The success of the Gyulai István Memorial shows the strength of Hungarian athletics

The 2022 Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix has been a huge success with both the public and the professionals. The most prestigious Hungarian athletics competition took place in front of a full house, with record number of Hungarian participants, a star parade and seven new records. The atmosphere of the competition will remain in the hearts of the athletics-loving public.

With one year to go until the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, the organisers wanted to showcase as many world-class athletes as possible to the Hungarian public, who will dazzle us next year between 19 and 27 August.

The sold-out competition proved that there is a huge demand for athletics in Hungary.

“The most important result of this year’s Gyulai István Memorial was that everyone could see for themselves how strong athletics is and how strong Hungarian athletics is. We were able to organise a competition with the biggest world stars in the sport, with a record number of Hungarian athletes, in front of a wonderful audience, in a sold-out stadium.” – said Péter Deutsch, chairman of the organising committee. “Székesfehérvár has been an excellent home for the event for nine years, but the venue has really outgrown, the interest of the public and the press, including international media, and the TV coverage requires a more spacious venue. We have achieved the goal we set ourselves 11 years ago. We said, and it became our slogan, that The Legend will continue. We have succeeded in making this wonderful sport popular again and in showing the strength of Hungarian athletics, the athletes, the professional staff and the competition team,” he added.

Swedish world star Armand Duplantis attracted the greatest attention, not only the stands but also the grassy areas next to the track were completely full near the pole vault. 

The world record holder was hampered by the swirling wind, but still amazed the spectators with his effortless and beautiful leap in one of the most difficult events in athletics. Even though the wind prevented him from clearing the 6.01m height, he still won with a fantastic 5.80m. 

Alongside Duplantis, the new queen of the sport, Sydney McLaughlin, and legendary Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were crowd favourites. McLaughlin, celebrating her 23rd birthday, was competing in Europe again after three years and immediately achieved a result in the 400m hurdles that no one in Europe had ever done before. Her time of 51.68 seconds was also the sixth fastest ever run in the world. 

Five-time world champion in women’s 100m Fraser-Pryce was in Székesfehérvár last year, but she was beaten by Elaine Thompson-Herah. This time, the 35-year-old sprinter could tick the Gyulai István Memorial off her list of missing victories. Like Duplantis and McLaughlin, she did so with a competition record of 10.67 seconds. It was exactly the same result that made her world champion two weeks ago in Oregon.

We saw the only 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton, still considered the new Usain Bolt, run 19.88 in the 200m. We saw Kristjan Ceh, who looks like Superman with his thick-rimmed glasses, fly the discus over 70 metres. In the women’s 800m it was Ethiopian Diribe Welteji who improved her Memorial record to 1:59.33.

In the shot put Joe Kovacs, of Hungarian descent, was seen celebrating his amazing 22.89m performance with two souvenir rompers in Hungarian and American colours. “Believe me, my wife is expecting twins, not me,” said the two-time world champion jokingly, suggesting that his physique might lead some to believe otherwise. 

Duplantis, McLaughlin, Fraser-Pryce, Knighton, Ceh, Welteji, Kovacs – seven world stars who have written themselves into the Memorial history books by setting a record in the competition. They could have been joined by Jasmine Camacho-Quinn in the 100m hurdles, but due to too much tailwind, her 12.27 second feat was ultimately disallowed.

Also very popular in Hungary is Gianmarco Tamberi, who scored his first Memorial victory in the high jump while he was still suffering from covid a few days ago. The Italian Olympic champion showman was not allowed to compete by his crew firstly, but he didn’t want to miss out on one of his favourite competitions. Olympic and world champion hurdler Grant Holloway lost the 110m hurdles in the final metres, but he still loves the race, and he even said that Székesfehérvár is his second home, as he first competed here in a professional race in 2019. Shericka Jackson’s name is not to be missed either, she defended her title in Székesfehérvár as the second female sprinter of all time in the 200m, and world champion.

As well as showcasing the stars, it was equally important for the organisers to give as many Hungarian athletes as possible the opportunity to compete in a strong field a year before the World Championships in Budapest. 

Bence Halász threw even better than five-time world champion Pawel Fajdek in the hammer throw and finished 2nd, Réka Szilágyi, who achieved her best throw this year, finished 3rd in the javelin throw, Zoltán Wahl ran a lifetime best in the 200 m (21.08) and Attila Molnár set a new personal best in the 400 m (46.75). These two have also been part of the 4×400 m relay team that set the Hungarian U23 men’s record recently and they will be in top form at the European Championships in Munich, where they will compete in the adult competition.  

Another memorable moment of the Memorial was when the international and Hungarian queens of the 400 m hurdles and 100 m run embraced each other after crossing the finish line. For Janka Molnár, Sydney McLaughlin and for Boglárka Takács, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be the big etalon.

Next year the event will be hosted by the National Athletics Centre in Budapest as a test event for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

The Legend continues in 2023, now in Budapest!


Sydney McLaughlin rocks, World stars set new Memorial records

While last year’s Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix was the 5th strongest athletics competition in the world, this year we got to know the expected world stars of the 2023 World Championships in Budapest. A number of them dazzled the packed Székesfehérvár stadium crowd, who applauded seven plus one record-breaking performances on Monday.

The excitement started early in the afternoon with the women’s javelin. The first winner of the day was Cuba’s Yulenmis Aguilar, who triumphed with a throw of 61.99m. The best of the three Hungarian competitors was Réka Szilágyi, who finished 3rd with 58.84 metres (SB), ahead of Rio Olympic champion Sara Kolák. Fanni Kövér finished 6th (56.43 m), Angéla Moravcsik 7th (54.65 m).

World champion Brooke Andersen won the women’s hammer throw with a 74.84m on her last attempt. The Americans’ double victory was completed by World bronze medallist Janee’ Kassanavoid (72.58 m). Réka Gyurátz also achieved her best result in sixth place, throwing the hammer 69.25 m.

The ladies were followed by the men in the throwing circle, where Bence Halász, who became a 80m plus thrower at the Oregon World Championships, and the other Hungarian hammer throwers also had the chance to test their strength against the strongest possible opponents. There was also a moment in the exciting competition when the top seed from Szombathelyi Dobó SE was in first place, but ended up in 2nd place with an attempt of 79.44 metres.

The winner was Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki, who won the Memorial with a performance of just under 80 metres, 79.96 metres. Five-time world champion Pawel Fajdek finished in 3rd position (79.15 m). Dániel Rába came 6th (73.20 m), Krisztián Pars 7th (72.14 m), Gábor Czeller 8th (71.07 m), Bence Pásztor 9th (68.41 m), Donát Varga finished without a valid attempt.

Unfortunately, Marcell Nagy was injured during the warm-up, so we did not see him in pole vault. Not so the Swedish Armand Duplantis, who is considered the best male athlete in the world today. The Swedish-American world record holder is also very popular in Hungary, and every successful jump he performs is met with huge applause. He jumped in a great atmosphere and triumphed with a new record of 5.80 metres.

He wasn’t the only Olympic champion in the field: France’s Renaud Lavillenie finished second with 5.70m, while Brazil’s Thiago Braz failed in all three of his attempts at 5.45m and was unable to compete.

As the number of spectators in the stands of the Regional Athletics Centre in Bregyo grew, the programme became more and more intense. By the time the heats started, the Székesfehérvár stadium was full for the first time in the history of the race. Every ticket was sold out a week ago, and no wonder, as everywhere you looked, you could see world stars.

The first event was the women’s 800m, which was won by Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji in a new race record of 1:59.33. Bianka Bartha-Kéri was 4th with 2:01.58, Anna Ferencz 9th with 2:08.21 and Hédi Heffner 10th with 2:08.61. Regina Mohai took part in the race as a sprinter.

Joe Kovacs, who has Hungarian ancestry, took first place in the shot put with an astonishing throw of 22.89 metres. The two-time world champion American legend virtually destroyed Tom Walsh’s competition record of 22.22 metres. After his New Zealand rival’s success last year, he returned to New Zealand this year to finish 2nd with 21.93m.

Serbia’s Milica Gardasevic won the women’s long jump with 6.83m, with Diana Lesti in 4th place with 6.45m, Petra Farkas in 5th with 6.34m, Klaudia Endrész in 6th with 6.24m and Anastasia Nguyen in 7th with 6.10m.

Big favourite Gianmarco Tamberi has competed at the Gyulai István Memorial several times in his career, but this is the first time he has won. The Olympic champion has also recently recovered from a crown virus and was able to reach what he admits is an important milestone in winning this event. The Italian high jumper took first place with 2.24 metres. Among the best Hungarian jumpers were Péter Bakosi (2.18 m – 5th), Gergely Török (2.14 m – 6th), Csaba Horváth (2.10 m – 8th) and Dániel Jankovics (2.10 m – 9th).

There was a great tactical race in the men’s 800m, with Nicholas Kiplangat Kebenei coming out on top. The Kenyan crossed the line in 1:45.49. Among the Hungarians, the U23 record holder, Dániel Huller, finished in the top position, coming 5th in 1:46.51. Gergő Kiss finished 7th in 1:46.78, István Szögi 10th in 1:47.89 and Balázs Vindics 11th in 1:47.99. Máté Együd helped the others as a pace runner.
Always smiling and with a charming personality, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returned to the Memorial after 2021, this time with a victory. The five-time world 100m champion dazzled the crowd with a new race record of 10.67 seconds. Tamari Davis (10.92) and Mujinga Kambundji (10.99) also finished within 11 seconds. Hungarian record holder Boglárka Takács finished 8th in 11.56.

Marvin Bracy won the men’s 100m flat (9.97 seconds). In the triple American triumph in the men’s 100m, Trayvon Bromell and Elijah Hall finished in the top 3, both in 10.01.

Three world stars of fantastic ability also competed in the women’s 100m hurdles, with Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn emerging victorious in a new race record of 12.27 seconds. The Puerto Rican’s best improved by one hundredth of a second the previous Memorial record of Kendra Harrison, who finished second in 12.49, but was not validated due to a strong tailwind. In 3rd place was Nia Ali, who can still run 12.60 as a mother of three. Gréta Kerekes finished 7th with 13.60, while Luca Kozák unfortunately stumbled in one of the last hurdles and could not finish the race.

New World Champion Kristjan Ceh became the first discus thrower in the history of the Gyulai István Memorial since 2011 to clear the 70m. The Slovenian youngster threw 71.23m on his first attempt to win the competition ahead of 2017 world champion Andrius Gudzius (67.39m) and 2019 world champion and 2021 Olympic champion Daniel Stahl (67.01m).

In the men’s 110m hurdles, a bombshell: if only by a photo finish, Jamaica’s Rasheed Broadbell beat world champion Grant Holloway. Both men had 13.12 seconds on the scoreboard. In fact, Daniel Roberts, who finished behind them, was only a single hundredth of a second behind. Valdó Szűcs was 5th in 13.69, Bálint Szeles 6th in 13.89 and Dániel Eszes did not compete.

In the men’s 400m, Attila Molnár finished 8th with a lifetime best of 46.75 seconds and the event will be remembered for Vernon Norwoods victory. The American sprinter triumphed with 44.96 and he beat Alison Dos Santos (45.11), the recent world champion in the hurdles version of the one-lap race, and Michael Cherry (45.42), the Olympic champion in the relay.

The new queen of athletics, Sydney McLaughlin, wowed the crowd in Székesfehérvár with a sensational run. The 400m hurdles world record holder was back in Europe after three years and, if she did so, she made her appearance memorable with a new race record of 51.68m. No one in Europe has ever run the distance as fast as the superstar, who is celebrating her 23rd birthday.

Hungarian Janka Molnár finished in 5th place with 56.04, just one hundredth of a second off her own U23 national record.

Shericka Jackson, the second fastest 200m runner of all time, was unbeaten in Székesfehérvár two days after her success in Poland. The world champion Jamaican defended her title with a 22.02. Mujinga Kambundji, who competed in two events on Monday afternoon, was second in 22.45, closely followed by Kayla White. Jusztina Csóti finished in 7th position with 24.04.

The final event of the tournament was the men’s 200m, where the duel between Erriyon Knighton and Kenneth Bednarek was this time won by the 18-year-old super talent. Bednarek was injured and just jogged to the finish. Knighton’s winning time was 19.88 seconds, meaning that István Gyulai Memorial left Székesfehérvár with a fantastic competition record. Tamás Máté finished 6th with a time of 20.88, followed by Zoltán Wahl, who ran a personal best of 21.08.

The Dr. Spiriev Bojidar trophy for the most valuable performance of the day went to Sydney McLaughlin of the USA. The 2023 event is scheduled to take place at the new National Athletics Centre as a test event for the Budapest 2023 World Campionships.


Flash Quotes from athletes

200m – women

’I was more satisfied with my 100 m today, but it is always amazing to run among these athletes. It is always nice to be and compete here as it is a well organized event, so I thought it will be perfect for my preparation for the European Championships. It is a special situation, as most of the girls with whom I ran are already done with their most important competititons, while I have one week until the European Championships. Thanks to this competition now I can now see where I should improve, I still have time to modify what I need to.’

Mujinga Kambundji (SUI), 2nd place


400M – MEN

’I thought it would be great to have a bit of fun, to train without hurdles, and I did enjoy this race a lot, especially the competition with Vernon Norwood. This is my first time here and really like it as the track is very fast.’

Alison Dos Santos (BRA), 2nd place


’I was very nervous today and despite finishing third I would like to continue the work because I want to get back under 45 seconds next season.’

Michael Cherry (USA), 3rd place



’It is amazing to run among these ladies, these are all world class athletes and they always push me tor un faster and have better results. I came here with the goal to run better than I did at the Commonwealth Games, that I could achieve, so I am really happy about my performance today.’

Janieve Russell (JAM), 2nd place


110m hurdles – men

’I was here to have some fun and I was excited to compete against Rasheed. Today he could beat me but there is no time to be sad, a couple of days and we will be in Monaco where we need to perform at the highest level again.’

Grant Holloway (USA), 2nd place


100m hurdles – women

’I think I can be proud of my result but I expected a little bit quicker run. I just want to bring my former rhythm back and keep pushing for these great results. It is one of my favourite places to compete and I love the fans. I hope I will be here next year as well.’

Nia Ali (USA), 3rd place


Shot put – men

’I feel a bit tired today, as in the past days I had several competitions, so considering that we can say that today I had a great result. Now I will have a bit of a time to relax, but it was obvoius that I will be here today, last year I really enjoyed the comptetition, it is a great track, the people are great, the crowd and the atmoshpere is always amazing.’

Tom Walsh (NZL), 2nd place


’I am, of course, preparing for the European Championships, so this competition is a great part of my preparation. I felt good during warm-ups, I felt the shots smooth, but then there were many interruptions, but I am happy about my consistency and I feel my shape is growing.’

Tomas Stanek (CZE), 3rd place


Pole vault

’It was a really great preparation for Munich and the European Championships. Of course, I wanted to keep up with the results of Armand and I felt confident but today I was not able to fight for the gold.’

Renaud Lavillenie (FRA), 2nd place


100m – women

’I did not feel too well before the run as I had a bad accident with one of my teeth so the result was also surprising for me as well. After the World Championships it is very positive that I could maintain my form and consistency is really important in our sport.’

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM), 1st place


’It was a special and really great experience to run among these ladies, it helps me to work on my times and grow into a better athelete. I really enjoyed this race today.’

Tamari Davis (USA), 2nd place


800m – men

’I was quite nervous about the whole transition tot he senior level, but I have been training hard in the past years, so obviously I want to be among the big guys and, of course, I want to be among the bests at the European Championships as well.’

John Fritzsimons (IRL), 2nd place


’It was a nice run. I enjoyed the weather conditions. For the future I need to prepare for these kinds of finishes because I think with more experience I could be better. This is a quite hard calendar year but I am about to improve and be better from competition to competition.’

Isaiah Jewett (USA), 3rd place


800m – women

’At Eugene I was eliminated in the semi-finals, so I was thinking mybe here I can show a better performance as I felt in a good shape. My goal was to run this race under 2 minutes, which I nearly could achieve, this is a season best for me so I am satisfied with my performance. I really enjoyed to run here, the track is fast and the crowd gave us more power as they were chearing for us, I hope to return here.’

Noélie Yarigo (BEN), 2nd place


’It is crazy if I think about the fact that two days ago I was in a hospital in Poland due to food poisoning so it is an unbelievably good result for me and I am more than satisfied.’

Brooke Feldmeier (USA), 3rd place


Hammer Throw – men

It think the most important thing in this competition is technique. We have to practice to throw good. I am really tired because we had a competition days ago. I spent all my time practicing, but I felt in a good shape today. I adore Székesfehérvár, hopefully I can compete here again. Now I am focusing on the European Championships, this is my second goal, the main one was the World Chapionships where I won the silver medal for what I am happy. These days are hard, but I try tod o my best to throw better than last time.

Wojciech Nowicki (POL), 1st place


’One week prior to the European Championships I consider my throw around 80 m to be quite good. My throws were a bit inclined to the left, the strong winds might have had a role in it as it disturbs our spatial perception. I feel well, I am in good shape, my technic was also good, this is why I think I could have achieved a bigger throw, so I am not fully satisfied with my performance, but I will not be sad if the desired good result will come in Munich.’

Bence Halász (HUN), 2nd place


’Despite my result was only enough for the third place today, I enjoyed this event as Hungary and the Gyulai Memorial are my favourites. I did not have an easy situation as I had to drive from Poland to Hungary and I could not sleep a lot before this event. I think the rest was missing for an even better performance but I think I should not be very critical of myself after a plus 79 metres throw.’

Pawel Fajdek (POL), 3rd place


Hammer Throw – women

’I am very satisfied with my throws, despite that I could not actually reach what I wanted at this event. I would like to achieve 80 metres one day, this was my goal today, but I am still young, I have many years ahead of me to reach this milestone. The past period was really successful for me, this also shows that my preparation went well, and I am also glad about the performance of Janee’ Kassanavoid.’

Brooke Andersen (USA), 1st place


’I was a little bit tired as Brooke and I have just arrived from Poland where we also competed against each other. This is a long season and I felt a downturn in my performance today so I am satisfied with this result and my second place. We need to get used to the tight schedule where we have to recover after every race as soon as possible because the next season will be even longer. All in all I enjoyed the energy of the fans. They could lift me up when I needed support.’

Janee’ Kassanavoid (USA), 2nd place


’The throws felt good, and I definitely felt better than at the World Championships, now I have something I can work with for the European Championships. I am preparing for next week, I feel ready for Munich, maybe I will need a little more speed, but these competitions like this one help to get me in „shape” for the big competitions. Even though I always feel mentally tired after competitions, there were weeks after the WChs when I just trained so it was great to feel a bit more down to earth today.’

Katrine Koch Jacobsen (DEN), 3rd place


Javelin Throw – women

’I am very happy with the silver medal, especially that I could throw above 60 metres again. I am not used to having so many bigger competitions in such a short time, and during this summer I participated in many, so I felt a little bit tired today, yet I managed to have a great performance. Now I fly back to Greece to finish my preparation before the European Championships where I will also try to be among the bests.’

Elina Tzengko (GRE), 2nd place


’It was a really nice result just before the European Championships and I am very satisfied with my two throws that were above 58 metres. Despite it was the first final of the event, the atmosphere was frenetic. I was more than happy hearing the chants of the fans.’

Réka Szilágyi (HUN), 3rd place


Sydney McLaughlin, the new queen of athletics

Photo: World Athletics / Getty Images


At the Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix on 8 August, we will be lucky enough to have the greatest male star of athletics, Armand Duplantis, and the biggest female athlete of our time, Sydney McLaughlin, in Székesfehérvár.

Their personalities guarantee that anyone who attends the sold-out meeting in Székesfehérvár on Monday will enjoy an everlasting experience. The arrival of Duplantis was announced in the spring, and the Swedish pole vault world record holder, who has since improved his record to 6.21 metres, is coming to Hungary with big ambitions.

Sydney McLaughlin’s participation was confirmed in the last week. The US star’s entry is perhaps even bigger than Duplantis’. Just remember that the athlete, who celebrates her 23rd birthday the day before the Memorial, last competed in Europe in 2019 at the Zurich Diamond League.

At that time, there was another bigger name among the 400m hurdlers than the then 20-year-old. Her fellow countrywoman, Dalilah Muhammad, nearly a decade older, was in the form of her life in 2019, when she improved the world record she had held since 2003 to 52.23, which she carved four hundredths of a second off at the World Championships in Doha.

McLaughlin had already been right behind the gold medallist at this ” World Championships in the desert”, but finished seven hundredths behind Muhammad to take silver. This was still a sensation, of course, as she had achieved this result at the age of 20. Then, in 2020, she started working with coaching legend Bob Kersee, who had trained such iconic athletes before her as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith Joyner and Allyson Felix.

It didn’t take long for their first success together: in 2021 in Eugene, she became the first woman to run one of the hardest disciplines within 52 seconds. Her 51.90 performance made her the top favorite for the Tokyo Olympics, where she did not disappoint. It was amazing to see her shaving nearly half a second off her time in the Japanese capital to win the first Olympic gold medal of her career with 51.46 seconds.

Hayward Field is clearly one of her favorite venues, as not only did she take over the title of “fastest 400m hurdler of all time” from Muhammad, but she ran 51.41 at the US Championships here earlier this year. She smashed that time just less than a month later, also in the sport’s home of the USA, when she won the World Championships with a time of 50.68 seconds.

A time so strong that it would have beaten two men in the 400m sprint final. In fact, she would have finished 5th in the 400m sprint at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013.

Her charming smile, effortless running style and fantastic results have made her a favourite of many in recent times. With 1.1 million followers on Instagram, she is already one of the most popular athletes, even though she has almost her entire career ahead of her. The big question is what kind of disciplines she sees her future in, because if you consider that as the last runner of the 4x400m US relay team, she ran 47.91 seconds with a flying start, the world record of 47.60, held by Marita Koch of the GDR since 1983, does not seem out of reach for her.

But on Monday in Székesfehérvár, we will see the new queen of the sport race in the 400m hurdles!



A record number of Hungarians will compete in the Memorial

46 domestic athletes can compete in front of a full house on 8 August at the Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix. Here are the athletes to cheer for on Monday at the venue or through the M4 Sport broadcast!

The two-time Hungarian champion of the men’s 100 meters, Dominik Illovszky, who qualified for the World Indoor Championships at just 20-year-old in March, will compete in the fastest man’s race again. His compatriot, Márk Pap was even faster than him this year. His 10.25 seconds time was last bettered by a Hungarian sprinter in 2004. However, in Székesfehérvár, we will see him running at 200 meters, not 100 meters.

The same is true for Tamás Máté who can look forward to the competition as the best national athlete in the half-lap race. Like the above mentioned athletes, Zoltán Wahl, another member of the young sprinter generation, won the U23 national championship barely a month ago. Attila Molnár, who is also only 20 years old, will run in the 400 meters on Monday night, In this event he was undefeated in the national championships in 2021 and 2022 respectively. 

In the 800 meters, five Hungarian athletes with great skills will also be in the field. Balázs Vindics can look forward to the Memorial as the Hungarian indoor track record holder, a four-time outdoor and nine-time indoor national champion and former indoor WCH competitor. Dániel Huller, who also qualified for the European Championships in Munich, ran an U23 Hungarian record of 1:45.53 a few weeks ago in Pápa, showing his talent again after a period full of injuries.

Gergő Kiss became the Hungarian champion in the 800 m in a huge race at the end of June. Now we will cheer for him, as well as his Veszprém teammate, István Szögi whose main event, the 1500 meters will not be organized this time so he will also start in the 800 m. Máté Együd will be a pacemaker.

In the 110-meter hurdles we will see all three of our international level competitors. Valdó Szűcs, Bálint Szeles and Dániel Eszes will compete against two-time world champion, Grant Holloway. In discus throw, János Huszák and Róbert Szikszai can tune in to the European Championships with opponents such as the three most recent world champions: Kristjan Ceh, Daniel Stahl and Andrius Gudzius. 

The highest-level field awaits our athletes in the high jump and pole vault. In the former, besides Péter Bakosi and Csaba Horváth, who share the 2022 Hungarian championships title, we can also find Dániel Jankovics and Gergely Török on the entry list. Marcell Nagy can jump in the same field with the biggest world star of the sport, Armand Duplantis who, along with Renaud Lavillenie and Thiago Braz, will strengthen the camp of Olympic champions in what we hope will be a competition as long as possible.

As Bence Halász, a club member of 80-meter throwers, said after winning his fifth Hungarian championships title in a row, the level of hammer throw in Hungary has not been as high as this summer. Olympic champions Krisztián Pars and Dániel Rába will compete as European Champs qualifiers. Bence Pásztor, Donát Varga and Gábor Czeller will also participate in the event.

What Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 meters and Shericka Jackson in the 200 meters mean to the Jamaicans, Boglárka Takács and Jusztina Csóti mean to us in the shortest sprint events. Both can gain valuable results on Monday. The same is true for Bianka Bartha-Kéri, who is warming up for the European Championships in Székesfehérvár in the 800 meters. She wants to run the best possible time in the two-lap distance along with Anna Ferencz and Hédi Heffner. The youngster Regina Mohai can help them achieving it, as she will be the rabbit in the competition.

Certainly, Luca Kozák, establishing new Hungarian record at the Memorial in 2020, will not be left out of the participants in the 100-meter hurdles, just as her opponent, Gréta Kerekes who will also run with the best. We are eagerly waiting to see what kind of performance Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Kendra Harrison or Nia Ali will bring out of them. In the 400-meter steeplechase the Hungarian champion and U23 national record holder Janka Molnár will also be on the field.

In addition to the men’s hammer throw, the women’s long jump will be the other event in which we can support six Hungarians. Besides Anasztázia Nguyen, Diana Lesti, and Petra Farkas, who are considered the Top 3 of the last 1-2 years, Xénia Krizsán, preparing for the European Championship’s heptathlon, and Klaudia Endrész, who has jumped a personal best again after a long time, will also be able to show themselves in front of the home crowd. 

Moreover, Bori Rózsahegyi, who was born in 2007 and won a gold medal in the most successful Hungarian EYOF performance of all time, can jump for the first time in such a strong international field. Previously, at the age of 15, not many athletes could jump to 6.16 meters so it will definitely be worth following her performance.

Réka Gyurátz, who won seven consecutive championship titles in the hammer throw, proved with her best of 71,57 meters this year that she can achieve a very good result in Munich as well. Not only she but also her teammate from Szombathely, Zsanett Németh, with new PB of 66,73 meters, can enter the throwing circle in excellent form.

Réka Szilágyi, Angéla Moravcsik and Fanni Kövér will be the ones we will see for the first time on this year’s Memorial. On Monday at 12:45 pm the women’s javelin throw will start the extremely exciting program, in which there will be a lot of national athletes to cheer for until the evening.


Superstar Sydney McLaughlin to compete in Gyulai István Memorial!

Sydney McLaughlin (USA) who has run a fabulous World Record in the recently finished World Athletics Championships in Eugene arrived to Hungary this afternoon to compete in her star event 400m Hurdles at the Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics GP in Székesfehérvár.

She and her coach Bobby Kersee were met at Budapest airport by Mr. Péter Deutsch, president of the meeting.

Sydney McLaughlin is a spectacular surprise addition to the star-studded line up of the meeting featuring such other athletic greats as Armand Duplantis, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Grant Holloway, Gianmarco Tamberi, Shericka Jackson, Alison Dos Santos and several further global champions and medallists.

The meeting will take place on Monday, 8th August at the Athletic Center in Székesfehérvár.


All tickets are sold out! This year’s Memorial will take place in front of a full house!

After the Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix became the fifth strongest athletic competition in the world last year, Hungary’s most prestigious athletic competition has achieved another great success. Since 2011, for the first time in the competition’s history all tickets were sold out in advance, so the athletes will compete in front of a full house.

The legend continues! – the 2022 Memorial will be another important milestone in the history of the competition. All tickets for the event were already sold out six days before the competition to be held on 8 August in Székesfehérvár.

Besides last year’s successes, the outstanding interest of the public is also due to the fact that, in addition to the best national representatives of the sport the world’s biggest stars are also increasingly popular in Hungary. More than a year before the World Championship which will take place in Budapest between August 19-27, 2023, the organizers invited those athletes who can play key role at the World Champs next year. 

The audience will cheer Olympic and world champions and world record holders such as Armand Duplantis, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Erriyon Knighton, Alison Dos Santos, Grant Holloway or Gianmarco Tamberi. Besides strong rivals, it is also important for the Hungarian athletes that while tuning in to the World Champs they can compete in front of a full house, i.e. 2,500 Hungarian fans.

Moreover, Luca Kozák, Boglárka Takács, Réka Gyurátz, Réka Szilágyi, Bence Halász, Dániel Huller and Tamás Máté are athletes whose last tuning competition will be the Memorial before the European Championships in Munich from August 15-21.


Four Hungarian athletes have already won at the Gyulai István Memorial


Anita Márton, Balázs Baji, Zoltán Kővágó, Krisztián Pars – these four athletes were able to triumph in the history of the Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix.

Since 2011, the first edition of the Memorial, our four national athletes have collected a total of ten victories in the history of the competition. This fact clearly shows how difficult it is for the Hungarians to succeed because every year world stars visit the most prestigious one-day event in Hungary. 

Already at the first edition, which was held at Puskás Ferenc Stadium, we could cheer on to two Hungarian victories: the first one is linked to Krisztián Pars, who won the hammer throw with a 79.37 m throw and he was the winner in the following three years as well. His success in 2012 was memorable because he received a special greeting as the new Olympic champion. 

In 2013, he became the first with a result well over 80 meters (80.73 m), then a year later he threw the hammer so far that even the biggest stars of our time, Pawel Fajdek and Wojciech Nowicki can be envious. In 2014, he won with 82.49 meters, still one of the largest throws in Memorial history.

The other winner of the first Memorial is Zoltán Kővágó, who also has four victories in the discus throw. His winning throw of 69.50 meters achieved in 2011 has not been surpassed by anyone since then. It may well be that we don’t have to wait long for someone to get over 70 meters for the first time because in addition to Daniel Stahl, undefeated in Hungary since 2019, the new world champion Kristjan Ceh and the 2017 world champion Andrius Gudzius will also be here.

Kővágó has more success than even the three-time Memorial champion Stahl, because after 2011 he captured the gold medal in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

In 2016, Balázs Baji won the 110-meter hurdles and a year later, by running a fantastic Hungarian record of 13.15 seconds, he tuned in to the World Championships in London where he won the bronze medal. These two results greatly contributed to him being the Sportsman of the Year in Hungary in 2017.

In 2017, in addition to Kővágó, Székesfehérvár also brought good luck to Anita Márton, who won the shot put with her 19.48 meters throw. The competition was also a good preparation for the World Champs, because, like Balázs Baji, she could also stand on the podium in London – she won a silver medal. 

Although Memorial has not had a Hungarian winner for five years, we have not been left without sensational results: in 2020, Luca Kozák ran his Hungarian best of 12.71 seconds, which she recently improved by a hundredth of a second at the national championship.


Another fantastic announcement, Olympic and world champions are coming to the Gyulai István Memorial

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With less than a week to go the 2022 Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix will start in Székesfehérvár. In addition to the previously announced world stars, the arrival of such classics as Shericka Jackson, Kendra Harrison, Joe Kovacs, Renaud Lavillenie or Alison Dos Santos has become certain in recent days.

Everyone who visits of watches the Gyulai István Memorial on August 8th will have a fantastic experience, as they will be able to see quite a few of the biggest stars competing of the recently concluded World Championships in Oregon. They are the same elite athletes who will have a central role at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, starting in a little over a year from August 19 to 27, 2023.

World record holder Armand Duplantis, who is currently perhaps the biggest star in athletics, stands out among the most celebrated athletes. The Swedish-American pole vaulter, who stands at 6.21 meters, plays in a “special league”, but he received the strongest possible opponents: ex-world record holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie, 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz, Tokyo Olympic Games and Oregon22 silver medalist Christopher Nielsen. Moreover, Ernest John Obiena from the Philippines, who surprisingly recently won a bronze medal at the World Champs, will also be among the challengers.

Shericka Jackson won the 200 meters in Eugene with the second-fastest time of all time, 21.45 seconds. Soon we will see her in Székesfehérvár, as she competes with Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas, who missed the World Champs due to injury, American 4×100 relay world champion Jenna Prandini and Mujinga Kambundji who will compete in both the 100 and 200m.

In addition to Kambundji, the five-time world champion in the 100 meters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will have to face world and Olympic champion relay team members: Twenisha Terry, Briana Williams, Morolake Akinosun, Natasha Morrison, and the new Hungarian record holder Takács Boglárka.

The most famous men sprinters are Yohan Blake and Christian Coleman but it will not be easy for them, because in addition to the silver medalist of the World Champs in Eugene, Marvin Bracy and the bronze medalist, Trayvon Bromell, and the winner of last year’s Memorial with an individual and competition record of 9.84 Akani Simbine will also compete.

At 200 meters, in addition to Erriyon Knighton and Kenneth Bednarek, who also finished on the podium on home soil at the 2022 World Championships, Aaron Brown, who won gold with the Canadian 4×100 relay, and Alexander Ogando, the winner of the Dominican 4×400 mixed relay, will also be in the field.

Alison Dos Santos, the new world champion of the 400-meter hurdles, will run 400m flat among his opponents, Michael Cherry and Vernon Norwood, who won last year’s Olympic in the relay, as well as Champion Allison, the current World Championship gold medalist relay member and fourth individual, will also be there. In the 800 meters, the new U23 Hungarian record holder Dániel Huller and the 2019 world silver medalist Amel Tuka from Bosnia can compete in a strong field.

Besides the Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Nia Ali in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, new stars have been officially announced: Kendra Harrison held the world record for more than half a decade, Gabriele Cunningham can call herself an indoor world bronze medalist and Luca Kozák is the Hungarian record holder who considers the Memorial as one of the last stops in her preparation for the European Championships in Munich. In the men’s 110 m hurdles, alongside superstar Grant Holloway, this year’s American champion, Daniel Roberts, will also be there.

The 2007 world champion Donald Thomas, the world and European silver medalist Andriy Protsenko and the defending European champion Mateusz Przybylko will also be among the opponents of the public favorite, the Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi in the high jump. In the shot put, two-time world champion Joe Kovacs, who has Hungarian ancestry and the new world bronze medalist Josh Awotunde will also strengthen the camp of the 22-meter throwers, as well as the previously announced former world champion, Tom Walsh from New Zealand.

The top seeds in the women’s hammer throw could only be stronger if former multiple Memorial winner Anita Wlodarczyk didn’t get injured while stopping a car thief in June. In her absence, the current best Hungarian, Réka Gyurátz, is waiting for a no less strong field: in addition to recent world champion Brooke Andersen, Olympic bronze medalist Malwina Kopron, world bronze medalist Janee’ Kassanavoid and European silver medalist Alexandra Tavernier will also be in the throwing circle in Székesfehérvár.

In the javelin throw, in addition to the 2016 Olympic champion Sara Kolak, last year’s U20 European champion Elina Tzengko will also be among Réka Szilágyi’s opponents.

Tickets for the 2022 Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix are selling out very quickly, there are only a few free places left for the most prestigious athletics competition in Hungary.


Only one week to go! Here is the timetable of the Gyulai István Memorial

With only one week to go, the 2022 Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix will start in Székesfehérvár. On Monday, 8 August, the queen of sports will be in the spotlight all day long, as the events start early in the afternoon.

It will be advisable to arrive early to the Regional Athletics Centre in Bregyó köz, as the women’s javelin throw will start at 12:45 p.m., and the international program of 18 events will begin.

Hungarian hammer thrower, Bence Halász, who recently broke the 80-meter barrier at the World Championships in Oregon and finished 5th, will be in the throwing circle at 15:30. The World and European Championships bronze medalist will compete against world stars such as Pawel Fajdek, who recently won his fifth World Championship title in a row overseas, and Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki.

Armand Duplantis, who improved the world record of pole vault to 6.21m in Eugene, will start at 16:15, followed by the official opening at 16:45. This will be followed by the “How fast do you run the 100m?” finals to warm us up for the individual running events, in which the world stars will follow each other. Among others, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, Christian Coleman, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Grant Holloway, Kenneth Bednarek and Erriyon Knighton will all be seen on the track.

The meeting will conclude with the winners’ parade and the award ceremony for the Dr Spiriev Bojidar trophy, which will again be presented to the athlete who has performed best in the competition.

Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics GP 2022

Székesfehérvár, 8 August

World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting

Timetable *


12:45 Javelin Throw – women
14:00 Kids Athletics Program – presentation
14:00 Hammer Throw – women
15:00 8 x 50 m childrens’ relay
15:30 Hammer Throw – men
16:15 Pole Vault – men
16:45 Official Opening
16:56 How fast do you run the 100m? Final – amateur women
17:00 How fast do you run the 100m? Final – amateur men
17:00 Shot Put – men
17:04 How fast do you run the 100m? Final – advanced women
17:05 High Jump – men
17:08 How fast do you run the 100m? Final – advanced men
17:12 100 m men – national
17:15 Long Jump – women
17:20 800 m – women
17:30 800 m – men
17:40 100 m – women
17:50 100 m – men
18:00 Discus Throw – men
18:05 100 m Hurdles – women
18:20 110 m Hurdles – men
18:30 400 m – men
18:45 400 m Hurdles – women
19:00 200 m – women
19:10 200 m – men
19:20 Awarding of the Winners
19:35 Dr. Bojidar Spiriev Trophy presentation
(best performance of the meeting)


* The timetable is subject to change if necessary