Sandra Perkovic may not have been her usual dominant self so far this year, but the home crowd at the Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb – the final IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2019 – cheered the world and Olympic discus champion on to a 67.78m victory on Tuesday (3).
Sara Kolak may yet have to suffer being called the surprise Olympic champion every time her Rio exploits are recalled but she reinforced the fact that it was no fluke in emphatic fashion when she twice extended her national record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (6), finishing with a world-leading 68.43m with her final effort.
With the full set of Olympic medallists taking on the world champion, European champion and Diamond Race winner, it’s easy to see why organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene are saying it’s the best women’s javelin field in Prefontaine Classic history.
To perhaps best encapsulate the athletics journey undertaken by Sara Kolak, we need look no further than her right shoulder.
The Fairmont Hotel was buzzing with anticipation today ahead of this evening’s IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 as several of the world’s finest athletes gathering in the Principality. Several took time to meet with the media throughout the day. Here is a sampling of what some of them had to say.