On Saturday De Veen Stadium in Heusden-Zolder will host a 40th anniversary edition of the KBC Night of Athletics. Some of the leading names of Belgian athletics will take on a strong international field. Ahead of the event meeting director Marc Corstjens runs us through the various disciplines.
This will be the headline event of the night. With Jonathan Sacoor and Jonathan and Dylan Borlee we will see three Belgian Tornados at the start. As 400-metre runners they are more than capable to do well on the 200 metres. For Kobe Vleminckx the distance is his core business. The general public will be introduced to this 21-year-old talent, who took silver at the U23 European Championships in Sweden. South African record holder Clarence Munyai is the pre-race favourite. Last year he clocked a phenomenal 19.69 in Pretoria at the age of 20. On Wednesday he won the 300 metres at the Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Province de Liège with a world leading time of 32.45.
For Alexander Doom the European Championships in Gävle weren't a success. he was disqualified after touching the line on the final straight. At the KBC Night he will get another chance to show what he can do.
Taoufik Makhloufi picked the KBC Night to make his comeback. The Algerian is the 2012 Olympic champion on the 1500 metres and won two silver medals in Rio 2016 (800 and 1500 metres). In a strong international field he will be challenged by Kenyans Collins Kipruto and Alfred Kipketer. Belgian fans will be cheering on the returning Eliott Crestan.
Robin Hendrix is one of the many young Belgians who made a big impression in recent days. At the 2018 Summer Universiade in Naples he took a 5000-metre bronze medal. In Heusden Hendrix and Isaac Kimeli are going for the 1500 metres. Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider and Spain's Adel Mechaal are set to provide fierce competition.
Watch out for Stanley Waithaka. The only 19-year-old Kenyan ran the fastest 10,000 metres of 2018 in November and now wants to shine on the 5,000m. He's joined by several fast compatriots, while Norway is represented by Sondre Moen and Henrik Ingebrigtsen. Soufiane Bouchikhi and Dorian Boulvin are the Belgians at the start of the race.
110 metre hurdles:
Michael Obasuyi is a young Belgian to watch with a fourth place at last year's U20 world championships in Tampere. He needs a time of 13.46 to grab a ticket for the senior world championships in Doha. With a PB of 13.54 and a lot of margin for progression, the youngster might well get it done in Heusden.
400 metre hurdles:
Belgians Dylan Owusu (PB 50.81) and Romain Nicodème (51.27) are also looking for a minimum time of 49.30, which might be out of reach for the pair.
There's no time to rest for Jonathan and Dylan Borlee and Jonathan Sacoor. Along with Kevin Borlee they will compete a second time in the 4x400 relay, competing against the likes of Jamaica and France.
Mathias Broothaerts is providing the Belgian flair, while Frenchman Yann Randrianasolo starts as the favourite. Last month he established a new personal best of 8m08.
Egypt's Mostafa Amr Hassan and Luxembourg's Bob Bertemes are two athletes worth a throw of over 21 metres. They will probably fight for the victory.
Just like the male colleagues some of the Belgian Cheetahs are going for an individual 200 metres: Hanne Claes and Camille Laus. Manon Depuydt, seventh at the U23 world championships, is another Belgian at the start.
Paulien Couckuyt's U23 gold medal in Sweden on the 400m hurdles was the highlight of a successful tournament for the Belgian athletes. On the KBC Night, she will now give it a go on the regular 400 metres.
Renée Eykens is aiming for a time under two minutes, which would qualify her for the world championships. She will do battle with Uganda's Halimah Nakaayi and Kenya's Emily Tuei.
Elise Vanderelst was another Belgian start in Gävle, finishing second on the 1500 metres. In Heusden she is looking to grab a ticket to Doha. She will require a time of 4:06.50 or less.
This is promising to be an open race with an international mix of athletes. We're expecting a time of around 14 minutes and 50 seconds.
100 metre hurdles:
Just like in Liege we're looking forward to a duel between Anne Zagre and Eline Berings. Zagre won with a time of 13.23 despite 'a few mistakes at the start'. Berings clocked a 13.36 on her return to competition. Both women are hoping to go a fair bit quicker on Saturday.
400 metre hurdles:
Denmark's Sara Slott Petersen is the woman to watch as the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist and European champion.
Claire Orcel was fifth in Sweden with a season's best of 1m89. The Belgian is now taking aim at her personal best of 1m91, but she will need 1m94 to qualify for Doha.
Belgian's leading poel vaulters Chloé Henry, Fanny Smets and Aurélie De Ryck are on call, measuring themselves against the big Ukrainian favourite Maryna Kylypko (PB of 4m65).