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Croatia enjoy home interest ahead of IAAF World Challenge

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There will be plenty of home interest on Tuesday as the IAAF World Challenge series heads to Zagreb.

The latest round of the competition will see three of Croatia's athletics stars in action in the shape of Blanka Vlasic, Sandra Perkovic and Ana Simic.

Favourites for victory

Vlasic, a two-time world champion in the high jump, has had her injury problems in recent years but remains a firm favourite in the country.

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The second highest jumper in the history of the women's event with 2.08 metres will have her work cut out if she wants to win the meet, though, with compatriot Simic rising up the ranks.

The 24-year-old has upped her personal best to 1.99m this year, and with that jump she claimed her first major medal - bronze at the European Championships in Zurich.

Happy hunting groud

It was at the same track last Thursday, too, where she finished second at the Diamond League meeting, ahead of her older countrywoman for the first time in her career.

Also in the field will be the woman who won the world indoor title at the start of the year. Poland’s Kamila Licwinko has yet to replicate that form outdoors, but could still be a threat to the Croatian pair.

Local hero

Someone who will be overwhelming favourite going into her field event is Perkovic. The 24-year-old is the current European, world and Olympic champion and will look to carry on her recent impressive form.

After throwing a national record of 71.08m to win discus gold in Zurich, Perkovic secured the Diamond Race trophy by winning last week.

Her main threats are likely to come from France’s Melina Robert-Michon and Germany’s Shanice Craft, the two who took silver and bronze behind Perkovic at the European's.

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