This afternoon was an official training session where athletes could try the track and sectors to race at the main stadium.
One of the first athletes who came to main stadium was a Russian hurdeler Sergei Shubenkov. The man who has a complete collection of medals from the world championships has good memories of Ostrava. In 2011 he won the 110 metres hurdles race at the European Championships under the age of 22 here. This year he will defend his victory from previous Continental Cup 2014 in Marrakech. In fact, he could also endanger the historic maximum of this competition, which is held by legendary American Allen Johnson at 12.96. In this season, Shubenkov ran faster. In Székesféhervár he emproved his personal best on 12.92 and losinng only 0,01 s of European record to his captain Collin Jackson. He Also showed great form in the Diamond league final in Brussels last week, where he won at 12.97. But his way for the defense titul will not be easy. His greatest rivals should be Jamaican Ronald Levy (PB 13.05) and his team mate Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who defeated Shubenkov at the European Championship in Berlín.
Record of the Continental Cup can also be attacked in a male pole vault competition. Four athletes, who will compete in this event have personal best´s over six metres. The current rekord is 595 and his holder is Steven Hooker form Australia. World champion a last season unbeaten American Sam Kendrics has season best 596 centimetres. Kendrics competed in Ostrava a few month back at Golden spike and took second place. In this time, he would like to win, but he will have strong rivals. One of them is indoor world record holder a legend of this discipline Renaud Lavillenie from France, who won Continental Cup 2014 in Marrakesh. Best season mark has silver medalist from European Championships in Berlin and fresh winner of Diamond League Timor Morgunov, who improved his personal best to six metrech. One of the favourites will be world champion form 2015 Shawn Barber from Canada too.