The weather may have been unpredictable, but Germany’s leading Olympic medal hopes turned in a consistent series of classy performances at their national championships in Kassel over the weekend.
As has become traditional, the men's and women's hammer events will be held the day before the main meeting at Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, which is part of the IAAF World Challenge and IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, on 25 May.
The ISTAF Berlin meeting, part of the IAAF World Challenge, will see nine Olympic, 15 world and 15 European champions lining up on the blue track of Berlin’s iconic Olympic stadium on Sunday (31).
Betty Heidler and Krisztian Pars produced world-leading efforts at Ostrava’s Golden Spike, part of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, with the men’s and women’s hammer competitions traditionally held the day before the main meeting programme in this eastern Czech city.
Ukraine’s Bogdan Bondarenko got the best of Russian rival Ivan Ukhov in the latest duel between the reigning world and Olympic champions in the men’s high jump at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Tokyo. He certainly worked hard enough for it at the IAAF World Challenge meeting on Sunday (11).