The men’s throwing events and women's track events will take the spotlight at the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial in Chorzow on Tuesday (25) evening, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting.
Germany’s Johannes Vetter holds the world lead in the javelin at 91.49m from the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku and the 2017 world champion will be looking for his fifth successive victory this month.
The line-up for the men’s javelin also features leading Polish throwers Cyprian Mrzyglod and Marcin Krukowski - the latter is second on the 2020 European list behind Vetter with a season's best of 87.07m - as well as the Czech veteran Vitezslav Vesely, the 2013 world champion.
While Vetter begins as the resounding favourite for victory in the javelin, there is a very reasonable chance of home success in both the men’s shot put and men’s hammer.
Reigning European champion Michal Haratyk has been improving all through the month - 21.45m in Spala, 21.57m in Szczecin and 21.61m in Bydgoszcz - and he will be facing a strong continental field which includes Filip Mihaljevic from Croatia who holds the European lead at 21.69m.
In the hammer, four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek and European champion Wojciech Nowicki have dominated the event between them in recent seasons although European leader Bence Halasz from Hungary and the precocious Ukrainian teenager Myhaylo Kokhan are both capable of spoiling the Polish party in the event.
Nowicki, however, is expecting big throws not only from himself tonight but also from his long-time Polish teammate Fajdek. “The most important thing for me is the throwing technique. If everything plays out, tomorrow with Pawel Fajdek we will really throw far. The fans will not be disappointed,” he said.
Other field event highlights include the women’s long jump in which Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk will be looking for her second successive high profile win after triumphing in Stockholm on Sunday. In the pole vault, reigning two-time world champion Sam Kendricks from the United States faces Poland’s reigning European indoor champion Pawel Wojciechowski.
From a domestic standpoint, two of the track highlights will be the women’s 100m featuring reigning European indoor 60m champion Ewa Swoboda and the women’s 400m which includes reigning European outdoor champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic.
Swoboda is the third fastest on paper based on season’s bests with 11.24 behind Germany’s Tatjana Pinto (11.21) and Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot (11.16) while Swiety-Ersetic is competitive with world fourth-placer Wadeline Jonathas based on season’s bests. Jonathas has clocked 51.40 in 2020 to Swiety-Ersetic’s 51.69, although the Pole has run faster indoors in 2020 with 51.37.
On her goal for tonight’s race, Swoboda said: “This is not a season for breaking personal bests, but a time around 11.15 would fully satisfy me.
The programme also features two excellent 800m races. Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie will be aiming her third win in six days after triumphing over 1500m in Bydgoszcz and 800m in Stockholm while Poles Marcin Lewandowski and Adam Kszczot face strong international opposition from Kenya’s Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vasquez - third and fourth at the World Championships in Doha - along with Great Britain’s Jake Wightman and Spain’s European indoor champion Alvaro de Arriba.
In the 100m hurdles, Belarus’ European champion Elvira Herman goes head-to-head with Hungarian record-holder Luca Kozak who finished second in Szekesfehervar last week.
Up to 13,000 spectators will be allowed access to the Silesia Stadium. The event will also be streamed live on TVP Sport from 4.35pm local time.
Full start lists can be found here.