The Hanžeković Memorial IAAF World Challenge is an accredited athletics event which is held in Zagreb and features world-class track and field stars. First held in 1951, the event started out as a local meeting but as quickly as 1958 started to attract top names in world athletics. It now forms part of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Grand Prix event. The meeting is named after Boris Hanžeković, a multi-talented local athletics hero. Last year’s event featured Jamaica’s Asafa Powell triumphing in the 100 metres, Canadian Aaron Brown taking home the 200-metre title and local favourite Sandra Perković on top spot on the podium in the discus.
Helpful information about the Hanžeković Memorial IAAF World Challenge
The 67th Hanžeković Memorial will take place in September 2017 at the 5000-capacity Sportski Park Mladost Stadium in Zagreb. Entry to the event is free on both days. Keep an eye on the official website to see which athletes are planning to complete in the 2017 event. If you’re planning to attend the World Challenge, fly to Zagreb International Airport which is located in the district of Pleso and which has direct flights from London. If you’re staying in Zagreb for more than a few days, it may be worth your while purchasing a Zagreb Card from the Tourist Information Office. The card offers reduced prices on public transport and at museums and restaurants.
This international athletics event takes its name from Boris Hanžeković, a Zagreb student who became known for his athletics prowess at various track distances. He triumphed at the 100, 200 and 400 metres as well as in relays. During World War II, Hanžeković was sent to a concentration camp for refusing to run for the independent state and he perished during an escape attempt. He became a national hero and the event is now usually referred to simply as ‘Hanžek’.
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To find out more information about the event, please go to the official website where you’ll be able to check the event dates, find out directions for the venue and see the results of previous years’ meetings.
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