Gesa Krause smashes 2,000 m Steeplechase world best at Berlin’s ISTAF
Three days after clocking a German steeplechase record in Zurich Gesa Krause thrilled the home crowd at the ISTAF in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium by smashing the world record in the 2,000 m Steeplechase. The 27 year-old clocked 5:52.80 for the distance. There was another very strong result that excited the home fans: The German 4x100 m women’s team took the relay with a world lead of 41.67 seconds. There were 40,500 spectators in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
Pole Vaulters Kendricks, Duplantis and Lisek among the early headliners for the ISTAF in Berlin
As the countdown continues for the World Championships in Doha at the end of September, the 78th edition of ISTAF, the world’s oldest track and field meeting, has outstanding talent on display as the organizers announced the competitors so far confirmed for Berlin’s Olympic stadium on Sunday, September 1. The ISTAF is an IAAF World Challenge Meeting.
Vivid memories of last year’s European Championships in Berlin should be revived in the men’s pole vault. Armand Duplantis of Sweden, now 19, cleared 6.05m to break the world junior record and the Championship record. Returning to the fray will be Piotr Lisek, having improved the Polish national record to 6.02m this season, eager to improve on his fourth place at those European Championships. Two more athletes who have cleared six metres will compete in what could be a fascinating dress rehearsal for the World Championships: Sam Kendricks, the reigning world champion and US record holder with a current world lead of 6.06m, and Timur Morgunov (Russia/Authorised Neutral Athlete). He took silver in the European Championships last year with a PB of 6.00m. The German challenge in the vault includes Torben Blech, this year’s World Student Games silver medallist and the 2013 World champion Raphael Holzdeppe
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.