At the Boris Hanzekovic Memorial 2023 in Zagreb, leading athletes from the world delivered spectacular performances in the competition, which took place from Sept 8 to Sept 10, 2023. Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala dominated the men’s 100m race with a sensational timing of 9.94 seconds. Omanyala, who was also crowned the Commonwealth Games champion in 2022, is enjoying the best season of his career and will now be setting his sights at the upcoming Diamond League finals 2023 scheduled for next weekend in Eugene, Oregon. Jamaican sprinter and rising star, Oblique Seville, who recently placed fourth at the World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest, took the second spot by finishing in 10.07 seconds.
Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs from Italy came in close behind at third, clocking in at 10.08 seconds, as he neared the close of a season that has been affected by injuries. In the same event dominated by Ferdinand Omanyala, Brandon Carnes, who is the gold medalist at the Worlds in the 4 X 100m relay, finished in the fourth position with a time of 10.27 seconds, while Japan’s Abdul Hakim Sani Brown trailed right behind at 10.29 seconds. Carnes also showed his versatility by taking the second spot in the 200m race as he fell behind fellow American Kyree King who finished with a time of 20.10 seconds.
Other notable performers at the Boris Hanzekovic Memorial 2023
On the women’s side, Sandra Perkovic, the double world and Olympic champion, thrilled the local crowd by recording a season’s best throw of 67.71m in women’s discus, the same mark that she recorded twice. In the men’s discus throw, Slovenia’s Kristjan Ceh, who recently lost his world title to Daniel Stahl, made a strong comeback with a throw of 68.48m. Beatrice Chepkoech, who is Kenya’s former 3000m steeplechase world champion, established a new world record in the 2000m steeplechase. She finished in 5:47.42 and broke the previous mark of 5:52.80 set by Gesa Krause back in 2019. Chepkoech’s run was an emphatic finale to the last Continental Tour Gold athletics meet of the season.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who is Puerto Rico’s Olympic gold medalist, shattered the meeting record for the 100m hurdles with an impressive time of 12.47 seconds. Dominic Lobalu of South Sudan established a new meeting record in the men’s 3000m as he finished with a timing of 7:33.95. Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment, another Olympic champion, continued his strong form in the 110m hurdles, as he won with a timing of 13.13 seconds, defeating Daniel Roberts (13.15).
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