DUPLANTIS CONFIRMS GOLDEN SPIKE 2023!
The main star of the 62nd Golden Spike Ostrava will be the main attraction of current world of athletics. Flying jumper Armand Mondo Duplantis. He has found a place in his busy calendar of meetings for Tuesday 27 June at the Municipal Stadium in Ostrava. The meet thus continues the trend of offering the absolute best names in the sport. The 23-year-old Athlete of the Year 2020 and 2022 pushed the limits of human possibilities to 621 outdoors and 620 indoors. He is the reigning Olympic champion, world champion, European champion. Furthermore, the indoor world champion and European champion. He has 41 starts of 6 meters performance or more. He started the 2023 indoor season with a great jump of 610 and three attempts of 622. He has never started so high in any other year. He has made himself heard that he wants to break records in every start. That also means Ostrava could realistically see the first six-meter performance of its history. Duplantis had his debut in Ostrava in 2021 when he won with 590 cm. Kendricks' meet record of 593 cm should be broken this time.
"Hallo Ostrava, happy to come back after 2021. I really like the stadium and the nice atmosphere which makes me motivated. Lets get that meet record and possibly attack six meters. The 2023 is very important for me with World championships but also to show my results and enjoy every competition. So I hope your fans will give the right support and we will have all together great fun,” says Duplantis for the Czech fans.
Preparations for the 62nd Golden Spike Ostrava World Athletics Continental Tour Gold are in good speed and more names will be announced in coming weeks.
The meet director Jan Železný is traditionally preparing his charges to make the Golden Spike Ostrava one of the highlights of the season. That is why we can look forward to the participation of Olympic, World Championship and European Championship medallist Jakub Vadlejch and World Championship and European Championship finalist Nikola Ogrodnikova. Among the world stars, Ostrava can count on world champion Anderson Peters from Grenada, who improved to 93.07 and will defend this year's first place. In the women's category, the best Japanese athlete of today, Haruka Kitaguchi (66.00), bronze medallist at the World Championships and winner of the DL meetings in Paris and Poland, will be in action. Interestingly, Kitaguchi is coached by Czech coach David Sekerák and she spends most of the summer season in Domažlice, western part of the country.
Golden Spike with Ostrava athletics
Since 2002, so for 20 years now, Zlatá tretra Ostrava has been in its "golden" period and is one of the best meetings in the world with the participation of world stars and worldwide TV ratings. Its influence has been decisive for the development of athletics in Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region. In terms of infrastructure, coaching and overall interest in athletics from the youngest to the oldest. Activities are covered by SSK Vítkovice and the Regional Athletic Academy KAAO.
The special ticket price continues until the end of February.
Other tribunes: 50 CZK
Main stand A: 1000 CZK
The popular children's (oldest 11 years) Chocolate Spike is also in the pipeline. It will traditionally have its finale on 27th June with a great atmosphere just before the opening ceremony of the main programme of the meet. It will be preceded by preliminary rounds in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and international semi-finals.
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