12th Int. Golden Roof Challenge
A breathtaking athletic spectacle in Innsbruck's old town!
The International Golden Roof Challenge - one of the world’s most prestigious in-city events – sparkled with athletic stars once again beneath the city’s symbolic Golden Roof shingles.
The competition was the second tour stop of this year's Golden Fly Series – following its huge success in the Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro, when 25 million TV viewers saw the competition live on TV. The three times Olympic city of Innsbruck, the "Home of the Golden Fly Series" offered the visiting athletes and fans excellent weather conditions to perform at their best. Thousands of fans surrounded the FlySwat to watch the world’s elite perform before their eyes, listening to the hot musical rhythms to match the temperature.
The pole vault and long jump events were performed in the now traditional crossfire format, and the meet’s long jump record, held since 2010 by Indoor Champion Ignisious Gaisah, was equalled by German "Blade Jumper" Markus Rehm, who conjured up an excellent jump of 8.18m, stressing his strong desire to compete in the Olympic Games. Second place went to Ruswil Samia (RSA) with a creditable 7.95 m ahead of Emiliano Lisa (URU) with 7.89 m.
The Women's Long Jump was filled with suspense and finally won by Lynique Prinsloo (RSA) who jumped 6.37 m ahead of Eliane Martins (BRA) 6.35 m and Nina Djordjevic (SLO) who marked 6.34m.
The women’s pole vault competition was also well-received. Here Asian women’s record holder Li Ling (CHN) jumped 4.40 to win. 2nd place went to the first 16-year old youth world record Lisa Gunnarsson (SWE) with 4.20m ex aequo with the Belgian record holder Chloe Henry.
The men's pole vault competition saw in Slovenia’s U23 European champion Robert Renner win with 5.45m. Second place went also with 5.45 m was Vice European Champion Jérôme Clavier and third place went to Junior World Champion Axel Chapelle (both FRA).
pictures: PHOTO PLOHE