Quite a number of athletes, who will run and jump at the Mladost Sports Park in Zagreb on Monday, will come from Zurich, where they participated in the legendary Weltklasse on Friday and achieved very good results.
Old/new World High Jump Champion Blanka Vlasic confirmed her good form before Zagreb Grand Prix in Zurich, where she won for the third time in a row, clearing 201cm in the first attempt. We also need to mention another guest of Zagreb, world silver medallist Anna Chicherova, who cleared 198 cm.
Olympic 100m Hurdles Champion Dawn Harper confirmed that it was only bad luck that she failed to win a medal at the World Championships. She finished second in Zurich and equalled her personal best of 12.48, which she had achieved in the semifinals in Berlin. She is coming to Zagreb ready to challenge Olga Shishigina’s Meeting Record of 12.60 from 1999.Delloreen Ennis-London finished fourth with 12.62. New World 110m Hurdles Champion Ryan Brathwaite ran 13.27 and David Oliver 13.33.
Sprinters will dash from Zurich to Zagreb with excellent results. Darvis Patton finished third with the season’s best of 9.95 seconds. US Champion Mike Rodgers also ran below ten seconds, while Michael Frater clocked 10.04 seconds. The Zagreb Meeting Record is 10.08 seconds.
Ali Bilal Mansour finished second in the 1500m with solid 3:33.74, and Shericka Williams third in the 400m clocking 50.40 seconds, only three hundredths of a second slower than Vanja Stambolova’s Zagreb Meeting Record.