IAAF Grand Prix 2000 underway tomorrow in Melbourne 29 meetings for seven months of Athletics thrills.
MONTE CARLO - Monaco - After a hard-earned winter break, the IAAF Grand Prix season is once again with us, with the first meeting of the Southern Hemisphere taking place tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. Tomorrow's meeting is an IAAF Grand Prix II and initiates a seven month long season that will include 29 meetings, ranging from Grand Prix II to Grand Prix I and the prestigious IAAF Golden League, and concluding with the IAAF Grand Prix Final, that will be held this year in Doha, Qatar on 5 October. In addition to the galaxy of home grown stars in the field, a fair number of leading overseas athletes will also compete in the first IAAF Grand Prix of the new millennium, including Russian veteran Irina Privalova (100m); Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand in the discus, Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) in the 1500m; Andrei Bucher from Swizerland in the men's 800m and William Chirchir and Noah Ngeny in the 1500m. As well as Australia's darling Cathy Freeman, local eyes will be watching 15 year-old Georgie Clarke, a gold medallist over 800m in the inaugural edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships last year and holder of the Australian all-comers record over 1500m, who will be facing the seasoned assault of O'Sullivan in tomorrow's race. The next edition of the IAAF Grand Prix will be on 24 March, with the Engen Grand Prix (IAAF Grand Prix II) in Pretoria, RSA. Results and reports from all IAAF Grand Prix Series events are published on the IAAF web site www.iaaf.org shortly after the meetings are over. For more information, please contact: The IAAF Media Department. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: +377 93 10 88 88 Fax: +377 93 25 53 84 ENDS