MOSCOW, Aug. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mondotrack, the official track surface of the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will once again help the world's elite track and field athletes to perform their best. This time, Mondotrack is the competition surface for the IAAF World Championships, Aug. 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.

Luzhniki Stadium, which played host to the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final and has been selected as the stage for the FIFA World Cup Final in 2018, installed an 8-lane, 48-inch Mondotrack surface in 2012. The track, which is medium blue with light blue infield aprons, was awarded an IAAF Class 1 certificate confirming that it is suitable for top competitions. Mondotrack is manufactured by a Mondo, the global leader in the track and field, indoor sport and contract flooring markets.

"Mondo has a long history with the IAAF, and Mondo tracks have been the surface of numerous IAAF World Championships, including in 2011, 2001, 1999, 1987 and 1983," said Federico Stroppiana, vice president, strategic development, Mondo Group. "Our tracks are used at so many prestigious competitions, including the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships, because we are committed to developing the fastest tracks in the world that let athletes compete at their highest levels."

An 80-meter sprint straight under one of the main stands at Luzhniki Stadium and two 400-meter warm-up and training tracks, identical to the competition track, also have the Mondotrack surface. A total of 90 tons of rubber were used for all of the track surfaces in the venue. In addition, Mondo provided other track and field equipment, including the long jump and triple jump takeoff boxes, the pole vault box, the steeplechase hurdles, and all bars and landing beds.

About Mondotrack

Mondotrack, Mondo's newest track surface, builds on the success of the company's Super X Performance track, the world's top track for more than 30 years. Designed for superior athletic performance, Mondotrack provides optimal traction and a greater contact area than other tracks. It converts the maximum amount of force generated by athletes' foot strikes to energy for maximum energy return, which helps athletes achieve faster times compared to running on other surfaces. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, three world records, four Olympic records, 64 national records, and a numerous personal and season bests were set on Mondotrack.

About Mondo

Mondo is the global leader in the track and field, indoor sport and contract flooring markets, manufacturing flooring surfaces for virtually every application. More than 1,100 Mondo tracks and millions of square feet of the company's high-performance athletic surfaces are installed worldwide.

An official supplier of athletic tracks for the past 10 Olympic Games, Mondo also is the official supplier or official sponsor of more than 100 sports federations and associations.

A family-owned business since its founding in 1948, the company sells its products in more than 196 countries through Mondo-owned manufacturing companies in Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and China. For news updates, the latest on Mondo products, events and flooring installations, visit mondoworldwide.com and like Mondotrack's Facebook page and Mondo America's Facebook page.

Mondo and Mondotrack are registered trademarks of Mondo.

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