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Golden Gala Pietro Mennea 2014

Golden Gala Pietro Mennea 2014

The Golden Gala is an international track and field event held every year at Rome’s Olympic Stadium. It was begun in 1980 and since 2013 has been dedicated to the memory of Pietro Mennea. It is the fourth round of the IAAF Diamond League series, the international athletics circuit which debuted on 9 May in Doha.

On 5 June the Olympic Stadium will host the 34th edition of the meeting and boasts the participation of Olympic, World and European title holders.

There will be 18 races divided into 9 men’s events and 9 women’s events. The men’s events will be the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, high jump, triple jump and discus. The women’s events will be: 100m, 800m, 5000m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, pole vault, triple jump, shot put and javelin.

The list of participating athletes includes eight London 2012 Olympic medallists and eleven Moscow 2013 World medallists.

The most keenly awaited event will be the men’s high jump, which will see Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov, Ukrainian world champion Bohdan Bondarenko, Canadian Derek Drouin, Qatarian Mutaz Essa Barshim, Russians Silnov, Tsiplakov and Dmitrik, as well as the Italian Marco Fassinotti, vying for the title.

Other famous athletes include the North American Justin Gatlin(World silver and Olympic bronze in the men’s 100m)and the Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Olympic champion in the women’s 100m). Also racing will be Ethiopian champion Genzebe Dibaba (in the 5000m), Kenyan Asbel Kiprop (World champion in the 1500m) and Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi (World champion of the 3000m hurdles).

The list of participants at this year’s event also includes such champions as Lashawn Merrit (USA, 400m, sprint 2013), Christian Taylor (USA, Olympic triple jump champion), Robert Harting (London and Moscow discus gold), Sally Pearson (Australia, 100m hurdles Olympic gold), Valerie Adams (New Zealand, shot put leader).

Apart from Marco Fassinotti, the Italians taking part this year will be Daniele Greco (Fiamme Oro, triple jump), Fabrizio Schembri (Carabinieri, triple jump), Veronica Borsi (Fiamme Gialle, 100m hurdles), Giordano Benedetti (Fiamme Gialle, 800m), Hannes Kirchler (Carabinieri, discus), Yadisleidy Pedroso (Cus Pisa Atletica Cascina, 400m hurdles), Simona La Mantia (Fiamme Gialle, triple jump) and Chiara Rosa (Fiamme Azzurre, shot put).

For this occasion take advantage of all of the benefits and special offers by Hotel Zone, the hotel nestled in a park just a short distance from the Olympic Stadium in Rome, and near the Eno-z restaurant.

You can also stay up to date with the events schedule, real time results, news, photographs and the categories with a special app available from the Apple Store and Play Store.

This post is also available in: Italian

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