A number of events have been included in the Zatopek 10 2017 timetable to assist athletes prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. As part of a National competition program, Zatopek 10 will include an Open Mens and Womens 1500m and a Mens Shot Put. The National competition program aims to have at least two opportunities for elite and sub-elite athletes to compete and qualify for Gold Coast prior to the selection trial and National Open Championships in mid February 2018.
“This years program at Zatopek 10 has been changed to incorporate some Open invitation events for our NASS and Elite athletes preparing for April 2018. The traditional mens 800m has been changed to a 1500m after discussions with Athletics Australia High Performance. In addition we have a Mens Shot Put on the card so I’m hoping that NZ’s Tom Walsh might come and compete alongside Damien Birkenhead’ say AV CEO Glenn Turnor.
“Last time Tom competed at Zatopek he broke the then New Zealand Shot Put record but I am sure that he is also busy with his preparation for the Gold Coast’.
Turnor also confirmed that entries for the U20 Womens and Mens 3000m are attracting runners from Australia and beyond.
“I have been asked to approve entries for a number of athletes from the USA and New Zealand for the Zatopek card but there is again a lot of interest in the Junior 3000m which will be competitive to get a lane at this stage’.
The Mens and Womens 100 yards State Championships will open the program on Thursday 14th December at 6.30pm and there are still lanes available. For more information click on the following link ZATOPEK 10:2017