BERLIN — The ISTAF Berlin 2023 track and field meeting isn’t just another stop on the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver circuit. It’s a marquee event, a Sunday showdown featuring a number of track and field elites. Letesenbet Gidey, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Valarie Allman will all compete in Berlin on Sunday.
Letesenbet Gidey Chasing 5000m Record?
Letesenbet Gidey, the Ethiopian sensation who owns the 10,000m world record, is setting her sights on another accolade. She’s targeting the 14:05.20 world record in the women’s 5000m, a mark established by Faith Kipyegon in Paris this past June.
Breathing down her neck are formidable contenders like Great Britain’s Jessica Warner-Judd and Ethiopia’s own Aberash Minsewo. Not to be overlooked, Americans Karissa Schweizer and Allie Buchalski are also in the mix.
Today’s outing will see Schweizer making a season debut in the 5000m.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo Continues Comeback
Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Bahamian Olympic champion, continues her post-maternity comeback at the ISTAF Berlin 2023. After making her international re-entry at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last month, the standout sprinter will aim to build on that performance this weekend.
With Paris 2024 Olympic Games well on her radar, Miller-Uibo is eyeing a stronger performance in the women’s 400m on Sunday against a field that includes Norway’s up-and-comer Henriette Jaeger.
Meanwhile, USA’s Valarie Allman headlines the women’s discus throw field, and the Olympic gold medalist is slated to face off against Dutch standout Jorinde Van Klinken and a robust German contingent.
Pole Vault and Hurdles Showdown
In the men’s pole vault, it’s an all-American affair with KC Lightfoot, Sam Kendricks, and Chris Nilsen leading the way. They’ll be contending with Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines, adding an international flavor to the competition.
Elsewhere at the ISTAF Berlin 2023 track and field meeting, Danielle Williams, the world champion from Jamaica, is set to duel with her compatriot and Olympic bronze medalist Megan Tapper and USA’s Tia Jones in the women’s 100m hurdles.