Pål Haugen Lillefosse - photo: Bildbyrån

Press release Trond Mohn Games 2023

Hope the local stars will shine. The organizer of Saturday's Trond Mohn Games in Bergen, which this year is a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting, hopes that local stars will shine in competition with the other Norwegian and international profiles.

Because the local organizer has built up much of the meeting around the city's biggest athletics name.


Women's hammer throw is one of these events, and perhaps the highlight of the meeting. Beatrice Nedberge Llano gets a great visit at home. First and foremost, by American World Champion Brooke Andersen, who is number one at the world rankings and recently became the third woman in history to throw over 80 metres. She brings with her, among others, fellow countrywoman Alyssa Wilson (ranked seven in the world), Danish Katrine Koch Jacobsen (12) and Canadian Jillan Weir (17).

The men's hammer throw competition also has a very strong starting field; where Norwegian Eivind Henriksen and Thomas Mardal, among others, meet Hungarian Bence Halasz and Greek Christos Frantzekakis.


In the men's pole vault, another home hope, Pål Haugen Lillefosse, makes his outdoor season debut. After seeing Sondre Guttormsen both become European indoor champion and the first Norwegian over six metres, he is probably hungry to fight back. American Cody Waters and Finnish Urho Kujanpää are on paper the strongest competitors.


Sven Martin Skagestad is another local thrower and hopes this year to get back over the 65-metre mark. Five men in the discus field have over 65 meters as a personal best, and American Sam Mathis has already thrown 67.49 this year. Another exciting start is Iceland's Gudni Valur Gudnason.


The Para World Championships in Paris in July is the big goal of the year for local Paralympic winner Salum Kashafali, and of course he will show off in his hometown in a separate para race over 100 metres.


In the triple jump for women, the home hope Rachel Ombeni, with a recent personal record of 13.28, really gets to compete against, among others, Israeli Hanna Minenko, who is ranked thirteenth in the world.


In the men's shot put, Ukrainian Roman Kokoshko is at the head of a field where five men have personal bests over 21 metres. Kokoshko was third in this winter's European indoors, where home hope Marcus Thomsen was sixth.


Of other exercises we can mention:


The Finnish 2022 European champion, Topi Raitanen, is competing in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase. He meets, among others, Italian Ala Zoghlami, Swedish Emil Blomberg, Spanish Victor Ruiz and the Norwegians Jacob Boutera and Tom Erling Kårbø - who were all in the European Championships final last year.


Ingar Bratseth-Kiplesund makes his season debut on Norwegian soil after improving the Norwegian distance record to 8.22 in Botswana earlier this spring.


800 meters for women where Norwegian Hedda Hynne makes her annual debut against, among others, Swedish Lovisa Lindh and German Majtie Kolberg.


800 meters for men with one of the year's big names in Norwegian athletics, Tobias Grønstad, against, among others, the 1.44 runners Jamie Webb from Great Britain and Joseph Deng from Australia and EC semi-finalist from last summer; Abedin Mujezinovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina


The men's 3000 meters is built around Norwegian runners such as Narve Gilje Nordås, Filip Ingebrigtsen, Ferdinand Kvan Edman, Magnus Tuv Myhre and Zerei Kbrom Mezngi, supplemented by a number of runners in the 7.40s.


And with Norwegian eyes, we keep an extra eye on the young and upcoming Henriette Jæger in the 300 meters and Andrea Rooth in the 100 meter hurdles.

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