Athletics Bridge

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Athletics Bridge
Date Late August – early September
Location Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia Slovakia
Event type Track and field
Established 2003
Official site Atletický Most

The Athletics Bridge (Slovak: Atletický Most) is an annual track and field meeting which takes place at the Mestský štadión in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia. As one of the European Athletics Outdoor Classic Meetings, it is typically among of the last competitions held in the European summer track and field circuit.[1]

The meeting was first held in 2003 and started life in Banská Bystrica, another Slovakian city. Taking inspiration from the IAAF Golden League, the organising committee (headed by Milan Hort) set about creating their own national version. Consisting of a two-day "double meet", it mirrored the jackpot format with 250,000 Slovak Crowns being divided up between athletes who won an event on both days.[2] The first edition mainly attracted Slovakian, Hungarian and Ukraine athletes, but the second gained European Athletics status and expanded to include other Europeans and African athletes. The following two years saw top level athletes compete, with eight World Championships medallists taking part in 2005, and ten medallists from the 2006 European Athletics Championships being in attendance the next year.[3]

The Athletics Bridge meet was beset with financial difficulties in 2007 and as a result the Dubnica nad Váhom-based Atletický Klub Spartak Dubnica decided to take on the organisation of the meeting from then onwards.[3] Changing to the more traditional one-day meeting format, it became allied with the Euro Meetings group and Hort remained as the meet director, with Alfons Juck serving as the competition manager.[4] A wide variety of top-level athletes were present that year (including Roman Sebrle, Dayron Robles, Yargelis Savigne, Koji Murofushi and Ezekiel Kemboi) and the event attracted around 3700 people (the highest ever for an athletics event in Dubnica). In 2008, fourteen medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics entered the competition. Olympic gold medallist in the 110 metres hurdles, Dayron Robles, provided the meet highlight with a run of 12.95 seconds despite a strong headwind. Around 6000 people saw the meet in 2009 and the 2010 edition was host to a Slovakian record through Lucia Klocová's run of 4:08.86 minutes in the 1500 metres.[3] Cementing its position as Slovakia's foremost one-day athletics meet, some 17 world championship medallists were present in 2011.

Meet records[edit]

Meet records are as follows:

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.01 (0.0 m/s) Nesta Carter  Jamaica 26 August 2012 [5]
200 m 20.59 Steve Mullings  Jamaica 6 September 2009 [6]
400 m 45.75 LaShawn Merritt  United States 15 September 2011 [7]
600 m 1:17.10 Tamás Kazi  Hungary 21 August 2013 [8]
800 m 1:45.82 Edwin Melly  Kenya 26 August 2012 [9]
1000 m 2:17.08 Abraham Rotich  Kenya 26 August 2012 [10]
5000 m 14:52.60 Miroslav Vanko  Slovakia 16 September 2007 [11]
110 m hurdles 12.95 Dayron Robles  Cuba 2008 [3]
3000 m steeplechase 8:12.27 min Bernard Mbugua  Kenya 15 September 2011 [6]
High jump 2.33 m Derek Drouin  Canada 21 August 2013 [12]
Pole vault 5.68 m Jan Kudlička  Czech Republic 21 August 2013 [13]
Shot put 21.61 m Christian Cantwell  United States 2006 [3]
Hammer throw 82.53 m Ivan Tsikhan  Belarus 2005 [3]
Javelin throw 81.20 m Ainars Kovals  Latvia 2005 [3]
3000 m walk 11:00.68 Antón Kučmín  Slovakia 21 August 2013 [14]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 11.17 (-0.7 m/s) Schillonie Calvert  Jamaica 15 September 2011 [7]
200 m 22.91 LaVerne Jones-Ferrette  United States Virgin Islands 6 September 2009 [15]
400 m 50.77 Olesya Krasnomovets  Russia 2005 [3]
800 m 2:00.88 min Yuliya Rusanova  Russia 15 September 2011 [7]
1000 m 2:38.48 Brenda Martinez  United States 26 August 2012 [16]
1500 m 4:26.51 Élodie Olivares  France 16 September 2007 [11]
100 m hurdles 12.95 (+1.4 m/s) Queen Harrison  United States 21 August 2013 [17]
400 m hurdles 59.38 Miriam Hrdlicková  Slovakia 16 September 2007 [11]
2000 m steeplechase 6:16.95 Milcah Chemos  Kenya 21 August 2013 [18]
3000 m steeplechase 9:30.82 Lydia Chepkurui  Kenya 26 August 2012 [19]
High jump 1.97 m Svetlana Shkolina  Russia 26 August 2012 [20]
Pole vault 4.50 m Jiřina Ptáčníková  Czech Republic 15 September 2011 [7]
Long jump 6.64 m Jana Velďáková  Slovakia 16 September 2007 [11]
Triple jump 14.65 m Yargelis Savigne  Cuba 16 September 2007 [11]
Shot put 20.83 m Valerie Adams  New Zealand 15 September 2011 [7]
Hammer throw 78.22 m Anita Włodarczyk  Poland 21 August 2013 [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Athletics Outdoor Meetings". EAA. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Lysenko leads the field for ‘Athletics Bridge’. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-09-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h History Athletics Bridge (Slovak). Atletika Dubnica. Retrieved on 2011-09-17.
  4. ^ 2007 Athletics Bridge. Euro Meetings. Retrieved on 2011-09-17.
  5. ^ "Seven meet records fall in Dubnica". IAAF. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Records of meetings, Athletics Bridge website, accessed 23 September 2011
  7. ^ a b c d e "Athletics Bridge 2011 Complete Results". www.atletikadubnica.sk. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Seven meet records fall in Dubnica". IAAF. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Seven meet records fall in Dubnica". IAAF. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Athletics Bridge 2007 Complete Results". www.atletikadubnica.sk. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Athletics Bridge 2009 Complete Results". www.atletikadubnica.sk. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Athletics Bridge 2012 Complete Results". EAA. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Seven meet records fall in Dubnica". IAAF. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Seven meet records fall in Dubnica". IAAF. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Athletic Bridge 2013 Results". EAA. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 

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