A look ahead to the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, where Norwegian stars Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Karsten Warholm are among those in action
A stadium where 69 world records have been broken since 1945 looks like staging another top-class Diamond League event as the series moves on to the Bislett Games on Thursday.
In the 100m, world indoor 60m champion Christian Coleman will be looking to continue his great form after his season-opener of 9.86 in Shanghai. Usain Bolt’s track record of 9.79 may be a stretch this early in the year, but he will be pushed by fellow American Mike Rodgers, plus Brits Reece Prescod and Chijindu Ujah and Italy’s up-and-coming Filippo Tortu.
Another highlight will be the men’s pole vault where last year’s world No.1 Armand Duplantis, the current AW cover star who has already gone over 6.00m this year, takes on world champion Sam Kendricks and European champion Pavel Wojciechowski.
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Organisers are claiming to have assembled possibly the best women’s steeplechase line-up in Diamond League history. World record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech will start favourite after dominating the chase in Rome, but world champion Emma Coburn will hope to push her as she makes her 2019 Diamond League debut. Olympic silver medallist Hyvin Kiyeng, European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause, Norwegian record-holder Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal and Britain’s Rosie Clarke are also on the start list.
World junior 400m hurdles record-holder Sydney McLaughlin will compete in her main event in a Diamond League for the first time. The athlete rated to be America’s next female track and field star was second in the flat 400m in Shanghai and here takes on Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad and European champion Lea Sprunger.
The men’s event includes home favourite Karsten Warholm, the world champion, but is missing Abderrahman Samba through injury.
The women’s 100m hurdles features Norwegian record-holder Isabelle Pedersen, plus Diamond League leader Sharika Nelvis and Olympic champion Brianna McNeal, while in the women’s 200m, world champion Dafne Schippers goes up against Gabrielle Thomas and Jenna Prandini of the US.
Last year’s IAAF world female athlete of the year Caterine Ibarguen switches back to triple jump after opening up her 2019 campaign in the long jump. The double 2018 Diamond League champion will meet Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams and Shanieka Ricketts, European champion Paraskevi Papachristou and former world champion Olga Saladukha.
For more than 50 years, the Bislett Games Dream Mile has assembled the world’s best middle-distance runners. In this year’s edition, double European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and brother Filip will enjoy plenty of home support.
The men’s 3000m features Selemon Barega and Muktar Edris, plus Henrik Ingebrigtsen and Britain’s Andrew Butchart.
Andreas Hofmann goes up against his fellow Germans Johannes Vetter and Thomas Rohler in the javelin, while the women’s high jump features Britain’s Morgan Lake and world champion Mariya Lasitskene. In the women’s shot, Shanghai winner Chase Ealey again takes on world champion Gong Lijiao.
Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Lynsey Sharp race in the non-Diamond League 800m.