The Internationales Stadionfest in Berlin (ISTAF) has produced many a sensation in its 90-year history and has now added two more to its honour role – Germany’s quickest women Cindy Roleder and Gesa Felicitas Krause! With their medals in the World Athletics Championships in Peking they were the talk of their disciplines. And both women will be in Berlin’s Olympic stadium on 6th September 2015 for the 74th edition of the ISTAF.
On Friday, two days after Gesa Felicitas Krause took the bronze medal over 3,000 metres steeplechase, Cindy Roleder sped down the track to grab silver in the 100m hurdles. The two medals are the first to be awarded to German runners in a World Championships in 14 years! The last was the silver medal won by Ingo Schultz over 400 metres. The two women both had to pull personal bests out of the bag on their way to fighting off their world-class rivals. Gesa Felicitas Krause (Frankfurt) reduced her personal best to 9:19.25 minutes while Cindy Roleder (Leipzig) shaved 21 hundredths off her best time from 2014, clocking 12.59 seconds over 100 metres hurdles. Both are now looking forward to the ISTAF and some great performances are expected.
Gesa Felicitas Krause: „Well, I’m a little drained at the end of a long season and having just come from the World Championships, but I’d still love to set a new German record for the great crowd at the ISTAF, competing in the 2,000 metres steeplechase. It was me who set the current record of 6:15.52 minutes. I’m delighted that the ISTAF is giving me the chance and has included the shortened steeplechase in the programme specially. It’s going to be a smashing race!”
Meeting Director Martin Seeber: „When Gesa told us she wanted to do the 2,000m steeplechase we didn’t mess about. The two athletes have done amazingly well and it’s the least we can do to pull out all the stops in return. We’re really pleased to be welcoming Gesa and Cindy to the ISTAF alongside Christina Schwanitz, David Storl and Raphael Holzdeppe.”