Press Release Global Sports Communications

On Saturday, the 10th of October, Global Sports Communication will organize a unique star-studded track meet in the FBK Stadium in Hengelo, the Netherlands. GSC is providing a select group of world-class athletes with an opportunity to compete again at the end of a season heavily restricted due to the Corona Virus. The three events will be a 1,000m and 10,000m for women and a 5,000m men’s race.

Reigning World Champion Sifan Hassan will face Ethiopian rising star Tsehay Gemechu in what promises to be an enthralling 10,000m. Both women are aiming to finish their track seasons with a flourish in Hengelo.

Hassan, who recently broke the World One hour record in Brussels, is looking for one last track outing of the year before attempting to add the World Half Marathon title to her growing list of global accolades in Poland on the 17th of October.

The women’s 1,000m sees an equally talented line up as reigning Olympic 1,500m Champion Faith Kipyegon mounts another assault on a world record which only just eluded her in Monaco earlier this summer.

The Kenyan’s sparkling run of 2.29 in the Iconic Stade Louis on August 14th put her second on the all time list just 0.17 seconds behind Svetlana Masterkova’s world record which has stood for 24 years.

In the 5000m men’s race the eyes will be focused on Ethiopia’s World 10,000m Silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha, who will be challenged by the in form Australian Stewart McSweyn.

Ellen van Langen: “Our athletes were not done with the season yet. They were super motivated for running another race. That’s why we had the idea to organise a race ourselves.

Where else than Hengelo?”

Hans Kloosterman: “Next year we celebrate the 40th edition of the FBK Games. We expect COVID-19 will still play a role by then. It is great to have the opportunity to organize a professional race within COVID-19 restrictions.

Wavelight Technology will provide the athletes with continuous information and motivation during the race. The Wavelight is an electronic pace-setter that guides the runners on their time, speed, and interval. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the race will be without the crowds. There will be a livestream to follow the race