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Friday, April 10, 2009

Shot Putters on Gorée Island

File under "I did not know this":
One of the most unique and historical venues in all of sport will once again figure prominently when the IAAF World Athletics Tour resumes with the Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Ville de Dakar on 17 and 18 April.

Since 2006, the island of Gorée, a few miles off the coast of Dakar, has hosted the meeting's Shot Put competition one day prior to the main meeting in the Senegalese capital. Gorée, now a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was for three centuries the largest dispatching point for the African slave trade, with millions of men and women being loaded onto vessels that would carry them to a lifetime of enforced labour in the Americas and around the world.

In the last three editions of the meeting, competitors have praised the competition's intimate setting as one of the finest and most memorable experiences of their careers.

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