We set the scene for the second Diamond League final, this time at the AG Memorial Van Damme
After Zurich hosted the first part of the Diamond League finals, attention turns to Brussels on Friday (September 6) for the remaining events. Winners can bag a place for Doha or get their team an extra spot if they are already chosen.
As he won the 100m in Switzerland – and has been even more dominant at 200m – Noah Lyles will start a huge favourite and the expected excitement will be on how fast he will run rather than who will win.
World champion Ramil Guliyev looks the best of the rest.
At 1500m, Ayanleh Souleiman heads the standings but he lost out at the African Games and it will be last year’s Diamond League winner Timothy Cheruiyot who will start a big favourite, with both the Ingebrigtsen brothers Jakob and Filip in the running for a high placing.
The Paris triple jump was a cracker and it should again be a great battle between Will Claye and Christian Taylor.
Although running a fine season’s best, Dina Asher-Smith was well beaten in the 200m in Zurich by Shaunae Miller-Uibo and won’t have it all her own way in the 100m.
In Belgium, she will be up against Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and her predecessor from 2012, Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce, who have both run 10.73 this summer, effectively two metres faster than the Briton’s 10.91.
With no Caster Semenya, Ajee’ Wilson will be expected to dominate the 800m. Lynsey Sharp, running her best season for many years, should be in the hunt for a place.
In the 5000m, Kenya have five of the first seven leading places in the Diamond League standings headed by world champion and world leader Hellen Obiri but will still have a significant challenge as 1500m world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba and mile world record-holder Sifan Hassan are in the line up.
Former world champion Danielle Williams has dominated the 100m hurdles this summer and is the favourite but world record-holder Kendra Harrison could challenge if she gets the basics right.
It would be a major shock if world champion Mariya Lasitskene did not dominate the high jump.
Malaika Mihambo has been the clear world No.1 in the long jump this summer and is favourite but quadruple world champion Brittney Reese has been in seven-metre form and could push the German close.
Entry lists for Friday can be found here.
On Thursday night, meanwhile, the men’s shot put was held 24 hours ahead of the main programme in a city centre setting and was won by New Zealand’s Tom Walsh with 22.30m from Darlan Romani with 22.15m and Ryan Crouser with 22.08m.