Dina Asher-Smith, Mariya Lasitskene and Karsten Warholm in action as Swiss city’s Weltklasse meeting stages first part of this year’s Diamond League finals on Thursday

It’s been a memorable Diamond League season with superb meetings in Doha, Shanghai, Eugene and Rome back in May, action-packed events in Oslo, Stockholm and Paris in June, followed by more world-class performances in Lausanne, Rabat, Monaco and London in July. Then, of course, Birmingham staged the 12th event of the year earlier this month.

Now, the series reaches its climax in the first of two Diamond League finals in Zurich on August 30, while the Belgian city of Brussels holds the second final on August 31.

The 2018 Diamond League champions will be decided in a dramatic championships-style winner-take-all format with the leading athletes invited to fight it out for the Diamond Trophy and a $50,000 winner’s cash prize.

Clashes to look forward to include…

» African champion Marie-Josée Ta Lou of Ivory Coast faces European champion Dina Asher-Smith in the women’s 100m.

» Mariya Lasitskene (pictured above) defends her Diamond League high jump crown as Britain’s Morgan Lake is also in the line-up.

» Noah Lyles of the United States takes on European champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Britain in the men’s 200m.

» European champion Sifan Hassan is up against Genzebe Dibaba, Agnes Tirop and Hellen Obiri in the 5000m, while Britain’s Eilish McColgan and Melissa Courtney hope to continue their fine seasons.

» European champion Michal Haratyk of Poland takes on world champion Tom Walsh of New Zealand and Olympic champion Ryan Crouser of the United States.

» German javelin trio Thomas Röhler (below), Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann face Diamond League champion Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic.


»  Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot head the men’s 1500m line-up as Charlie Da’Vall Grice also runs. Filip Ingebrigtsen races, too, but brother Jakob has pulled out.

» Eilidh Doyle is in a tough women’s 400m hurdles against Lea Sprunger, Dalilah Muhammad, Janieve Russell and Shamier Little.

» Katerina Stefanidi versus Sandi Morris plus Britain’s Holly Bradshaw in the women’s pole vault.

» Karsten Warholm, Kyron McMaster and Yasmani Copello clash in the men’s 400m hurdles but world No.1 Abderrahman Samba has competed at the Asian Games instead.

» Matt Hudson-Smith features in the men’s 400m.

Events in Zurich are: Men – 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, 400m hurdles, long jump, shot put, javelin. Women – 100m, 800m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, high jump, pole vault, triple jump, javelin.

See our Brussels preview here.

» Full coverage from the Diamond League finals in the September 6 issue of AW