Caster Semenya clocks fifth fastest 1,000 m during Robert Harting’s farewell party
Caster Semenya produced another extraordinary result at the 77th ISTAF in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. A year after breaking the world best for the 600 m the South African stormed to the fifth fastest time in history in the 1,000 m. Running without pacemakers Semenya clocked a world lead and South African record of 2:30.70 minutes. There was a national record for the women’s mile winner as well: Portugal’s Marta Pen Freitas ran 4:22.45. At the end of the meeting Berlin’s Robert Harting was in the focus: 45,500 spectators celebrated one of the most successful German athletes of all time. In his farewell competition Robert Harting finished second with 64.95 m. The ISTAF is part of the IAAF World Challenge Series.
Eleven European Champions at Berlin’s ISTAF, Caster Semenya returns, farewell for Robert Harting and Kim Collins
Eleven European Champions will return to Berlin for Germany’s major athletics meeting on Sunday: The ISTAF will see its 77th edition in the Olympic Stadium, which was the venue of the continental championships earlier in August. An athlete who produced the stand-out performance at the ISTAF a year ago will also return to the German capital. Caster Semenya ran a world-best for 600 m in 2017 and now features in the 1,000 m, an event where ISTAF made history back in 1990. Two athletics stars will end their careers on Sunday in the Olympic Stadium: Kim Collins and local hero Robert Harting. The ISTAF is part of the IAAF World Challenge Series.
European Champions return to the Olympic Stadium for global challenge
All Germany’s six European champions will be returning to Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the ISTAF meeting on September 2. Among the opposition for Gesa Krause, Christin Hussong, Malaika Mihambo, Mateusz Przybylko, Thomas Röhler and Arthur Abele will be not only European competitors but rivals worldwide. This end of season meeting brings a particular challenge for these European champions in front of their home fans culminating in what should be a memorable farewell for the discus star Robert Harting. The Berlin athlete will be making his final competitive appearance in the Olympic Stadium, choosing the 77th edition of ISTAF, part of the IAAF World Challenge Series, to bring the curtain down on his career.
Caster Semenya breaks 600 m world best at ISTAF
Caster Semenya crowned the 76th edition of the ISTAF in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium with a world best in the 600 m. The South African ran 1:21.77, improving the former 20 year-old mark from Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot by almost one second. A meeting record was established by Kenya’s Norah Tanui who took the 3,000 m Steeplechase in 9:03.70. Second-placed Gesa Krause ran a German record with 9:11.85. Another highlight was the men’s Javelin. Germany’s World Champion Johannes Vetter won with 89.85 m. 42,500 spectators watched the events of the ISTAF, which belongs to the IAAF World Challenge Series.
Fabian Hambüchen and Kristina Vogel at the ISTAF
As ambassadors of the Bridgestone campaign Chase Your Dream, No Matter What, Olympic champions Fabian Hambüchen and Kristina Vogel will be present at the Olympic Stadium Berlin on August 27th 2017.