Olympic 100m Champion, Marcell Jacobs will make his return of defending his 60m title at the Orlen Cup Lodz which is a World Athletics indoor tour silver level, that will be held on February 4,2023 in Lodz, Poland.
The reigning European 100m champion will open his Indoor season against a tough line up that includes the 2019 100m relay champion, Mike Rodgers – who beat Jacobs in this meeting two years ago before finishing second last year – and the 2019 European Indoor Championships Bronze medallist, Joris Van Gool from the Netherlands.
Rodgers holds a personal best of 6.48 seconds that he got at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2011 while Van Gool has a life time best of 6.61 seconds that he got last year in his home town.
The 27 year-old last year won this race with a time of 6.49 as he went on to win the gold at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade where he set a European record of 6.41 to win the 60m title.
This year’s edition of the Orlen Cup will be particularly special for the organisers after the last two events were staged behind closed doors due to coronavirus pandemic.
“This year we are opening up to the fans, we can sell tickets again and invite them to the stands of the Atlas Arena. I hope that, as before the pandemic, they will support athletes in large numbers,” said Lech Leszczyński, president of the Lodz Athletics Association and vice-president of Polish Athletics Federation.
Four days after winning 100m at the International Castiglione Athletics, the World Athletics Continental Challenge tour in Italy, Africa 100m record holder Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala will be the key highlight at the 24 Internationales Leichtathletik Meeting, the World Athletics Continental bronze Tour in Germany.
Dubbed the Anhalt event, Omanyala, who doubled at last Sunday in Italy, will be lining up in the 100m with the best time of 9.77.
The national 100m record holder said he will be using the event as part of his training for the senior Africa Athletics championships that will be held in Mauritius next month.
Speaking exclusively to athletics News from his base in German, Omanyala said, “Well, using these races as training to keep me active as I prepare for the African championship in less than 3 weeks to come,”.
He added that he will be using the race as fun time in the Germany city.
“This will be part of fun in this City. This is fun as I move around the world,” he added.
The Kenyan, who enjoys the fastest time according to the start list at 9.99, will be up against the 2019 African U20 champion, Enoch Adegoke from Nigeria who comes to this race with a lifetime best of 9.98, Italy based Sri Lankan National and South Asia Record holder in 200m, Yupun Abeykoon of 10.09 and PSD Bank 60m Indoor champion Julian Wagner from German who comes with a personal best of 10.11.
Other title contenders include Slovenia’s Jan Volko who holds a personal best of 10.13, Denmark’s Kojo Musah of 10.14, Joris Van Gool from the Netherlands with 10.17 and Briton Jeriel Quainoo of 10.26.