The AG Memorial Van Damme may as a finale of the IAAF Diamond League with only the best eight athletes of the last Diamond League season received. In addition, the organisation may have wildcards to hand out to athletes from their own country. With an excellent european CHAMPIONSHIPS, behind the back, gives the organisation 14 compatriots the opportunity to measure themselves with the world.
Belgium made a strong impression at the recent european CHAMPIONSHIPS in Berlin by a whopping 6 medals to steal. The Belgian Cheetahs, our 4×400 metres female team, handles just next to medals at their home race, but ran a fantastic race. All four of the ladies who go to the fourth place were will also be at the AG Memorial Van Damme in action. Cynthia Bolingo will the 200m contest, and Camille Laus goes for the 400m. Also Hanne Claes and Justien Grillet may be located with the top of the world measure, they will be the 400m hurdles run.
The unfortunate Renée Eyskens fell at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS during the series of 800m. In Brussels, they will get the possibility to still show what she has in her potential. Who knows to dive for them under two minutes.
Eline Berings came after an excellent season barely 5 milliseconds deficit for a finalist in Berlin and in Brussels revenge to take on the 100m hurdles. Ditto for Elise Vanderelst, who on her first european CHAMPIONSHIPS the final of the 1500m on a hair, missed.
The Belgian men got Elliott Creston a wildcard for the 800m and also in the springcompetities will our country are represented. Belgian champion Bram Ghuys should show in the high jump and Arnaud Art will be the Belgian record pole vault (5m72) attacks on the AG Memorial Van Damme.
And then of course there are still the Borlée brothers and ‘wonder woman’ Nafi Thiam. Their participation was already known. Kevin (silver) and Jonathan (bronze) ran at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS to individual success in the 400m. Together with their brother Dylan they run the 400m. Nafi Thiam was now also European champion and performs at the Memorial the field in the high jump.