Medal hopes for the athletics team
Győr will host the XIV. European Youth Olympic Festival between 23-29 July. Athletics competitions will be held at the Radnóti Street Sport Centre where 36 young athletes will be crowned champions. Each nation can enter a maximum of 24 competitors, including both boys and girls.
Márton Gyulai the re-elected Secretary General of the Hungarian Athletics Association was interviewed about the Hungarian EYOF athletics team by olimpia.hu:
'We would like to compete with a well-qualified and successful team at the EYOF. Under the supervision of György Lengyák, the EYOF 2017 Programme was launched in autumn 2015 with the aim to suitably prepare athletes born in 2001 and 2002 for the EYOF. The 3-day-long training camp in Dunavarsány back in 2015, the EYOF test and selection camp last April at the Olympic Training Centre in Tata, and finally the events in Székesfehérvár last autumn were all part of an effective preparation period. We have two more training camps ahead of us: one in Spring and one in the Summer.'
The list of athletes who will be competing at the EYOF has not been announced yet, however, 'you can be sure that we will select the strongest athletes, who will most likely be medal contenders, to represent Hungary in Győr.'
Hungarian athletes won 12 gold medals at the EYOF races between 1993 and 2015. Attila Zsivóczky Pandel won the first EYOF medal of the Hungarian Athletics Team in high jump, who later finished sixth in decathlon at the Olympic Games in 2004. In 2015, Ferenc Aranyi won gold in discus throw. Anita Márton won a bronze medal in both discus throw at the EYOF 2005 in Italy and later became Olympic bronze medallist in Rio de Janiero.
The athletics discipline at the EYOF Győr 2017 will include the following events: 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, 3000 metres, 110 metres hurdles (men), 100 metres hurdles (women), 400 metres hurdles, 200 metres steeplechase, 4x100 metres relay, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, hammer throw.
(MOB, foto: MOB)