News02 Jun 2016

Tuka and Holzdeppe the first stars named for Madrid


Amel Tuka wins the 800m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco (© Philippe Fitte)

The Meeting de Madrid 2016 will feature rising 800m star Amel Tuka and 2013 world pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe on Thursday 23 June, organisers of the IAAF World Challenge meeting in the Spanish capital announced on Tuesday (2).

Tuka made his big breakthrough at Spain’s leading one-day meeting 12 months ago, running faster than 1:44.00 for the first time when winning in 1:43.84.

A week later, the 25-year-old Bosnian won at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco in a world-leading 1:42.51 and then went on to take the bronze medal over two laps of the track at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 last August.

Holzdeppe, 26, took the silver in the Chinese capital last summer, following on from his world title in Moscow in 2013. Although the German has yet to jump outdoors this year, he can point to a clearance of 5.84m indoors this winter.

Organisers for the IAAF