A high quality line-up of international pole vaulters is ready to take off at the Salzburg Cityjump on Saturday, 10 September. Four Olympians including two finalists of the Games in Rio, the current world youth record holder, a former European junior champion and many national champions compete in the very centre of the UNESCO world cultural heritage city of Salzburg, Austria. The street event steps onto the historic urban space at “Kapitelplatz” for the third time after 2013 and 2015. Salzburg Cityjump has become highly popular with the public due to the combination of an exciting athletics competition with spectacular views and an up-to-date presentation for some 5,000 visitors.
Jan Kudlicka from the Czech Republic with a personal best of 5.83 m, silver medallist at the European Championships in Amsterdam and fourth at the Olympics in Rio, leads a field that includes Olympic finalist Michal Balner, world youth record holder Emmanuel Karalis from Greece, former European Junior Champion Eirik Dolve from Norway and three-time national champion Mark Hollis (USA). Twelve athletes from six countries take part in the competition. “Salzburg is a fantastic city event. It gives a lot of motivation jump here. I’m happy to be here after I’ve missed out last year’s event due to injury”, says Mareks Arents of Latvia, who was sixth at the European Championships this summer in Amsterdam and finished in second place at the premiere of the Salzburg Cityjump in 2013. “We are happy to welcome a big and strong field like this even it is the end of the season. Pole vault is extremely attractive, that’s why we want to bring it to an amazing public place here in historic Salzburg”, says event director Karin Walkner.
On paper Kudlicka is the overall favorite, and he is still in great shape. The Czech national record holder is fully motivated after a prestigious victory over Olympic Champion Thiago Braz da Silva at the Golden Fly Series in Liechtenstein on Thursday. Both athletes cleared 5.70 m on this occasion.
While the Austrian All Comers record of 5.93 m set by Renaud Lavillenie in last year’s Salzburg Cityjump may be out of reach, athletes are ready for a hard fought competition.
3rd Salzburg Cityjump
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 athletes competition starts at 6:30 pm
Entry is free.
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.