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  • Meeting voor Mon

    27 July 2024



    4 Meeting Records shattered in cracking 2023 Meeting voor Mon

    Unfortunately the weather conditions were chilly and the meeting was disturbed by some rain showers. Nevertheless 4 Meeting Records were broken. Cathelijn Peeters (NED) won the 400m in a PB of 51”73 which secured her a spot in the Dutch 4 x 400m quartet that became World Champions later that month in Budapest. Nicola Pöschlova (CZE) was a surprise winner of the Women’s Pole Vault that took place in an urban setting outside the stadium, in front of hundredths of spectators. She cruised over 4,42m (PB).

    Zita Goossens (BEL) broke the High Jump Meeting Record when she crossed the bar at 1,83m. The 4th and last Meeting Record was set by Cole Hocker (USA) who won the 3000m in prestigious 7’42”93. Hocker finished in 7th place in the 1500m World Championships in Budapest and became the World Indoor Silver Medallist on the same distance in 2024.

    Three times World and Olympic 800m finalist Natoya Goule launched an attack at the 1500m Meeting Record. Ideally paced by Mariska Damink (NED) the Jamaican dramatically slowed down in the final lap to win in decent 4’12”64, 5 seconds shy of the Meeting Record. Heptathlete Sophie Weissenberg (GER) showed up to adjust her marks in the 100m Hurdles and in the Long Jump, ahead of the WC where she finished in 7th place.

    In the Women’s 300m Helena Ponette (BEL) shattered her PB to win in 36”71, only 24 hundredths of a second outside the National Record that was set by Cynthia Bolingo in 2022 at the Meeting voor Mon. The Men’s 300m was a breathtaking duel between James Malik-King and Christian Iguacel. The Jamaican won in 33”02 ahead of the Belgian in 33”07 (PB).

    The local club could cheer the victories of Ben Broeders in the Men’s Pole Vault (5,70m) and from Hanne Claes in the 400m Hurdles (56”82). Both are National record holders in their event and took 7th and 5th (4x400m) places at the World Championships. Local club member Elien Vekemans came in second in the Pole Vault (4,32m) and joined her club mates at the WC.

    More Belgian wins came from Philip Milanov in the Discus Throw and from Jolien Boumkwo, who won both the Hammer Throw and the Shot Put.



    The Meeting voor Mon 2022 was of an exceptional standard. The Meeting score of 77250 points (World Athletics Scoring Tables) was the highest since 2015 and places the Meeting voor Mon at place 128 of all athletics meets worldwide (more than 1,000 ranked events). From a Belgian point of view, Cynthia Bolingo's (CABW) National Record and Meeting record over 300m (36"47) was a highlight, as was Robin Hendrix's (OEH) win in the 3000m (7'48"72).

    Further Meeting records fell in the 200m women (Georgina Adam GBR 22"92), in the 100m hurdles women (Maayke Tjin A-Lim NED 13"05) and in the 400m hurdles men (Seamus Derbyshire GBR 49"64).

    DCLA athlete Hanne Claes set the stadium ablaze with a win and Meeting record in the 400m hurdles in the women (55"23), a nice tribute to DCLA hurdles coach Theo Van Moer who passed away earlier this year and whose name was attached to this race. There were further DCLA wins for Bo Brasseur in the long jump (6.18m), for Karsten Claes in the javelin throw (57.07m) and for Edwin Nys in the discus throw (51.18m).

    At Hall 5, the traditional pole vault gala took place, which has grown into a prestigious Urban Event of the Meeting voor Mon. Lots of world top athletes competed in Blauwput, where Menno Vloon (NED) won the event with also Meeting record of no less than 5.82m.



    The meeting took place when the Olympic Games were not yet finished completely. Nevertheless Chad Wright (JAM), 9th at the Olympic Games, was present to win the Discus throwing competition. The main event of the day was the duel between Loic Lemaitre (FRA), bronze medal in Rio  Olympic Games and Onyewa Adigida (NL), European Junior Champion.

    The women competition noted a new Flanders Cup record on the 300m, with Evelien Saalberg (NL) finishing in 37’09. Vannessa Scaunet won the 1500m and Rani Baillevier was the best in the 800m event.

    A video-impression:

    Results - Individual results had to also conquer heavy and changing weather conditions (rare in this season)


    The 2019 edition of the ‘Meeting voor Mon’ was held on the 17th of August long before the WCh in Doha. Unfortunally the weather conditions were rather bad with front wind for the sprint and rain, which became stronger during the meet.

    The Jamaican Christofer Taylor ran an excellent 45.62 on 400m. This athlete was beaten by Jonathan Sacoor at the finale of the EC juniors. It was a pity, but there came no ‘rerun’, as the athlete of OEH choosed the200m. There was also a strong 13.80 of Finnish Elmo Lakka in the 110m hurdles and the 7.54.90 from the Italian Pietro Riva on 3.000m. In the field events Philip Milanov throwed the discus 64,14m far, beating the Jamaican Chad Wright (63,79m). His compatriot Ashinia Miller won the shot put with 18,65m. Despite the rain, Ben Broeders cleared 5,45m in the pole vault.

    The Canadian women were dominant in the 400m hurdles with Kelsey Balkwill (56.92) and Noelle Montcalm (57.16). Nora Ritzen from the Netherlands finished 3rd in 57.20. Nadia Power from Ireland showed her strength in the 800m with 2.02.39.



    The 2018 edition of the ‘Meeting voor Mon’ was held on the 4th of August just before the ECh in Berlin. On the one year old new track and in warm conditions Briton Kaie Chambers-Browne took the victory in the 100m with 10.34. He was one hundred of a second faster than local Andreas Vranken. Another Briton, Jamal Rhoden-Stevens, won the 400m in 46.83 in front of Julien Watrin and his 47.01. Due to the hot temperatures the 3.000m was held later that evening and that resulted in seven runners below eight minutes. Kenyan Joshpat Menjo was the best in 7.53.09. In the field events the Jamaican Chad Wright threw the discus at 63,82m. The Belgian Timothy Herman was the best javelin thrower with 75,90m preceding the Bulgarian Mark Slavov with 74,76m.

    In the women's event, Jamaican Yanique Haye preceded Axelle Dauwens with 56.40 in the 400m hurdles and her 57.81. Despite a -2.5m/s headwind, Sietske Lenchant landed at 12.58m in the triple jump. With the pole vault, local U18 athlete Elien Vekemans placed fourth thanks to her 4.06m.



    Due to the works for a new track surface and for the adaptations on the stadium for the throwing events, the 2017 edition of the ‘Meeting voor Mon’ was only held on the 19th of August after the WCh in London. Despite that, there were some excellent performances as the 7.55.41 of Kenyan Menjo Josphat Kiprono on the 3.000m or the 15.32.92 of his compatriot Pamela Cheprotich on 5.000m.

    Tony van Diepen of the Netherlands ran a PB of 46.43 in the 400m and Margareth Adeoye (GBR) stormed to 52.56. The Canadian Anthony Romaniw won the 800m in 1.47.34. The 400m hurdles saw a strong Noelle Montcalm, also Canadian, win in 56.47. In the men’s race Lucirio Garrido from Venezuela beat the local Tim Rummens with 3 hundreds: 50.50 against 50.53.

    In the pole vault, European u23-champion Ben Broeders from the organizing DCLA won with a clearance of 5,42m. The shot put went to the Dutchies with 17,58m for Melissa Boekelmans and 18,65m for Patrick Cronie.



    The 2016 edition of the ‘Meeting voor Mon’ saw an extraordinary 800m race, which let no less than 8 women run under 2.03. The Dutch athlete Sanne Verstegen won in 2.00.83. Another Dutchie, Femke Pluym, equalized the stadium record in the pole vault, jumping 4,40m.

    Two other stadium records were beaten in the women competitions. Paula Ratcliffe from New-Zealand had a great hammer throw of 70,12m and Manon Depuydt bettered her own time in the 300m to 37.95. The young Renée Eykens took another highlight by winning the 1.500m in 4.10.12.

    The only new stadium record in the men section came after a battle between two Dutchmen in the pole vault. Menno Vloon won it with 5,58m and Rutger Koppelaar finished second with 5,53m. The local fans saw an astonishing victory of Stijn Baeten in the ETOL-800m.



    The 2015 edition of the 'Meeting voor Mon' was an astonishing one, not only because of the strong Belgian record of Philip Milanov with 66m66 in the discus throw. But there were also a lot of other great performances as well as the first race with the three brothers Borlée in adjacent lanes. Due to the wind at the opposite side of the track the athletes couldn’t unfortunately find the right rhythm, but the finish was an stunning one. Kévin won the race in 45.79 in front of the Irishman Gregan, the Frenchman Anne and his brothers Jonathan and Dylan.

    Not less than seven stadium records were broken during this meeting. Philip Milanov got the most attention by improving his own record of 66m43 from the 26th april with 23cm. In the pole vault, the record of 4m15 was even beated three times and was brought eventually to 4m40 thanks to Rianna Galiart from the Netherlands. In that event Chloé Henry tried to clear 4m45, which should have been an new Belgian record.

    The other stadium records came on the track:

    Saoudi Ali Saad Almandeel ran 1.45.76 on 800m and in that race Jan Van Den Broeck became 5th with the best Belgian performance of the year of 1.46.74
    The Maroccan Sadik Mikhou realized – following the IAAF-tables – the best performance of the meeting in the 1.500m with a cracking 3.33.45, breaking the record of David Moorcroft

    In the 400m hurdles the Algerian Miloud Rahmani preceded Michael Bultheel in 49.70

    In de 200m Papaiannou from Cypus sprinted 23.19, just better than de qualifying standard for the WC in Beijing

    Michelle Jenneke ran 13.10 in the 100m hurdles; afterwards the Australian became 'the queen of the selfies', because nearly everyone wanted a picture with her.

    There was no stadium record in the 5.000m – Fernando Mamede got it a long time ago in 13.20.0 – but the Qatari Tarik Ahmed Alamri ran a strong 13.25.00. In the 110 hurdles only the thousands of a second could split the first two. The Canadian Sekou Kaba won from the Australian Nicolas Hough. They both got a time of 13.64. In the field events another Canadian, the young Timothy Hendry-Gallagher, was impressive with 19m35 in the shot put and de French girl Alexia Sedykh got her hammer at 66m42.



    Despite the following European Championships in Zürich a lot of athletes made their appearance in Kessel-Lo for this 20th edition and they bettered 6 stadium records.

    The head wind couldn’t stop the spinters in the 100m as the broke both records. The Jamaican Carrie Russel realised 11.47 and Adam Harris from Guyana 10.30.

    The German Pamela Dutkiewicz followed the example in the 100m hurdles with 13.30 and het British junior David Omorogie dashed an excellent 13.74 in the 110m hurdles.

    The stadium record of the 300m also fell thanks to the 39.31 of Manon Depuydt.

    Later on the evening the Irish Sara Treacy had an exuberant win in the 3.000m steeple with 9.47.92. With that performance she kicked Veerle Dejaeghere out of the record list of the Arena.

    In the field events the German Benedikt Stienen threw the discus 58,16m and that was the sixth record of the successful meeting.



    Local athlete Hanne Claes realized the best women performance of the 2013 edition by dazzling the 200m in 23.26 (+1,3m/s), beating the stadium record of Margaret Adeoye with 4 hundreds of a second and equaling her PB.

    Another stadium record fell thanks to Sven Mohsner in the hammer throwing. The German reached 71,01m and that was exactly one centimeter better than his compatriot and ‘habitué’ of the Meeting voor Mon, Benjamin Boruschewski.



    The edition 2012 of the ‘Meeting voor Mon’ took place on the hottest day of the year, which meant temperatures of more than 40° on the track. Therefore the long distance races were moved till later on the evening. It didn’t bother the American Kim Conley to set a world leading mark of 4.27.23 on the mile, beating Almensch Belete, who broke the Belgian record with her 4.28.11.

    Five other stadium records were beaten during the meeting:
    200m women: despite a headwind of 1,6m/s Margaret Odeoye (GBR) sprinted 23.30 beating Hanne Claes (23.66)
    400m women: Indira Terrero of Cuba steamed to 51.85
    Hamer women: de French girl Alexia Sedykh, who won silver at the recent WC for juniors, reached 67m98
    Mile men: James Brewer (GBR) cruised to 3.56.66
    Pole vault men: Robbert-Jan Jansen from the Netherlands added one centimeter to his own stadium record by clearing 5m48

    Other excellent performances came from the Canadian Melissa Bishop on 800m with 2.01.54, from the Ethiopian junior Aga Ruti with 15.20.84 on 5.000m and from the Ethiopian Dame Tasama with 7.50.60 on 3.000m.



    This edition of the Meeting for Mon saw Jonathan Borlée improve the national record for the 300m by exactly four tenths from 32.50 to 32.10, also the seventh European performance of all time. Needless to say, he pulverized the stadium record in the process. Other stadium records fell among the men:

    Ryan Fontenot ran the 110m hurdles in 13.60Robbert-Jan Janssen jumped 5.46m with the pole vault
    Julien Kapek cleared 16.49m in the triple jump

    Among the women, Almensch Belete in particular drew attention. The Ethiopian, who is likely to acquire Belgian nationality, improved in the 5,000m to 15.03.69 and that also marked a stadium record, in addition to the following:
    Johanna Dubois with 23.56 at 200
    Nancy Chepkwemboi ran to 4.07.63 in the 1,500m
    Naroa Aguirre exceeded 4.15m with the pole vault
    Nora Aida threw the javelin 57.77m far

    That meant a total of nine stadium records and of those, three were even Flanders Cup records: those of Jonathan Borlée , Almensch Belete and Nora Aida.

    In addition, the duel between Amy Mbacke Thiam and Muriel Hurtis was certainly to be seen at the 400m and LaTavia Thomas confirmed her victories in Gentbrugge and Ninove with a win at the 800m in the Athletics Arena: three out of three! At that distance, Irishman Mark English (what's in a name?) won in the men's with a national junior record of 1.47.09.

    But traditionally the Flemish athletes made their mark, as evidenced by the lucky bonuses, including a resembling one for athletes under 23. At DCLA, Tim Rummens shined with an impressive win in the second run of the 400m hurdles in a PR of 50.60 (the fourth time overall), as did Charlotte Debroux, who finished fifth of the 800m in a PR of 2.03.67. Both improved over-aged and still hand-stopped club records.



    Moving the Meeting for Mon to August proved to be a success, as never did so many foreigners participate. By the way, 13 (!) stadium records fell. Among the men, the following athletes took care of that:

    Oral Thompson beat Jonathan Borlée at 200m with 20.72
    Duane Solomon set 1.46.02 on 800m
    Yenew Alamirev's 7.46.11 at 3,000m saw seven other runners dip under 8 minutes, including Jeroen D'hoedt and Kim Ruell
    Dorian Scott became the first ever at the Flanders Cup to push the bullet past the 20m mark with 20.16m
    Mike Hazle threw the javelin 78.13m

    The women even managed to wipe seven stadium records off the tables. The list:
    Monica Hargrove sprinted to 52.33 at 400m
    Kenya Sinclair dipped under 2 minutes at 800m and also ran a Flanders Cup record with 1.59.43; behind her Charlotte Debroux finished in a PR of
    Esthete Shitaye was also the best of the FC at 5,000m with 15.15.79; a little further behind, Sandra Schenkel finished in 15.47.48
    Melinda Owen finished 4.11m with the pole vault
    Katia Demut reached 13.56m in the triple jump
    Natalia Duco finished 17.76m in the shot put (another FC record)
    Kathryn Mitchell reached 56.26m in the javelin throw



    Brenda Baar breaks Dutch National record in triple jump.

    Following athletes reached qualification limits for international competitions: Leon Koch (Nl, 1500m, EYOF), Jeroen D'Hoedt (B, 3000Steeple, EKJ), Andreas Van Ham (B, 1500, EKJ), Denis Goossens (B, Pole vault, EKU23) , Melanie Prudent (Fra, 5000m, EKU23)

    Stadium records for: Benjamin Boruchewski (Ger, Hammer, 71m), Denis Goossens (B, Pole vault, 5.35), Brenda Baar (Nl, triple jump, 12.99)



    Garcia Rosibel pushed the Belgian Athletes to new personal records, but still manages to win the 800m in 2.03.80.

    Kia Davis ran a stunning 400m race succeding in 53.50.

    The 800m and 1500m male races turned out to be tactical resulting in close finished won by Baloyi Onalenna (1.48.29) and Stephen Davis (3.44.48).

    Zoe Derham threw a new Flanders Cup record (Hammer - 66.27m).

    5 new stadium records Melissa Duprez (Javelin - 52.21m), Emma Carpenter (Discus- 54.87m), Mimi Belete (1500m-4.12.06), Mark Christie (Pole vault - 5m25), Garcia Rosibel (800m - 2.03.80)



    New stadiumrecords: Mimi Belete (1500m 4.17.93), Christian Hoffman (Ger) (110m hurdles 14.09), Tom Goyvaerts (javelin 72m31).

    Roto Natashon (Ken) wins a tight and tactic battle on the 800m in 1.47.31.

    Luis Fernando Moro (Esp) and Denis Goossens (Bel) reach 5m15 in pole vault.

    Belgians best throwing athletes, Wim Blondeel (shot put 18m15), Catherine Timmermans (shot put, 15m17) Ilse Struys (Javelin, 53m41), Tom Goyvaerts (Javelin, 72m31), get competition from German, French, Canadian, Spanish and English athletes.



    Home athlete Loic Lemaitre (Bel) qualifies for the World Championships for juniors (Javelin Throw)

    A breath taking 800m was won by Vice-European Champion 2006,David Fiegen (Lux). Jimmy Lomba (Fra) and Joeri Jansen (Bel) joined him on the podium, while Nils Schumann stranded on a fifth place.

    Flanders Cup Records were broken by Anne Battke (Ger), Rianna Galliart (Ned) on the Pole Vault.