BERLIN, Germany (eme news) – Approximately 53,000 spectators are expected to turn out to see Yohan Blake in action at Sunday’s ISTAF Meet (IAAF World Challenge) in Olympic Stadium of Berlin
World champion Blake will run his second race in three days. He ran a personal best 9.82 to beat Asafa Powell in Zurich on Thursday.
Jamaica’s 4x100m relay silver winner Kerron Stewart is the top name in women’s 100m.
World 400m champion Kirani James, fresh from his Zurich Diamond League win on Thursday, will again be in action. He chases the world junior record of 43.87.
In the women 400m, Sanya Richards-Ross faces Antonina Krivoshapka of Russia while Caster Semenya returns to the place where she won the world title two years ago (with Janet Jepkosgei).
Daegu bronze winners – Dawn Harper (100m hurdles) and LJ Van Zyl (400m hurdles) – are the top hurdlers listed for the meet.
Dwight Phillips will be in long jump, Jesse Williams in high jump.
Meanwhile, when the gun sounds the start of the opening event on Sunday, it will mark a significant milestone not only in the history of the competition, but in the sport as well.
On Sunday, ISTAF, one of the world’s premiere one-day meetings, will celebrate its 90th birthday and its 70th edition.
“This is an exceptionally special year for ISTAF Berlin, a marvellous track and field meeting whose reputation and prestige far transcends Athletics and which across all sports is one of the world’s premier and most enduring competitions,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack.