The 2010 IAAF World Challenge Zagreb Meeting Director Ivana Brkljacic returned from the Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm, [:]where she and Meeting Manager Daniel Wessfeldt held numerous meetings to negotiate the participation of some of the greatest stars of the world athletics. The best and most interesting news is that there is a strong chance that the 60th edition of the Zagreb Meeting might be enhanced by one of the greatest sprinters of all times – Asafa Powell.
„During the conversation in Stockholm, Asafa Powell showed great interest in coming to Zagreb and there is a strong chance that he might run at our Meeting on 1 September. We have completed the first part of negotiations and now we need to do the rest. We need to talk to the representatives of the City of Zagreb, under the auspices of which the Meeting is taking place, and other sponsors to secure the financial means to Bring Asafa Powell to Zagreb. Possible participation of one of the fastest persons of all times is a great thing for the promotion of the Meeting, but also of the city of Zagreb. I believe that many will recognize this and help close the negotiations in a positive way,“ Ivana Brkljacic said after returning to Zagreb.
Asafa Powell was the world record holder in the 100m with 9.77 and 9.74 seconds from June 2005 to May 2008. He is a member of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team that set the world record at the Beijing Olympics. Powell also holds the world record by the number of races he run under 10 seconds (63) and under 9.90 seconds (29). With him at the start in Zagreb, the last year’s meeting record of 9.94 set by Darvis Patton will be challenged.