On Saturday 15 July, the 44th edition of the KBC Nacht will take place at the De Veen Stadium in Heusden-Zolder. Rani Rosius, Belgium’s fastest woman, will be in action, both individually and with the Belgian Rockets. Javelin throw sensation Timothy Herman and Australia’s Nina Kennedy, last year’s Diamond League winner in the pole vault, will also attend. Those who want to come and enjoy an evening of top athletics featuring these and many more Belgian and international stars can book a free ticket online.
Rani Rosius has been the crowd favourite in Heusden-Zolder for years. The 23-year-old from Genk is not only the fastest woman in Limburg, but also the fastest woman in the country. In each of the last three years, she was crowned Belgian Champion in the 100 metres. This year too, Rosius is in good shape. On 27 May, she bettered her personal record to 11.20. Two weeks before the 2023 Belgian Championships, Rosius wants to show that she is ready for a fourth consecutive national title at the KBC Nacht.
The spectators in Heusden-Zolder can look forward to even more sprinting attack, as the programme also includes the Men’s 100 metres and Women’s 4×100 metres. Rosius is eager to take the Belgian Rockets to the Paris Olympics next year. Last year, the Belgian relay team led by Rudi Diels finished sixth at the European Championships in Munich.
Elliot Crestan (800 metres) and Elise Vanderelst (800 metres) already have Olympic experience and have also signed up for the KBC Nacht on 15 July. Timothy Herman will also be in action in Heusden-Zolder. Last month, he improved the 24-year-old Belgian record with a sensational throw of 87m35 in Nairobi and earned a ticket to the World Championships in Budapest later this summer. Herman was six weeks too early for an Olympic limit, but a top throw at the KBC Nacht could earn him that Olympic ticket.
One of the international stars at the 2023 KBC Nacht will be Nina Kennedy. The 26-year-old Australian pole vaulter had a complete breakthrough last year winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, bronze at the World Championships and overall victory at the Diamond League. She is also performing outstandingly this year. At 4m77, the second best jump of 2023 is currently in her name.