26.05.2022 | Twenty Four Olympic Medals from Tokyo, the last big names will compete in the 100m hurdles: an Olympic winner and a world champion
The list of stars appearing at the 61st Golden Spike Ostrava closed 5 days before the start of the event. Athletes who have won a total of 24 Olympic medals in Tokyo will appear at the start. They will include three really big names: Gianmarco Tamberi, Miltiadis Tentoglou and Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and the legendary Allyson Felix of Poland won the gold medal in relay race. Of course, the Czech medallists Jakub Vadlejch and Vítězslav Veselý must not be missing.

Camacho-Quinn and Ali

In 100m hurdles, we are looking forward to an attack on Sharika Nelvis' meet record of 12.55 set in 2015.  It will be challenged by Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico. Jasmine set her personal best of 12.26 and has achieved a time of under 12.40 another 5 times in her career. This year, she has already recorded the time of 12.39. On the other hand, Nia Ali won the world title in 2019. Her lifetime best is 12.34 and she has already clocked 12.59 this year after her second maternity leave. Considering that Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper and world indoor champion Cyrena Samba-Mayela will also appear at the start, the hurdles will sure be a sprinter's highlight of the Golden Spike event. This will also be a challenge for  Czech number one Helena Jiranová.

Those already registered

Those already registered include Gianmarco Tamberi, Johannes Vetter, Miltiadis Tentoglou, Joe Kovacs, Tom Walsh, Femke Bol, Megan Tapper and Tina Šutej,  the officially fastest sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya and legendary Yohan Blake, as well as prominent sprinters Patryk Dobek, Nijel Amos and Amel Tuka. Lamecha Girma for the steeple race. The Czech Republic will be represented by top athletes Jakub Vadlejch, Vítězslav Veselý, Barbora Špotáková, Nikol Ogrodníková, Radek Juška, Tomáš Staněk, Amálie Švábíková and others. International javelin throwers including Anderson Peters, Keshorn Walcott, Olympic champion Sara Kolak and Olympic silver medallist Maria Andrejczyk.  Last but not least Allyson Felix and great Polish quarter-milers.

Tickets continue to be sold in presale and both the organisers and top world athletes are looking forward to full stands on 31 May from 5 p.m. As in 2021, all races will be broadcast to fans in 140 countries worldwide.   When the details and preparations of Golden Spike Ostrava were being fine-tuned and finalized, Chocolate Spike Slovakia and Chocolate Spike Czechia were taking place. The latter one concluded  in Ostrava on 26th May. Therefore, all participants of the international semi-final will be known today. The semi-final will take place one day before the Golden Spike and the final right during the Golden Spike Ostrava event.

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