World’s top athletes descend on Zurich

A look ahead to Weltklasse Zürich, the first of two Diamond League finals, where 17 world champions are in action

Usain Bolt London DL (Mark Shearman)

The season-long Diamond League approaches its climax in the first of two finals – a meeting which traditionally features virtually all of the world’s top athletes.

The last meeting in the series is in Brussels the following week on September 6, but the overall standings for around half of the disciplines will be decided in Zurich at the Weltklasse Zürich meet.

The line-up includes 17 world champions and 15 Olympic champions in the 17 Diamond League events.

Four athletes – Ayanleh Souleiman (1500m), Aleksandr Menkov (long jump), Christina Obergfoll (javelin) and Zuzana Hejnova (400m hurdles) – have already done enough to secure their overall victories, but must compete in the final in order to claim the USD$40,000 bonus and the Diamond Race trophy.

Elsewhere, Usain Bolt runs the 100m for the first time since winning three more world titles in Russia. He faces the athletes in second to sixth in Moscow, plus Britain’s Adam Gemili, who is surely in shape to go under 10 seconds for the first time following his 19.98 for 200m at the Worlds.

Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba, who took gold in the 5000m and 10,000m respectively in Moscow, meet at the shorter distance for a rare clash.

Bohdan Bondarenko leads the field in the high jump, which includes the top eight from Moscow, Britain’s Robbie Grabarz among them. It was in Switzerland back at the beginning of July that the Ukranian world champion cleared the best height in 19 years, 2.41m, a height he equalled when winning in Moscow. Will this trip to Switzerland also end in a world record attempt?

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the double sprint winner from Moscow, goes in the 200m, while other Moscow champions in action in Zurich are LaShawn Merritt (400m), Asbel Kiprop (1500m), Ezekiel Kemboi (3000m steeplechase), David Oliver (110m hurdles), David Storl (shot put), Robert Harting (discus), Eunice Sum (800m), Brittney Reese (long jump) and Valerie Adams (shot put).

Other British athletes lining up are Nigel Levine (400m), Chris Tomlinson (long jump), Ashleigh Nelson (100m), Bianca Williams (100m), Meghan Beesley (400m hurdles), Steph Twell (5000m), Andrew Osagie (800m), Michael Rimmer (800m), Shara Proctor (long jump) and William Sharman (110m hurdles).

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