The 73rd edition of the presitgious ISTAF Berlin kicks off Sunday afternoon in the German capital with Lions’ athletes Melissa Bishop and Sultana Frizell set to comepete against some of the world’s best.
Bishop will be the first to compete when she steps onto the famous blue track in the iconic Olympic Stadium at 3:55 pm local time for the women’s 800m. Melissa, who set a new club record in the 1000m last week in Amsterdam before spending a week training in Leuven, Belgium, enters the competition with a seasonal best of 1:59.70 to rank fifth on the start list. The top class field is headlined by Belarussian Maryna Arzamasova and former world champion Janet Jepkosgei of Kenya.
A little less than an hour later, Commonwealth Games champion Sultana Frizell takes to the field in the hammer throw. With the meeting in Berlin featuring on the IAAF World Hammer Challenge Series, the startlist is rich with top flight competition, including the current and former world record holders, Betty Heidler of Germany and Anita Wlordcyzk of Poland. Frizell enters the competition ranked fourth with her Canadian record throw of 75.73m set earlier this year.
Live results from Berlin can be found here.