DUPLANTIS CONFIRMS GOLDEN SPIKE 2023!
07. 02. 2023 | 11:05
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.
Bol and Girma break barriers in Ostrava
01. 06. 2022 | 17:04
When it comes to season openers it doesn’t get much better than breaking a world best and that’s exactly what Femke Bol did on her return to the Ostrava Golden Spike, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, on Tuesday (31).
Nia Ali likes a trophy, she hasn´t any like this
30. 05. 2022 | 17:13
The Puerto Rican hurdler surprised the world when topped the Tokyo Olympic Games podium and wants to rewrite the meeting record (12.55) in Ostrava. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn will test the Ostrava track for the first time in her career. 25-year-old two-time NCCA champion tops the world season list from April 16, while she clocked 12.39 in Gainesville, USA.
To break 90 meters was a big motivation
30. 05. 2022 | 16:23
Javelin throw is always one of the main attractions at the meeting directed by the world record holder Jan Železný. After the amazing silver medal in Tokyo, Czech Jakub Vadlejch feels potential to attack the podium on every major championship, but in Ostrava he has to pass through strong opposition of the reigning world champion Anderson Peters. 24-year-old thrower from Grenada won first Diamond League event of the year in Doha with fantastic personal best, National record and world lead mark of 93.07m.
Allyson Felix enjoys her last season
30. 05. 2022 | 16:06
Ostrava is not missing on the farewell tour of one of the major athletic stars nowadays. American sprinter Allyson Felix will say goodbye in her last start in Ostrava at her favourite 200m. Felix revealed her next plans, her busy schedule and expectations from this season.
Gianmarco Tamberi is looking forward for fans
30. 05. 2022 | 15:02
The Italian high jump star Gianmarco Tamberi returns to Ostrava for the third time to try to win his first crystal trophy. The Tokyo Olympic champion always likes to return to the Czech Republic and hopes for a huge support from the fans. Former world indoor and European champion has his fourth outdoor competitions in 2022 with season best of 225 which he isn’t satisfied with and will be try to improve in Ostrava to have more confidence preparing to the World Championships in Oregon.
Legend Felix replaces Mboma & Quality at 400 m
24. 05. 2022 | 22:10
The great legend of athletics, the American sprinter Allyson Felix, confirmed the start at the 200 m as part of the Jan Slanina Memorial. She introduced herself in Ostrava in 2014. She will also visit Golden Spike as part of a farewell tour in Europe. She has 11 Olympic medals, 8 gold. The most successful athlete in the history of the Olympic Games. She has 13 gold medals from the world championships. In the starting list, she will replace Christine Mboma from Namibia, who, after being injured at a meeting in Nairobi, has not yet reached a state where she can compete. Mboma's African representative will be Niger's recorder, Aminata Seyni, who has improved this year to 22.43.
Špotáková, Peters, 2xBlake, Girma – more star names
17. 05. 2022 | 13:57
The list of the 61st Golden Spike Ostrava assigns other star names for May 31 based on current events in the athletic world.
Other star names for Golden Spike
10. 05. 2022 | 09:00
The 61st edition of the Golden Spike Ostrava is adding other star names to the list of participants for Tuesday, May 31, also on the basis of current events.
Tentoglou, Vetter, Kovacs and return of women's hurdles sprint
03. 05. 2022 | 12:02
The 61st edition of the Golden Spike Ostrava is adding more star names to the list of participants for Tuesday, May 31.
KRATOCHVILOVA'S RECORD IN DANGER
26. 04. 2022 | 10:10
After Gianmarco Tamberi and Femke Bol, the third name comes to the 61st Golden Spike Ostrava on Tuesday, May 31, with the specific goal of changing the historical records of the event. It is only 18-year-old Christine Mbom from Namibia, who last year won silver at the Tokyo Olympics and gold at the 200m World Junior Championships. She pushed the African record and at the same time the junior world record to 21.78, when she won the DL final in Zurich. The goal is to attack the second oldest record of Golden Spike, 22.07 Jarmila Kratochvílová from 1981. She will be assisted only by a little older, but also 19-years-old junior Beatrice Masilingi from Namibia with a maximum of 22.18. She was sixth at the Olympics and won silver behind her compatriot at the World Junior Championships.
FEMKE BOL VS BEST TIME OF ALL TIME
19. 04. 2022 | 12:03
The second big foreign name, which should attract spectators at the 61st Golden Spike Ostrava, is the best European of all time at the 400 m hurdles. Dutchwoman Femke Bol. At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, she won the bronze medal in the European record of 52.03. In the indoor season, she improved on the 400 m to 50.30 and for the summer she is thinking about the World and European Championships. It is the start of the season that awaits her here and with coach Laurent Meuwly they will be tested at an unconventional distance of 300 m hurdles. Bol's performance really brings the possibility of an attack on the best time of all time 38.16 by Zuzana Hejnová from Cheb 2013. Bol has already tried it once in Ostrava in 2020 and she ran the second best time in history 38.55. It is Hejnová, but also the British champion Jessie Knight and the Slovak record holder Emma Zapletalová, who will also try fast times.
ITALIAN HIGH JUMP SHOW EXPECTED – JIMBO IS COMING
12. 04. 2022 | 12:01
The organizers started selling tickets some time ago and believe that after two years of pandemic measures, spectators will return in full to the City Stadium at the 61st Golden Spike Ostrava, part of WA Continental Tour Gold. It will be on Tuesday, May 31 with the main program from 5 p.m.
Top-tier athletics returns to New York for 2022 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold
23. 03. 2022 | 13:39
Meetings in New York and Bermuda have been added to the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series as part of a 12-strong calendar of events confirmed for the 2022 season.
Shot put star Staněk is looking forward to the fans at the stadium
18. 05. 2021 | 18:36
He managed to win the first European indoor gold in March. Afterwards, he left for the training camp in Africa and he continued improving of the personal bests before season. Czech shot put star Tomáš Staněk will stand in the circle of his first outdoor competition in this year.
Vetter want to trow over 90 meters
18. 05. 2021 | 18:14
Johannes Vetter won gold at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. His personal best of 97,76 m is the German record, and ranks him second on the overall list. Anderson Peters is the current World Champion. Both javelin throwers will be one of the main stars in Ostrava.
I fell in love with the 200 m, confessed the sprinting rising star
18. 05. 2021 | 16:06
The legend of the world women's sprint of the Netherlands, Dafne Schippers, ran twice in Ostrava and won twice. The two-time world champion will undoubtedly try to win the third crystal trophy this year. She is the only one in the 200 m starting field has a personal record of under 22 seconds. American Sha´Carri Richardson ran 22.11 this year and should be her biggest rival.
Ostrava has a special place on Taylor´s athletic map
18. 05. 2021 | 15:53
The best triple jumpers of these days are coming to Ostrava Golden Spike meeting to attack the actual meeting record of 17.57m set by Christian Taylor. The double Olympic champion Taylor wants to test his shape before Tokyo and bronze from Doha 2019 Zango does not want to stay aside.
Thanks to pandemics, he rediscovered his potential
18. 05. 2021 | 15:10
Ugandan long-distance runner and 2019 world champion in the 10,000 m. Joshua Cheptegei is the tenth man in history to hold the 5,000 m and 10,000 m world records concurrently, both set in 2020. Silver from the 2017 World Championships in London. He competes in Ostrava for the first time.
Mondo is able to jump 630 one day, said Sam Kendricks
18. 05. 2021 | 14:39
The world's best pole vaulter of today, Mondo Duplantis, will perform at the Ostrava Golden Spike for the first time in his career. He has already jumped 590 centimetres this season, but all fans believe that he will attack six meters in Ostrava. He has more than a great company here. It is the American record holder Sam Kendricks, who already knows the meeting in Ostrava very well.
I do not care about the rain. I am ready to win
17. 05. 2021 | 15:20
The Olympic winner from London 2012 and world champion from Daegu 2011 Kirani James was one of the first athletes to present his goals for this year's Ostrava Golden Spike. The great 400 m runner is looking forward to the race, regardless of the rainy weather. His goal is to win.
Spectators and new names
12. 05. 2021 | 22:40
For the 60th Ostrava Golden Spike meet (WACT Gold) on May 19, 10% of spectators capacity was approved. That means apart of worldwide television users, some 1500 spectators will be able to follow the meet in-person. The latest announcement confirms top triple jump duel of meet record holder legendary Christian Taylor in triple jump against World indoor record holder Fabrice Zango Hugues who just last weekend achieved 17.40 World lead. In men´s shot put local star and fresh European indoor champion from March Tomas Stanek will face the other two competitors from Torun podium, Poland´s Michal Haratyk and Croatian Filip Mihaljevic.
06. 05. 2021 | 21:00
Mondo Duplantis to debut in Czech Republic
The jubilee 60th Ostrava Golden Spike on May 19 will offer the best that is currently in world athletics, the flying Armand Mondo Duplantis, world recorder inside and outside. He will have its premiere in the Czech Republic. He was named World Athlete of the Year by the International Federation last year. If the conditions are right, we could see the first six-meter jump in the history of the meeting.
Wlodarczyk, Kendricks, T. Cheruiyot
29. 04. 2021 | 14:06
Two World champions from Doha also confirmed their participation. In men´s pole vault Sam Kendricks who is also the meet record holder with 593 in 2019. Doha gold medalist in the 1500 m Timothy Cheruiyot is entered in the 800 m. Here the meet record is 1:43.24 by Wilfried Bungei from 2003. His best is 1:43.11 from 2019.
Hammer legend Anita Wlodarczyk is also confirmed on her come back path after knee surgery.
From Czech stars confirmed are Pavel Maslak for 400 m, Jakub Holuša and Filip Sasinek in the 1500 m, Radek Juška in long jump and Simona Vrzalova in the 1500 m who is from local SSK Vitkovice club.
The meet recieved the exemption from ministry of health to stage the meet in current situation. Discussions about possible spectators are still beeing held.
More top names are planned to be announced at a press conference on May 6 in Ostrava Stadium.
Vetter for Ostrava
28. 04. 2021 | 11:30
After throwing a world lead of 91.50m in Offenburg on Saturday, Johannes Vetter confirmed his participation at the 60th Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on May 19. It is special possibility to try for good mark before the eyes of the meeting director and World record holder Jan Zelezny. "I have seldom felt as good after a competition as I did this time. That means the body has adapted well to the stresses and strains of training," he said after the competition. Vetter looks ahead of Ostrava: "Im very much looking forward to Ostrava and meet Zelezny again," said Vetter. Before he will still compete in Split early May at European Throwing Cup. He competed so far once at Golden Spike, was second back in 2017 with 87.88.