The 71st Boris Hanžeković Memorial – a Continental Tour Gold meeting – was presented at a press conference in Zagreb.
Meeting Director Robert Šola said that 11 Olympic champions, 7 world champions and 16 Olympic medallists from Tokyo had already confirmed their participation in the meeting.
New Meeting Manager Alfons Juck presented three sprint events and mentioned the main stars:
110 m hurdles (M): Hansle Parchment, Tokyo Olympic champion, Ronald Levy, Tokyo bronze medallist, Devon Allen, who finished fourth in Tokyo;
100 m (M): Trayvon Bromell, ranked first in the world – 9.77, Ronnie Baker, Olympic finalist – 9.83, Ferdinand Omurwa – 9.86;
200 m (F): Christine Mboma, Tokyo Olympic silver medallist, Shericka Jackson, Tokyo bronze medallist in the 100m and gold medallist in the 4x100m, Marileidy Paulino, Tokyo silver medallist in the 400 m.
Tokyo Olympics shot put champion Ryan Crouser and 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment addressed the media via video messages.
“I’m super excited for Zagreb 2021. It’s one of my favourite meets in the world, I love the fans and the venue by the fountains and, of course, the fire. I’m excited with the season full of thrills. Hopefully I can get a personal best in Zagreb, which would also be a new world record. I’m excited to come to Zagreb, it’s my favourite meet and I’m looking forward to it!” the Zagreb Meeting record holder Crouser said.
“I will appear in Zagreb, where the 110m hurdles is a very special event and I am very much looking forward to it”, Parchment added.
Croatian discus thrower Marija Tolj did not rest after returning from the Tokyo Olympics:
“I know what my competitors are like, but I always only think about myself and think that my discus should fly over 60 metres. As for the duel between Allman and Perković, I never bet, but if I did, I would bet on Sandra.”
Filip Mihaljević finished third at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, behind Crouser and Walsh. All the world’s best shot putters will be at the venue by the Zagreb city fountains on 13 September.
“I’m not saying it because this is the Boris Hanžeković Memorial press conference, but shot putters talk about Zagreb the most, they say that competing and winning by the Zagreb fountains is their favourite thing. I trust that I will also be throwing over 21 metres by the fountains.”