News22 Jun 2021

Muhammad, Miller-Uibo and Kiplimo confirmed for Szekesfehervar


Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins the 200m in Szekesfehervar (© AFP / Getty Images)

Global champions Dalilah Muhammad, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Jacob Kilpimo are among the latest stars who have confirmed their participation at the Gyulai Memorial – a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting – in Szekesfehervar on 6 July.

Muhammad, who will be in action at the US Olympic Trials later this week, is the world and Olympic champion at 400m hurdles and the world record-holder. Having finished seventh in 2015, third in 2017 and second in 2018, Muhammad will be seeking her first Szekesfehervar victory when she takes on US compatriot Shamier Little, Dutch record-holder Femke Bol, Jamaica’s Janieve Russell, USA’s Ashley Spencer, Switzerland’s Lea Sprunger and Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova.

Olympic 400m champion Miller-Uibo, who holds the Gyulai Memorial meeting records at 200m and 400m, will contest the shorter of those events this time. The Bahamian sprinter will line up against two-time world champion Dafne Schippers and world bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundji.

World indoor champion and recently crowned US Trials winner Kendra Harrison will also return to Szekesfehervar. She set a Hungarian all-comers’ record of 12.28 there in 2017 and won again in 2019. The world silver medallist will face world leader Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, USA's Sharika Nelvis, Bahamian record-holder Devynne Charlton and European champion Elvira Herman.

The men’s sprint hurdles is similarly competitive and features Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega, world bronze medallist Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, African record-holder Antonio Alkana and US duo Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts.

Elsewhere in the sprints, Tokyo-bound Wadeline Jonathas will take on European champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and USA’s Lynna Irby over 400m, while world and Olympic medallist Blessing Okagbare will contest the 100m.

World half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo will step down in distance to the 3000m – an event in which he holds the Ugandan record of 7:26.64 – to race against two-time world 5000m champion Muktar Edris, Telahun Haile Bekele, Ethiopian 10,000m champion Berihu Aregawi and Kenya’s 2015 world U18 champion Richard Yator.

The field events in Szekesfehervar will feature several global medallists, none more so than the men’s discus.

Daniel Stahl will be joined by the two men who preceded him as world champion – Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius and Poland’s Piotr Malachowski – as well as Olympic champion Christoph Harting. World silver medallist Fedrick Dacres and Sweden’s Simon Pettersson are also in the high-quality line-up.

In the men’s hammer, four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek will take on arch rival Wojciech Nowicki, the European champion, along with world bronze medallist Bence Halasz and Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Kokhan.

Two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk, continuing her comeback, stars in the women’s hammer. She’ll face 2017 world bronze medallist Malwina Kopron and 2015 world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier.

World leader Maria Andrejczyk, who moved to second on the world all-time list earlier this year, will compete in the javelin alongside Germany’s European champion Christin Hussong, 2016 European champion Tatsiana Khaladovich and European bronze medallist Liveta Jasiunaite.

Three members of the exclusive 18-metre club will clash in the men’s triple jump as world indoor record-holder Hugues Fabrice Zango takes on world indoor champion Will Claye and Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo.

In other events, world bronze medallist Ferguson Rotich, Wesley Vazquez and Elliot Giles are confirmed for the men’s 800m; world silver and bronze medallists Mikhail Akimenko and Ilya Ivanyuk take on 2016 world indoor champion Gianmarco Tamberi, Ukraine’s Andriy Protsenko, Australian record-holder Brandon Starc and 2007 world champion Donald Thomas in the high jump; and the men’s shot put line-up includes European indoor shot put champion Tomas Stanek, 2016 world indoor bronze medallist Filip Mihaljevic, Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki and Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.