After the curtain fell on the first season of the Diamond League in Brussels, the 2010 IAAF Zagreb World Challenge organizers can proudly announce that as many as seven Diamond League winners will compete at the Mladost Sports Park in Zagreb from 5pm on 1 September. [:]So, the citizens of Zagreb will be able to see this year’s best athlete in the world in almost half of the events of the Meeting. Moreover, the winner of the Men’s Hammer Challenge will be decided in Zagreb because the hammer throw is not in the program of the Diamond League.
The ladies’ list is led by the world’s best high jumper and the only one who won all seven competitions in an event – Blanka Vlasic. Croatia’s best athlete is the only one who has collected the maximum 32 points and she is coming to the 60th Zagreb Meeting with such a great rating.
The undoubtedly top figure in the men’s events is the US record holder in the 100m Tyson Gay, who ran 9.79 seconds, only one hundredth of a second slower than the world lead, in the rain and cold weather in Belgium. Of course he won and – with eight points – secured the trophy with a large diamond.
The field in the shot put is a real gem. Christian Cantwell confirmed his overall win with his second place, but in Zagreb, he will want to get even with Reese Hoffa, who bested him in Brussels with a 22.16 metre throw. Another shot putter who guarantees a spectacular event is coming to Zagreb – Tomasz Majewski.
Excellent hurdler Bershawn Jackson, who ran under 48 seconds again, is another Diamond League winner, who is coming to Zagreb, as well as the long jump „diamond“ Dwight Phillips.
Two more ladies, who won their first diamonds and are coming to Zagreb, are Jamaica’s competitor in the 400m hurdles Kaliese Spencer and excellent Cuban triple jumper Yargelis Savigne.
Diamond League winners who will be competing in Zagreb:
Tyson Gay (100 m)
Bershawn Jackson (400 m hurdles)
Dwight Phillips (long jump)
Christian Cantwell (shot put)
Kaliese Spencer (400 m hurdles)
Blanka Vlasic (high jump)
Yargelis Savigne (triple jump)