Timing can be everything in athletics.
Five major championships medallists are among the latest additions to the heptathlon field for the Hypo-Meeting, the next leg of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge, in Götzis on 27-28 May.
The combined events season will draw to a close on Saturday and Sunday (17-18) with the 40th edition of the Decastar meeting in the French city of Talence.
Anouk Vetter was imperious in the European Championships heptathlon on Saturday (9) as she claimed gold while succeeding Dafne Schippers as the Dutch record-holder in the process.
France’s two-time European heptathlon champion Antoinette Nana Djimou and Russia’s European indoor heptathlon champion Ilya Shkurenev have been added to the fields of the famous Hypo-Meeting in the Austrian town of Gotzis on 30-31 May, the organisers of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting announced on Tuesday (14).
It may not be the last fixture of the 2014 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, but the Decastar meeting in Talence on 20-21 September will be the last opportunity to score points for those in contention of finishing in the top three in the series.
European heptathlon champion Antoinette Nana Djimou and European decathlon silver medallist Kevin Mayer will head to the Decastar meeting in Talence, France, with high hopes of securing the host nation’s first double win since 1977 at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting on 20-21 September.
Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus ignored the less-than-ideal weather conditions to piece together a world-leading 8616 score to win the decathlon at the European Championships in Zurich, while Antoinette Nana Djimou successfully defended her heptathlon title.
Yohann Diniz shattered the world record* in the 50km race walk on the fourth day of action at the European Championships in Zurich on Friday (15).
The preview for the Heptathlon could have been a very different one just a week or so ago but the fact that the two biggest names, Great Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Games champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Russia’s 2011 World champion Tatyana Chernova, have withdrawn from the competition through injury changes everything.