Throughout its history, spanning three decades, the Madrid Athletics Meeting has seen great figures from world athletics pass through its diverse stages. Such emblematic athletes as Said Aouita, Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses, Mike Powell, Michael Johnson or the pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, and the high jumper, Blanca Vlasic, have provided all athletics fans with great moments, great feats and scores.
The 37th edition of the Madrid Athletics Meeting will be held in August and will count on the presence of around 200 leading European and world athletes. This competition is part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings, second level of the world athletics circuit behind the Diamond League. It will mark the opening of the new Vallehermoso Stadium, which is back having been closed for three years.
It is the last meeting on the international calendar before the Spanish Championship, which will be held in La Nucía (Alicante) six days later. The Madrid Meeting 2019 boasts the Premium Permit seal granted by the European Federation (EA) to the continent’s major meetings, falls within the minimum period for the Doha World Championship, and will score points in the World Ranking to obtain places for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The competition will take place in the afternoon (exact timings pending confirmation) and will include the following events from the official programme:
Men: 100m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, High Jump, Triple Jump, and Javelin.
Women: 100, 400, 1500m, Long Jump and Pole Vault.
Therefore, this 2019 edition will be very special for all fans of this sport, who will be able to enjoy once again a new “santo y seña” installation for Spanish athletics, a brand new and fully conditioned facility for these modern times, based on a project developed in 2015, led by architect and former pole vaulter Alfonso Cano.