New Opportunities In The Professional Meet Department

(COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF OREGON)

IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE we asked, “Will New Meets Pump New Life Into The U.S. Calendar?” That was our positive analysis of the creation of the American Track League series indoors and the 7-meet Pro Track Series outdoors.

The latter is scheduled to have meets on May 14–15 (Los Angeles), 29 (Portland) & 31 (Des Moines), June 05 (Nashville), July 10 & 17 (both LA) and August 14 (Memphis). But the revamping of the high-end calendar, both nationally and internationally, didn’t end there.


USATF Creates Journey To Gold Series

More good news for American pros came with USATF’s early-March announcement https://www.usatf.org/news/2021/usatf-announces-2021-journey-to-gold-tokyo-outdoor of the creation of a new 11-meet “Journey To Gold — Tokyo” series. All the meets have been awarded Continental Tour status by WA ( *** = Gold; ** = Silver; * = Bronze):

April — 03 USATF Sprint Summit** (Prairie View, Texas), 10 Miramar Invitational** (Miramar, Florida), 24 Drake Relays** (Des Moines, Iowa) & USATF Grand Prix Oregon Relays*** (Eugene, Oregon);
May — 09 USATF Golden Games/Distance Open*** (Walnut, California), 18 USATF Open* (Ft. Worth, Texas), 22 USATF Throws Festival** (Tucson, Arizona), 23 adidas Boost Boston Games*** (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 USATF Invitational** (Prairie View, Texas), 29 Chula Vista Field Festival* (Chula Vista, California);
June — 06 USATF Showcase** (Prairie View, Texas)

“Competing on their home soil in the leadup to Tokyo affords our athletes a great opportunity for success,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Additional outdoor meets this year bolster our competition calendar and we look forward to seeing athletes competing again after such a challenging year.”

Said WA head Seb Coe, “These will provide new and vital competition opportunities and prize money for athletes and strengthen our sport both in the USA and internationally. We believe the expanded U.S. calendar is an early legacy of the decision to take our flagship event, the World Athletics Championships, to Oregon in 2022, and we are confident there will be further legacies to come.”


WA’s Continental Tour Expands Greatly

Right behind the Diamond League in WA’s hierarchy of invitational meets (“one-day meetings” in Monaco’s parlance) is the Continental Tour. In early March, many new fixtures were added, with the result that the ’21 version became scheduled to consist of 85 meets — an increase from 57 last year. Not all 85 have been clarified yet, but here are the 76 fixtures as of our publication date in 3 layers of quality: 14 in the Gold category, 17 Silver & 45 Bronze.

Continental Tour Gold
April
24 USATF GP Oregon Relays Eugene, Oregon
May
09 Ready Steady Tokyo Tokyo, Japan
USATF Golden Games Walnut, California
11 2021 CT Nanjing, China
19 Golden Spike Ostrava, Czech Republic
23 adidas Boost Boston Games Boston, Massachusetts
June
05 Racers adidas GP Kingston, Jamaica
06 FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands
08 Nurmi Games Turku, Finland
30 Szewińska Memorial Bydgoszcz, Poland
July
06 Gyulai Memorial Székesfehérvár, Hungary
September
05 Skolimowska Memorial Chorzów, Poland
14 Memorial Hanžekovića Zagreb, Croatia
18 Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya
Continental Tour Silver
March
27 Queensland Track Classic Brisbane, Australia
April
03 USATF Sprint Summit Prairie View, Texas
10 Miramar Invitational Miramar, Florida
24 Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa
May
08 Jamaica International Kingston, Jamaica
22 USATF Throws Fest Tucson, Arizona
25 USATF Festival Prairie View, Texas
28–29 New Life Invitational Nassau, Bahamas
June
02 Women’s Gala Filothéi, Greece
P-T-S Meeting Šamorín, Slovakia
06 USATF Showcase Prairie View, Texas
11 Meeting Madrid 2021 Madrid, Spain
20 Kusociński Memorial Chorzów, Poland
29 Spitzen Leichtathletik Lucerne, Switzerland
July
01 Gala dei Castelli Bellinzona, Switzerland
August
31 Palio Cittá della Quercia Rovereto, Italy
September
12 ISTAF Berlin, Germany
Continental Tour Bronze
February
06 International Christchurch, New Zealand
27 Douglas International Auckland, New Zealand
March
11 Track Classic Canberra, Australia
13 Track Classic Sydney, Australia
April
24 International Gaborone, Botswana
29 Oda Memorial Hiroshima, Japan
May
03 Shizuoka International Fukuroi, Japan
05 Kinami Memorial Osaka, Japan
15 Halle Throws Halle, Germany
18 USATF Open Ft. Worth, Texas
19 Street Vault Athens, Greece
21 Anhalt 2021 Dessau, Germany
22 Papafléssia Kalamáta, Greece
le Grand Caraïbe Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe
Meeting Paraiso Interior Andújar, Spain
23 Pentecost Sport Meeting Rehlingen, Germany
29 Field Festival Chula Vista, California
30 Venizelia Chanía, Crete
June
01 Meeting International Montreuil, France
02 Friidrott GP Gothenburg, Sweden
03 Meeting Iberoamericano Huelva, Spain
05 Hungarian GP Series Tatabánya, Hungary
06 Challenge Cup Niigata, Japan
07 Odložil Memorial Prague, Czech Republic
08 Copenhagen Athletics Games Copenhagen, Denmark
09 Meeting International Marseille, France
12 AthletiCAGenève-EAP Geneva, Switzerland
13 Sollentuna GP Sollentuna, Sweden
15 Kladensky Memorial Kladno, Czech Republic
19 Pompey Invitational Leonora, Guyana
19–20 Qosanov Memorial Almaty, Kazakhstan
24 Mohn Games Bergen, Norway
26 Kuortane Games Kuortane, Finland
27 #True Athletics Classics Leverkusen, Germany
29 La Classique Montréal, Quebec
30 Meeting International Liège, Belgium
July
03 KBC Nacht van den Atletiek Heusden-Zolder, Netherlands
Maltese Islands GP Marsa, Malta
05 Meeting Stanislas Nancy Tomblaine, France
07 Karlstad GP Karlstad, Sweden
11 Meeting Città di Padova Padua, Italy
Meeting International Sotteville-Rouen, France
August
21 CITIUS Meeting Bern, Switzerland
24 Hungarian GP Series Budapest, Hungary
September
05 Urban Athletics Düsseldorf, Germany

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