The Kuortane Games, also known as the Midsummer race, will be held on July 26 in Kuortane, Finland. The Kuortane Games 2021 is part the international World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze series as well as that of the domestic Motonet GP series. With the Tokyo Olympics only a month away, the Games will offer athletes the much-needed match-practice.
The Kuortane Games will also be featuring three para sports along with a plethora of track and field events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there would not be any seating tickets sold for the event. However, fans can buy “block tickets” in which they can choose the seating in their block.
Neeraj Chopra vs Johannes Vetter: The match up to watch out for
In what might serve as a trailer for the Tokyo Olympics, ace Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will clash against world no. 1, Johannes Vetter of Germany at the Kuortane Games on 26th June 2021.
The released entry list of men’s javelin throw has intrigued athletics fans all over the world. Many illustrious athletes are set to feature at the Games making it the most anticipated and important javelin throw contest before the upcoming Olympics. Anderson Peters, the 2019 World Champion, and Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic medalists will also be competing against Chopra and Vetter.
Although Neeraj Chopra and Johannes Vetter have competed against each other at various Diamond League events in the 2017 and 2018 season, the Kuortane Games are set to offer a small glimpse into what the men’s javelin throw scene will be like at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter has been in a thundering form since the start of the 2021 season. He has been dishing out throws beyond 90m at will. On the other hand, top Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been in a good form since the beginning of the season and is very close to hitting the magical 90-meter mark.
Schedule of Kuortane Games 2021
The Kuortane Games 2021 will be held on June 26. Given below is the schedule of all events (all times are in local time).
13:50: Men Pole Vault
14:05: Women Javelin Throw
14:30: Wheelchair Javelin Throw
15:25: Women Triple Jump
15:30: Men 1500 m Race B
15:40: Men Discus Throw
15:45: Women 800 m Race B
15:50: Women High Jump
16:05: Men 400m Hurdles Race A
16:15: Women 400m Hurdles Race A
16:25: Women Pole Vault
16:30: Men 100m Heats
16:40: 100m Wheelchair racing
17:00: Women 100m Hurdles heats
17:00: Men Javelin Throw
17:05: Men Long Jump
17:15: Women 200m Race B
17:20: Women 200m Race A
17:25: Men 100m Final
17:35: 400m Wheelchair racing
17:45: Women 800 m Race A
18:00: Women 100m Hurdles Final
18:15: Men 1500m Race A
Where to watch Kuortane Games 2021
One can follow the Kuortane Games 2021 on their official website, which will carry live results from the Games. The athletics body will also have a live streaming of the event but is yet to release the whereabouts of the same. Social media handles of the Kuortane Games 2021 like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will have regular updates.
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