeting he set the 100m SVK record (10.13).

RICHARD KILTY (GBR – 100 m)

World Indoor Champion 2014 at 60m, double European Indoor Champion at 60m (2015, 2017), European Champion 2014 and the winner of Commonwealth Games of 2018 in 4 x 100m relay. Twenty-nine-years-old Briton has his personal best of 6.49 at 60m, 10.01 at 100m and 20.34 at 200m. His nickname is a “Teesside tornado”.

MAJD EDDIN GHAZAL (SYR – High Jump)

The second Syrian medalist from the Athletic World Championships (Bronze medal in London 2017) altogether with the heptathlon athlete, Ghade Shouaa, has already competed in Samorin (in 2017 – 2nd with performance 224 cm). He is the Asian Champion of 2019, finishing seventh at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In the past, during years 2007 – 2014, he was coached by coaches from the former Soviet Union (Yuri Voloshin from Russia, Belarusian Alexander Kotovich, Vladimir Brigadnyi from Turkmenistan, Russians Viacheslav Voronin and Alexander Purt). During his preparation for the 2012 Olympics, he trained during the Syrian Civil War at Damascus Stadium until it got destroyed by the bombs. His personal best is 236 cm.

DIMITRIOS CHONDROKOUKIS (CYP – High Jump)

World Champion of 2012 – at that time representing Greece, but from 2013 representing Cyprus because his mother comes from this country. He was seventh at the European Championship 2016, eleventh at the 2015 World Championship and twelfth at the 2016 Olympics. His absolute personal best is 233 cm.

CHRISTIAN TAYLOR (USA – Triple Jump)

The double Olympic champion (2012 and 2016) and the triple World Champion will be one of the biggest stars of the meeting. He comes from Fayeteville, USA with the personal best of 18.21m (!) but his parents come from Barbados, Caribbean. He might in some favorable circumstances endanger the P-T-S meeting record of 17.90m from 1990 (meeting record holder is Inozemcev from Russia). Taylor is also a great 400m runner, he has improved his personal record to 45.07. He is also the Junior World Champion of 2008 at 4 x 400m.

ELVIRA HERMAN (BLR – 100 m Hurdles)

In 2018, the 21-year-old Belarussian won the European Youth Star Award in the youth category at the Athletics Golden Tracks Awards in Lausanne after surprisingly winning the gold medal at 100m hurdles at European Championship in Berlin. Getting a title of the European Champion confirmed her great talent from youth categories, when she took the silver medal from 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. She also won at the Junior European Championships 2015, a year later she won at 2016 Junior World Championship, took the silver medal at 2017 European U23 Championship. Last year (2018) at P-T-S meeting she won unexpectedly by overcoming the great American Queen Harrison and improved her personal best to 12.64. Five weeks later, she won gold at the European Championship in Berlin.

AYANLEH SOULEIMAN (DJI – 1000 m)

26-year-old athlete from Djibouti is the world indoor record holder from 2016 at 1000m, when in Stockholm with a time of 2: 14.20 broke the previous world indoor record of the legendary Danish Wilson Kipketer (originally from Kenya) by 0,76 seconds. Nobody has overcome this time yet.
He is the World Indoor Champion 2014 at 1500 meters, bronze medalist from World Championship 2013 at 800 meters and he finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio at 1500m. His running versatility is also evidenced by absolute personal bests: 1:42.97 at 800m, 2:13.49 at 1000m, 3:29.58 at 1500m and 7:39.81 at 3000 m.

ANEZKA DRAHOTOVA (CZE – 3000 m race walk)

World Junior Champion (2014) and European Junior Champion (2013). Silver medalist from the European U23 Championship of 2015. From Senior European Championships she has also bronze medal from Zurich 2014 and silver medal from Berlin 2018. Her personal best at “untraditional” 3000m is 11: 52.36 min.