News30 Jun 2020

Plans on track to celebrate Zagreb meeting's 70th edition


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Despite unprecedented challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic and a late March earthquake in the Croatian capital, organisers say plans are on track for the jubilee 70th edition of the Hanžeković Memorial in Zagreb, the oldest and most notable ongoing annual sporting event in Croatia.

Organisers of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series event, set for 15 September, are working closely with Croatia's Civil Protection authorities to ensure that the meeting will be firmly in line with the measures and restrictions in force at the time.

The meeting is named in honour of Boris Hanžeković, Croatia's inter-war hurdles icon who was killed during World War II when attempting to escape from the notorious Jasenovac concentration camp. As such, both the men's and women's sprint hurdles fields are particularly strong. Given the success of Croatian throwers in recent years - world and Olympic champions Sandra Perkovic and Sara Kolak among them - the throws will also be expected to take centre stage.

Organisers have made room for 12 events on the programme - 100m, 800m, 110m hurdles, 1500m, shot put and discus throw for men and 100m, 100m hurdles, long jump, high jump, javelin and discus throws for women.

Organisers for World Athletics