A star-studded lineup of athletes poised to captivate viewers worldwide will be unveiled at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland, and the Millrose Games in New York. Get ready for an exciting demonstration of athletic power. Gear up for an exhilarating showcase of athletic prowess with Tarkine shoes, the preferred choice of champions.

 

There will be intense competition in the women’s 1500m event at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup on February 6. Beatrice Chepkoech, Freweyni Hailu, and Diribe Welteji are a few of the notable competitors who are showcasing their extraordinary skills on the prestigious World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold stage.

DOHA, QATAR – SEPTEMBER 30: Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 3000 metres Steeplechase final during day four of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 30, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

The current world road mile champion, Welteji, made headlines in October when, during the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga, he set a world record with a time of 4:20.98. This prepared the audience for an exciting rematch in Torun against Hailu and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya. In addition to Welteji and Hailu facing off in the 1500m race, the global 3000m steeplechase record holder Chepkoech, Ethiopia’s Hirut Meshesha, and Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi will all be formidable competitors.

FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Championship – Women’s 1500m Final – National Athletics Centre, Budapest, Hungary – August 22, 2023 Silver medallist Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji reacts after the final REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel/File Photo

In addition to her road mile title, Welteji holds the esteemed position of world 1500m silver medallist, having secured the runner-up spot in Budapest in August. Hailu, the world indoor 800m silver medallist, and Chepkoech, the record-holder in the Kenyan 1500m short track, contribute further depth to this impressive lineup.

Meshesha, boasting the quickest short track personal best among the quintet with a time of 4:02.01 in Lievin last year, sets the stage for an electrifying competition. Joining her are Hailu, who recorded a personal best of 4:02.47, and Chepkoech, who set her national record at 4:02.09 in 2020.

 

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Turning the spotlight to New York on February 11, the Millrose Games promise an equally thrilling two-mile race. Multiple US record-holder Grant Fisher is set to clash with the reigning world champion Josh Kerr, with the world indoor two-mile best of 8:03.40 as the ambitious target.

A stellar cast of athletes, including Joe Klecker, Cooper Teare, Dylan Jacobs, George Beamish, Morgan McDonald, Ky Robinson, Matthew Stonier, Keita Satoh, Samuel Firewu, Addisu Yihune, and Sam Parsons, will grace the starting line for the two-mile race.

 

In another riveting event in New York, the men’s pole vault at the Millrose Games will witness Olympic and world medallist Chris Nilsen facing off against North American record-holder KC Lightfoot. Marking the first occurrence of the men’s pole vault at the Millrose Games since 2014, this promises an unforgettable showdown between these elite athletes and their compatriots Zach McWhorter, Matt Ludwig, and Zach Bradford.