There will be 17 events on the programme of the IWCH Zagreb 2018 – 68th Hanžeković Memorial.
Men will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m (national), 800m, 1500m and 110m hurdles, long jump, pole vault, shot put and discus throw. Women’s events will include the 100m, 400m and 3000m, as well as 100m and 400m hurdles, triple jump (national) and discus throw.
A look at the event status (A and B) clearly shows what the highlights of this year’s Hanžeković Memorial will be.
The shot put event, the 4th Ivan Ivančić Memorial, will take place in the field by the City Fountains on 3 September. The shot put is currently the strongest and most competitive men’s event. Three shot putters threw over 22 metres and as many as fourteen of them over 21 metres by mid-June. Among the latter are also Croatia’s Stipe Žunić and Filip Mihaljević.
As only World Champion Tom Walsh and Olympic Champion Ryan Crouser won the event by the fountains in the past four years, and the Meeting Record is 22.28 m, it is clear what competition we can expect again. The World champion Tom Walsh and the European champion Michal Haratyk already confirmed appearance.
Both men’s and women’s sprint events will be strong as usual, and the 100m and 110m hurdles (the Boris Hanžeković Memorial Race) the strongest possible with Pascale Martinot-Lagarde, Sergey Shubenkov and Balazs Baji on 110 hurdles and Ramil Guliyev, Aaron Brown and Alonso Edwards on 200 meters.
And, of course, the discus throw with the unique Sandra Perković. Last year, she threw a record of 70.83, a great gift to the Zagreb Meeting. What the two-time Olympic Champion has prepared for this year, we will see in Mladost Stadium on 4 September 2018.