A clash of the reigning women's World outdoor and indoor 800m championships will be but a sampling of dozens of intriguing head-to-head battles on tap at the DKB-ISTAF Berlin meeting in the German capital on Sunday 1 June, this year the kick-off of the six-meeting ÅF Golden League series.
Building on her slew of fast performances of recent years, Kenyan ace Janeth Jepkosgei disappointed no one at the World Championships in Osaka last summer with her scintillating gun-to-tape run, clocking a national record 1:56.04. Conversely, Australian Tamsyn Lewis utilised a different approach in her gold medal-winning run in Valencia in March. Choosing to follow, she waited for an opportunity to strike, and when it appeared, she took full advantage to pull off one of the biggest surprises of the indoor season.
Underscoring the significance of the face-off is that the women’s 800m is one of the designated ÅF Golden League events in which a share of the $1 Million ÅF Golden League Jackpot will be at stake. The pair of reigning World champions will face stiff competition at the series opening leg, including Spaniard Mayte Martinez, Ukrainians Tatyana Petlyuk and Yuliya Krevsun, Osaka finalist Svetlana Klyuka of Russia, and Jamaican standout Kenia Sinclair.