Traditionally collects the cream of the international atletiekwereld at the Memorial Van Damme, the valve of the Diamond League season, but after a crazy summer of sport, the Belgian athletes that Friday night a lot of fans at the King baudouin stadium will lure.
No less than nineteen compatriots take part in the various competitions, with Nafi Thiam as an absolute crowd puller. The newly crowned European champion on the internet takes part in the high jump. At the 400 metres will be the Belgian Tornados Jonathan Sacoor, Kevin and Dylan Borlée against each other. Jonathan Borlée had to finally default.
In total will there be in Brussels 12 olympic champions at the start, 16 European champions and 28 world champions. “I expect excellence”, had times proves that the belgacom Cédric Van Branteghem previously recorded. In the 100 metres is the watch for the American Ronnie Baker, who with 9.87 the fastest time of the season showed again.
In the pole vault in the men’s pockets, the three medalists of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS to Brussels. That means that the 18-year-old Swede Armand Duplantis, the 21-year old Russian Timur Morgunov, and the 31-year-old Frenchman Arnaud Lavillenie of the party, complemented with Sam Kendricks and Piotr Lisek. “A polsstokcompetitie a world cup final worthy”, was the organizers. According to some, this may even be the best polsstokwedstrijd ever be called. With five athletes over 6.00 metres went.
Also before and after the meeting, the show is taken care of. With traditional a live band after the meeting and for the first time a laser show. There is top-dj The Magician and the sterrenparade, in which the Belgian team put in the flowers. Not only the athletes, but also among more gymnast Nina Derwael. And there is a focus on the third place of the Red Devils at the world cup. It is the coach Roberto Martinez that the honours will perceive.
Times proves that the belgacom Cédric Van Branteghem expected great evening
Times proves that the belgacom Cédric Van Branteghem look with confidence to the 42nd edition of the Memorial Van Damme, which is Thursday in the King baudouin stadium takes place. “The athletes are here, with no fewer than sixteen European champions, twelve olympic champions and eight world champions. It looks like the weather will be good. I expect peak performance”, commented the 39 year old Gentenaar Thursday forward.
“Of course it is a great honour to have the final of the Diamond League. Myself I expect very much of the pole vault, with five athletes over six feet went. I also think that we need a very quick 100 metres will see. Ronnie Baker ran last week still had a world year best (9.87). The shot put at the Big Market is special. For the athletes, it is also quite an experience to be in such a frame in the league. The results of the Belgians, I see. With wildcards we have nineteen (after the excesses of Philip Milanov at the start. As a former 400 metres runner, I have special attention for that contest, with Kevin and Dylan Borlée Jonathan Sacoor.”
Because there are a lot of roadworks underway on the roads to Brussels calls Van Branteghem the public to be on time and if possible to use public transport. The last tickets for the Memorial are still to midnight online to obtain, and Friday at the ticket offices of the stadium.