Greg Rutherford, Genzebe Dibaba and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among the 20 newly-crowned individual world champions competing at the Diamond League meeting
The first of the two Diamond League finals, the Weltklasse Zurich meeting at the famous Letzigrund Stadium will be as hotly-anticipated as usual due to it taking place just a few days after the IAAF World Championships on Thursday (September 3).
There are set to be 20 individual world champions from Beijing in action, with 16 Diamond Race titles up for grabs.
Among the Britons competing is Greg Rutherford, who is fresh from completing the grand slam of major long jump titles in Beijing.
He will go up against the likes of USA’s world triple jump champion Christian Taylor, who leapt an incredible 18.21m in Beijing, as well as Jeff Henderson and Michael Hartfield.
Another event featuring multiple world champions is the women’s 3000m as Genzebe Dibaba, Almaz Ayana and Vivian Cheruiyot are set to clash. Dibaba won the 1500m in Beijing, but Ayana destroyed her Ethiopian team-mate for 5000m gold, while Kenya’s Cheruiyot took the 10,000m title.
Yarisley Silva is due to have a rematch with Fabiana Murer and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou in the pole vault, with all three of the medallists from Beijing in action. Britain’s Holly Bradshaw, who placed seventh in China, is also among the field.
Zuzana Hejnova of Czech Republic will feature in a 400m hurdles race that includes European champion Eilidh Child. Derek Drouin, Mutaz Essa Barshim, Bohdan Bondarenko and Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov will contest the high jump, while Tianna Bartoletta of the United States heads to the Swiss city as world long jump champion. The women’s long jump event features three British athletes – Lorraine Ugen, Jazmin Sawyers and Shara Proctor, who broke the British record and claimed silver in Beijing.
Sergey Shubenkov, Russia’s new world champion, heads the sprint hurdles entries, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce goes in the 100m.
A red-hot steeplechase has world champion Ezekiel Kemboi heading the entry lists together with American Evan Jager, the latter hoping to make up for his sixth place in Beijing.
In the women’s 800m, local star Selina Büchel will get great support against a world-class field, while the men’s non-Diamond League event features world champion and world record-holder David Rudisha. Wayde van Niekerk heads a strong 400m line-up featuring all the medallists from Beijing and Britain’s Rabah Yousif.
Britain’s six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir goes up against local favourite Marcel Hug and USA’s Joshua George over 3000m, while other British athletes competing in Zurich include Daniel Talbot in the 200m, Lynsey Sharp and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke in the 800m, Niall Flannery in the non-Diamond League 400m hurdles and Charlie Grice in the 1500m.
Weltklasse Zurich action got under way on Wednesday evening with the men’s pole vault which was won by Canada’s world champ Shawn Barber who cleared 5.92m.
» A timetable and entry lists for the event can be found here, while athleticsweekly.com-sponsored coverage will be shown live from 7pm on British Eurosport 2 for fans in the UK