The world's greatest shot putters, including the world record holder Ryan Crouser, will compete on 6 August at the Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial - the historical first ever Diamond League meeting in Poland. With 20 days to go, we are also proud to announce the participation of the 100 metre sprint champions. - After his gold in Eugene, Fred Kerley will be even faster here - was the hope expressed by the Silesian voivodeship assembly chairman Jakub Chełstowski. The list of major stars coming to the Memorial is getting longer by the day.
At the World Championships in Eugene, new athletics stars are born every day. The competition also confirms the status of the ones the fans are already familiar with. That was the case with the men's shot put final, in which the audience favourite was - understandably - the Oregon native Ryan Crouser. Each time the world record holder entered the circle in Hayward Field, the fans in the stands would forget everything else going on in the stadium. He is the king of the event - the man who reached the historic mark of 23.37 in the same stadium last year. He has now added a world title to his resume, missing the 23-metre line by just a few centimetres. – He is on a different planet - said Piotr Małachowski, sports director of the Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, who follows the World Championships from the stands. - Watching him perform is the greatest of pleasures, as his rivals can confirm. That is the best measure of quality. That quality can be seen on 6 August in the Silesian Stadium. The American is already the meeting record holder, but after seeing what he did in Eugene, I am sure that mark does not reflect his full potential. It is a ticking bomb, ready to explode at any moment - said chairman Jakub Chełstowski, filled with excitement.
It is just the first of the major names announced for the shot put. The achievements such as Crouser's gain in significance when they come in a competition against top rivals. – That is why this year in the Silesian Stadium Ryan will face Poland's best, Konrad Bukowiecki and Michał Haratyk. But as everyone who saw the World Championships will know, the number two in the world is now Joe Kovacs. You might not have seen it on tv, but in warmup he reached beyond the world record line twice. Tom Walsh is also getting close to 23 metres. All of them will be coming to our meeting - said Małachowski.
The list of top names is getting even longer, as the world champion shot putter Chase Ealey has confirmed her participation in the Kamila Memorial. The blue track of the Witches' Cauldron will also witness a re-match between the top 100 metre specialists. The World Championships runner-up Trayvon Brommell will be keen to prove a point against Fred Kerley, after losing to him in Hayward Field.
– The latter is now the king of the sprint. His finał run was not spectacular in terms of time, but his result of 9.79 in the heats is an amazing achievement. Brommell is chasing him on the world lists, too and will be eager to take his revenge. Our track is a fast one, conducive to great results in running events - Chełstowski stated.
Also coming to Silesia with medals from Eugene will be the Polish hammer throwers, whose participation in the Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial had been announced earlier. They will be facing the bronze medalist Eivind Henriksen. Paweł Fajdek has now taken his fifth consecutive title. All the medals he has won at this level are gold ones, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has twice as many of them. One of the greatest names of this year's Memorial triumphed again in the 100 metres final on Sunday. In the process, she set a new World Championships record, taking it to 10.67. There is more excitement to come in Eugene - we are awaiting the pole vault showdown, featuring Armand Duplantis, who has already been confirmed for the competition in Silesia. There are also more big names to be announced for our Diamond League meeting on 6 August. The Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, a Diamond League meeting, starts off at 4 PM on 6 August. The pre-programme kicks off at 1:30 PM and the gates open at noon. Entry into the stadium will be free of charge.