European Athletics Partner Mondo will have another of the continent’s top athletics events staged on one of its tracks after the announcement last week that the European Athletics Team Championships Super League will return to Poland next year with the Slaski Stadium in Silesia being the venue.
The European Athletics Team Championships Super League joins the European Athletics Indoor Championships, the European Athletics U18 and U20 Championships as well as the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games as major events which will be held on Mondo tracks in the next 12 months.
The Slaski Stadium has a Mondo Sportflex Super X 720 track that was laid down in 2017, which has features similar to other Mondo surfaces which were used for the last two World Athletics Championships as well as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Common attributes include the same backing track with hexagonal air cells deform in three dimensions to guarantee an unparalleled combination of shock absorption, energy storage and return which reduces an athlete’s fatigue and risk injury.
Like all Mondo track surfaces, the Sportflex Super X 720 has GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certification, making it arguably the most environmentally friendly and sustainable track available on the market for stadium architects and managers.
The Slaski Stadium has been the home of most of Poland’s leading one-day meetings since it had a new track installed just over three years ago, and the stadium underwent other renovations.
The Janusz Kusocinski and Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meetings have been staged in Chorzow in recent years and the stadium will also host next year’s World Athletics Relays on 1-2 May, four weeks ahead of the European Athletics Team Championships Super League on 29-30 May.
On the allocation of the 2021 European Athletics Team Championships, Marshal of the Silesian region Jakub CheÅ‚stowski commented: “This is more proof the potential of our stadium is appreciated by athletes and the people responsible for selecting the best venues for the competition.”
One man who can fully appreciate the qualities of the Slaski Stadium’s Mondo surface, and will be hoping to make a return next summer, is German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter, who marked his two outings there this summer with spectacular performances.
In his first appearance ever in the stadium on 25 August, at the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial meeting, the 2017 world champion and European Athlete of the Year twice threw 90 metres or better at the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Meeting and finished with a winning distance of 90.86m.
On his return less than two weeks later, this time for the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial on 6 September, Vetter added more than three metres to his lifetime best and German national record when he launched his implement out to a massive 97.76m in the third round.
It was the second longest throw in history with the current specification and for good measure in the next round he had another outstanding effort which was measured at 94.84m, a mark which has only ever been surpassed by the Czech world record holder Jan Zelezny and Vetter himself.