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Allyson Felix sets to star in Golden Gala 400m

10 July 2008
www.world-track.org

The men's javelin will be the opening act and first AF Golden League competition of the Golden Gala Kinder+Sport (Olympic Stadium, Friday July 11th, h:19,45). The American Allyson Felix will then be the awaited "wonder woman" of speed that surely will set her goal on a performance worthy of applauses.

Men's javelin

Tero Pitkamaki and Andreas Thorkildsen are two champions that represent javelin's history in the last years and also two of the brightest stars of the 2008 Golden Gala. The Norwegian has always won in the last couple of editions and also obtained the meeting record of 90,34 in 2006.

Anyhow this year the 2007 Osaka world champion Pitkamaki may be in the right physical condition to end Thorkildsen's lucky series of victories (this would be the third in a row) which would actually bring the Norwegian straight into the Meeting's Hall of Fame.

A young outsider, who may be able to disturb the challenge between the two champions, will be the Finn Tero Jarvenpaa who already proved to be a champion in Oslo by overcoming Pitkamaki with a throw that reached more than 86m. In that occasion the only one able do to better was Thorkildsen, who took revenge on Pitkamaki after losing against him in Berlin for only one centimetre.

It will be a spectacular opening act of the Golden Gala that because of it's not overlapping with the long jump competition will also guarantee that no accidents will be repeated again, like the one occurred last year in which the French Salim Sdiri was injured.

Women's 400m

The real star of the 400m show will definitely be the American 200m world champion Allyson Felix who is also a great athlete on the double distance. The American, after a brilliant performance in the 200m during the Eugene Olympic Trials, will try to reach once again in the 400m the time of 49,83 which she obtained last May in Doha placing herself at the top of the world seasonal ranking; another goal set by Felix will surely be to come close to her personal best of 49.70.

Fearful opponents in the competition will be the Jamaican Novlene Williams, bronze medallist at Osaka with a personal best of 49,66 and the revelation Amantle Montsho from Botswana who this year was able to bring her time down to 49,83. The American "team" will bring on track other relevant athletes such as Mary Wineberg, second place at the Trials with 50,85 and the young Natasha Hastings with a personal best of 49,84.

All of these ingredients will be valid motives for Felix to run fast and to reach a spectacular performance that will highlight the American's talent also in the 400m.



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