News15 May 2024

Caudery, De Grasse and top javelin clash announced for Ostrava


Pole vaulter Molly Caudery (© Getty Images)

Global gold medallists Molly Caudery and Andre De Grasse are among the athletes announced for the Ostrava Golden Spike, with less than two weeks to go to the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

A top javelin clash has also been confirmed for the event on 28 May, with Neeraj Chopra, Jakub Vadlejch and Anderson Peters renewing their rivalry in Czechia.

After winning world indoor pole vault gold in Glasgow in March, Great Britain’s Caudery enjoyed a successful start to her outdoor campaign as she won on her season opener in Doha.

At that Diamond League meeting the 24-year-old cleared 4.73m and won on countback from world champion Nina Kennedy. In Ostrava her competition will include Czech record-holder Amalie Svabikova, last year’s Golden Spike winner Tina Sutej and 2016 Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi.

Canada’s De Grasse is the Olympic 200m champion who most recently helped his nation qualify for the men’s 4x100m at the Paris Olympics with their performance at the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24.

In Ostrava he will race the 100m, going up against another Olympic gold medallist – the already announced Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs.

Also named for the field are Trayvon Bromell, Ryiem Forde and Reece Prescod.

After taking the top three spots at the Doha Diamond League, the global gold medal trio of Vadlejch, Chopra and Peters will clash again at the Ostrava Golden Spike.

In Doha, Czechia’s Olympic silver medallist Vadlejch prevailed, throwing 88.38m to win by just 2cm ahead of India’s Olympic and world champion Chopra. Grenada's two-time world gold medallist Peters was third with a 86.62m throw.

In Ostrava, they will join the already announced Mondo Duplantis, Gianmarco Tamberi, Haruka Kitaguchi, Steven Gardiner and Ewa Swoboda.