Germany’s leading decathletes and heptathletes will be hoping to impress on home soil at the Erdgas Mehrkampf-Meeting in Ratingen, an IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting, on Saturday and Sunday (27-28).
Having missed the past two full seasons due to injury and childbirth, Germany’s two-time World Championships medallist Jennifer Oeser intends to compete at the Erdgas Mehrkampf-Meeting in Ratingen on 27-28 June, the mid-way stop of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
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.
In 2012, Ashton Eaton broke the world record at the US Olympic Trials with a score of 9039 points and went to the London 2012 Olympics Games as the outstanding favourite for the gold medal. This year, the 25-year-old only lies in 13th place in the world list but that decepetive position should not cover the fact that things have not changed a all.
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).
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.