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Hellebaut and Bergqvist prepare for more high flying action – IAAF Golden League

MonteCarloEuropean champion Tia Hellebaut (BEL) and World champion Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE) are the latest headline names to sign-up for the IAAF Golden League 2007.

The two high jumping artists have entertained us on many occasions on the international athletics circuit. In their careers they have met 16 times with Bergqvist having 11 wins to the Belgian’s 5 with regard to their head to head duels. Last year, of their nine encounters it was 4 to 5 in favour of Hellebaut who achieved a marvellous 2.03m victory over the World champion in Gothenburg, a performance which took the continental outdoor gold.

Today in Brussels, Belgium, the organisers of the Memorial van Damme, one of the six meetings of the IAAF Golden League, held a press conference with Hellebaut, 29, and Bergqvist, 30, as their guests of honour. The two stars will duel throughout the IAAF Golden League during the coming European summer. Their competition on 14 September in Brussels’ Stade Roi Baudouin will be the fifth of their six 2007 IAAF Golden League battles over the bar.

Click here for a summary of the press conference with photos

Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE)
DOB. 12 October 1976.
PBs: indoor 2.08m / outdoor 2.06m
Titles: Reigning World champion; current World indoor record holder; 2001 and 2003 World Indoor champion; 2002 European champion; 2000 European Indoor champion.

Tia Hellebaut (BEL)
DOB. 16 February 1978.
PBs: indoor 2.05m / outdoor 2.03m
Titles: European indoor and outdoor champion


IAAF Golden League - Dates and venues in 2007:

Friday 15 June, OSLO, NOR
Friday 6 July, PARIS, FRA
Friday 13 July, ROME, ITA
Friday 7 September, ZURICH, SUI
Friday 14 September, BRUSSELS, BEL
Sunday 16 September, BERLIN, GER

IAAF Golden League Events in 2007:

MEN: 100m, 1500m, 110m Hurdles, Triple Jump, Javelin Throw;
WOMEN: 100m, 400m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault.