DKB-ISTAF with first top names
The opening leg of last IAAF Golden League year on June 14 in Berlin announced first four international stars.
The DKB-ISTAF will see at blue track of Olympic Stadium favorites in golden events who can fight for one million jackpot. Russian Pole Vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva will open her summer season in Berlin and is certainly ready to win all six golden meetings. Ethiopian running star Kenenisa Bekele who will open at 1500 m in Hengelo on June 1 is scheduled to run the 5000 m in Berlin and so make first step in his quest for the jackpot.
The same goes for another Olympic winner from Beijing Norway?s javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen. He started the season already with a world leading win in Doha. US Sanya Richards is another confirmed name for the 400 m. In 2007 she got half of the jackpot together with Isinbayeva. She lost her first 400 m in Jamaica against Novlene Williams but in the time of Berlin meeting should be in shape.
Already before announced was the participation of top German athlete, the European indoor high jump champion Ariane Friedrich. Highly possible is her duel with world champion Blanka Vlasic who recently jumped world leading 205 in Doha. As the organisers are saying in a release Vlasic agent Harald Edletzberger apologized for critical words against Berlin organisers in dispute over appearance fees. Meeting director Gerhard Janetzky added: “We will be happy to welcome Blanka again in Olympic Stadium.”