Saturday, 10 September 2016
Venue: “Kapitelplatz”, Salzburg, Austria
World class pole vaulting at a fabulous city environment | UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
Event starts at 2:00 pm with kids and youth athletics
Elite athlete competition starts at 6:30 pm
Entry is free.
The world cultural heritage city of Salzburg, Austria, gets ready for a world class pole vault competition in the very heart of town on Saturday, 10 September. Salzburg Cityjump brings a spectacular athletics event to historic “Kapitelplatz” for third time after 2013 and 2015. Jan Kudlicka from the Czech Republic, silver medallist at the European Championships in Amsterdam and fourth at the Olympics in Rio, leads an exciting line-up that includes Olympic finalist Michal Balner, world youth record holder Emmanuel Karalis from Greece, former European Junior Champion Eirik Dolve from Norway as well as national champions Luke Cutts (GBR) and Mark Hollis (USA). Some 5,000 visitors are expected to cheer on the highflyers in a fabulous city arena and enjoy athletics action in close proximity to the main actors.
The event has gained much significance in 2015, when world record holder Renaud Lavillenie stunned the fans with a 5.93 m clearance on Salzburg’s urban stage in support of young Austrian pole vaulter Kira Grünberg who was left quadriplegic after an accident in training. This year’s jumping festival shows an exciting quality field with a mix of well-established athletes and the future stars of the sport.
Three-time Olympic finalist Jan Kudlicka has to be the favourite at the Salzburg Cityjump. The 28-year-old Czech won silver at the European Championships in Amsterdam in July and came close to the Olympic podium in Rio where he finished fourth. The bronze medallist of the World Indoor Championships and European Championships 2014 performs exceptionally well at city events. Earlier this year he equalled his personal best and Czech national record of 5.83 m at the Prague Pole Vault meet on famous Wenceslas Square. This ranks him number five in the world in 2016.
His compatriot Michal Balner earned an excellent seventh place at the Olympic Games in Rio, the same position he got at the World Championships in Beijing 2015. Two days before his 34th birthday he hopes to show his very best in Salzburg.
Both, Mark Hollis (USA) and Luke Cutts (GBR), feature personal bests of 5.83 m and could be a challenge to the Czech jumpers. Cutts is fully motivated after his first Olympic appearance in Rio. He came 22nd in qualification and certainly wants to do better at next year’s World Championships on home ground in London. The 28-year-old has performed strongly in Austria this year in June when he took second place at the Lentos Jump in Linz with 5.61 m. The silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games 2014 and the European U23 Championships 2009 set a British national indoor record of 5.83 m in 2014. A year before he has quit his work as an overnight laborer in a lorry depot to focus on pole vault. Mark Hollis, a three-time national champion of the USA, cleared 5.70 m this season and hopes to get closer to his best he set in 2014.
Some of the most promising talents of the circuit will show their skills in Salzburg. All eyes will be on world youth record holder Emmanuel Karalis of Greece. He is still only 16 years and has jumped 5.55 m. The future looks bright for the current European U18 champion and the Bronze medallist from last year’s World Youth Championships.
Eirik Dolve from Norway looks to add another strong performance at a major city event to his list. The 21-year-old set his personal best of 5.66 m in Prague at Wenceslas Square in June for second place behind the winner Jan Kudlicka. The Scandinavian won European Junior Championships in 2013 and has made good progress year after year.
Hendrik Gruber, Bronze medallist at the World University Games 2009 with a personal best of 5.75 m, leads a German squad at the Salzburg Cityjump.
Mareks Arents of Latvia knows the vibes and excitement of the event very well as he finished second on countback at the premiere edition in 2013. After a successful season with a sixth place at the European Championships in Amsterdam and Olympic participation in Rio he hopes to be among the top contenders in Salzburg again.
The mobile track (“The FlySwat”) used at the Salzburg Cityjump is fully in accordance with IAAF rules. Results are eligible for world rankings and records of all kind.
Full list of participants to be announced.
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