Morceli Came to Help Zorko

Great international athletics stars sometimes came to the Hanžeković Memorial because of their friendship with Croatian athletes. This is why 1500m Olympic Champion, world record holder and three-time World Champion Nouredinne Morceli ran in Zagreb in 1997 and 1998. As he said himself, he came to help his friend Branko Zorko achieve as good a result as possible.

In 1997, Morceli won the 1500m in 3:34.39 and ran a world-leading time of 3:50.48 over a mile a year later, pacing Zorko to set the Croatian record (3:55.36).

We remember that the Algerian star also promoted the Meeting by running around Zrinjevac Park in Zagreb’s centre, while anybody who wanted could join him.