This weekend (28-29) some of Europe’s best combined eventers will use the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Ratingen as a form-test and qualifying event ahead of the European Championships in Zurich in August (12-17).
Aside from the 1997 edition, German athletes have featured at every Hypo-Meeting since the competition began back in 1975. And once again, German all-rounders will descend upon the Austrian city of Gotzis for the 40th anniversary edition of the famous multievents meeting, art of the 2014 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, which starts on 31 May.
After a very good Heptathlon High Jump competition, very little happened in the next event, the Shot Put. Most of the athletes were at their usual level with only a couple of favourites falling back from their previous results and no-one produced a big result to create an impact on the overall scores.
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Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Games champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Russia’s 2011 World champion Tatyana Chernova, have withdrawn from the competition through injury changes everything.
Julia Machtig came through strongly on the second day of the Ruhrgas DLV Mehrkampf meeting, an IAAF Combined Events Challenge competition, to set a 2013 world-leading Heptathlon of 6430 points in the German town of Ratingen on Sunday (16).
Kai Kazmirek was the surprise overnight leader at the halfway point in the Decathlon with 4388 points while Kira Biesenbach is in pole position in the Heptathlon with 3701 points at the Ruhrgas DLV Mehrkampf meeting, an IAAF Combined Events Challenge competition, in the German town of Ratingen on Saturday (15).
With six German decathletes who have scored over 8000 points and seven German heptathletes who have gone over 6000 points in their careers, the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Ratingen on Saturday and Sunday (15-16) looks likely be an all-German affair.