ZURICH (SUI): Weltklasse ZĂŒrich on Thursday will feature as many as eight duels between reigning Olympic champions and newly crowned world champions on Thursday, 24 August. The winners of 16 final events will be awarded one of the coveted Diamond Trophies and 50,000 US dollars in prize money. 17 world champions and 29 additional medallists are looking for another triumph at Letzigrund Stadium which is sold out. The meetingâs entry lists also include 14 reigning Olympic champions.
ZURICH (SUI): The menâs 5000m race is a particularly star-studded event: In his final track race, four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah plans to set the record straight after his London defeat against world champion Muktar Edris. The race will be one of eight duels between new world and Olympic champions of Rio.
ZURICH (SUI): The Weltklasse ZĂŒrich crowd witnessed a photo finish outcome of the womenâs 200m, when Olympic champion Elaine Thompson passed the Dutch world champion Dafne Schippers at the very last second in 2016. The two sprint stars are set to meet again on Thursday. Lining up with them will Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 400m gold medallist in Rio.
ZURICH (SUI): Isaac Makwala was one of the London championshipsâ tragic heroes: A promising contender for the medals, the sprinter was quarantined after a Norovirus outbreak and thus forced to withdraw from the 400m final. Still weakened later in the championships, he also missed out on a medal in the 200m. In Zurich, he is determined to triumph in the IAAF Diamond League 400m final. His main rival is bound to be Jason Gardiner, who is the second athlete besides Makwala to have broken 44 seconds this year.
ZURICH (SUI): The womenâs 400 m hurdles race may not be an IAAF Diamond League final event, but it is still certain to raise the decibel levels at Letzigrund Stadium. The line-up includes Lea Sprunger, who placed fifth in London. Also in the race will be world championship half-finalist Petra Fontanive, who will bow out of her athletics career in front of her home crowd on Thursday night. Other Swiss athletes to compete are World championship finalist Kariem Hussein (400 m Hurdles), Mujinga Kambundji (200m), Selina BĂŒchel (800m), Fabienne Schlumpf (3000m SC), GĂ©raldine Ruckstuhl (javelin throw), Alex Wilson (100m), Dominik Alberto (pole vault), as well as Benjamin GfĂ¶hler (long jump) along with women 4x100m relay team.
ZURICH (SUI): Zurich Main Train Station will see again a high class pole vault competition on Wednesday, this time by women. Main name is Olympic winner and World champion Ekaterini Stefanidi along with other London medalists Sandi Morris, Yarisley Silva and Robeilys Peinado. Home crowd will cheer for national record holder Nicole Buchler and European U23 Champion Angelica Moser.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Papa Massata Diack, Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov remain banned for life from any involvement in athletics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeals against the IAAF Ethics Commission decision last year. The CAS arbitrators came to the conclusion that based on the accumulative evidence, the charges against Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov were established beyond reasonable doubt and that the sanctions imposed should be upheld.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF welcomed the Court of Arbitration for Sportâs (CAS) ruling to dismiss the appeals of Valentin Balakhnichev, Alexei Melnikov and Papa Massata Diack against the IAAF Ethics Boardâs decision of 7 January 2016 that they should each be banned for life from any further involvement in any way in the sport of track and field, informs a release. IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: âIâd like to thank CAS for their hard work and diligence in assessing and upholding the IAAF Ethics Boardâs decision. Todayâs ruling sends a clear message that anyone who attempts to corrupt our sport will be brought to justice.â
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Sally Pearson said she ran the 100m flat in the Birmingham Diamond League to âblow the cobwebs outâ ahead of the Diamond League final in Zurich. âThey were going to have the hurdles here but then they changed it, so my agent said I'll see if I can get you in the 100m and it's nice to get the legs going after London and it'll hopefully blow the cobwebs out before Zurich,â she said.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad has hinted she might focus on the 100m hurdles next season. âI may have a play around with the shorter sprint hurdles next year - it might be something my coach looks at but it will be nothing too serious,â she said.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Andrew Pozzi might put a premature end to his season after finishing a distant sixth in the 110m hurdles in 13.53. âI have trained full time since London but it's not really there. You work so hard and give so much for major champs and then, if you're disappointed, it is really tough to pick things up again. I have a few more races lined up so I need to have a think now and decide whether to carry on with them and get more race practice ready for next year or whether to take a rest now,â he said.
BERLIN (GER): World 200m champion Ramil Guliyev will step down to the 100m in the ISTAF meeting in Berlin on 27 August, informs organisers. Guliyev faces former European 200m champion Adam Gemili along with Christophe Lemaitre and Julian Reus. The pole vault features reigning world champion Sam Kendricks who faces Renaud Lavillenie, Pawel Wojciechowski and former world champion Shawn Barber while the menâs javelin includes the three medallists from the World Championships (Vetter, Vadlejch, Frydrych) along with Olympic champion Thomas Rohler. In the discus, newly crowned world champion Andrius Gudzius will face Christoph and Robert Harting. Elsewhere, Caster Semenya will go head-to-head with Francine Niyonsaba over non-traditional 600m, world 400m champion Phyllis Francis faces Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Dina Asher-Smith over 200m while home favourites Konstanze Klosterhalfen (1500m), Gesa-Felicitas Krause (3000m steeplechase) and David Storl (shot put) are also confirmed.
NAIROBI (KEN): Violah Jepchumba is aiming to break the world 10km record in the Birell Prague Grand Prix on 9 September, informs The Star. âThis time I have trained well and I am in good shape for a better performance. Early this year, I picked an injury while heading for the Prague Half Marathon where I had planned to set a world record. With the good shape I am enjoying at the moment, I not only plan to defend my title but to also run a world record,â she said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Darya Klishina is planning a full indoor season in 2018 culminating with the World Indoor Championships, informs Sport Express. âI really like jumping indoors. And the winter competitions are the best opportunities to work out technical points. Therefore, I'm not going to miss the upcoming winter season, and the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham will be present in my competitive plan,â she said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former European javelin champion Vera Rebrik will miss the remainder of the season and will resume training in October after injury forced her to retire in qualifying at the World Championships, informs Sport Express. "After returning to Moscow, Vera underwent a medical examination. I did not really talk to her, but I realised that the athlete had a pinched nerve in her shoulder. Nothing terrible has happened, in October we will begin to train and prepare for the next season,â said her coach Yaroslav Litvinov.
LEIPZIG (GER): David Storl has split with his long-time coach Sven Lang, informs Leichtathletik.de. Lang guided Storl to his first global title at the World U18 Championships in 2007 as well as to his two world titles and three European titles.
EBERSTADT (GER): World high jump silver medallist Danil Lysenko will compete in Eberstadt on 27 August, informs Sport Express. Men competition will be held on Sunday, women on Saturday at the 39th edition of the event. Main star will be Mutaz Essa Barshim who became on Sunday in Birmingham with World leading 240 the first man in history to clear 2.40m or higher for 5 consecutive years. Also jumping London bronze medalist Majed Ghazal along with Robbie Grabarz and young star Maksim Nedasekau. In women competition main names Kamila Licwinko, Yulia Levchenko from London medalists. Also there Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, Alessia Trost, Mirela Demireva and Michaela Hruba.
ANGERS (FRA): Top French stars confirmed their participation at the traditonal decanation match on September 9 in Angers. World champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, Jimmy Vicaut and Renaud Lavillenie.
ATLANTA (USA): Hurdles Olympic winner and World champion Omar McLeod finished the season and will no more compete in 2017. He will also pass on the Diamond League final in Brussels. Confirms his agent Claude Bryan.
TALLINN (EST, Aug 18): Liina Tsernov won one mile here in 4:36.36 PB. She also works in agents area with Estonian agent Aivar Karotamm.
SCHORTENS (GER, Aug 19): Kenyan Ezra Kering in 47:29 and his team mate Naomi Jebet in 52:27 course record won the 31st Internationaler Schortenser JEVER-FUN-LAUF at 10 miles.
PARKERSBURG (USA, Aug 19): Julius Kogo in 63:09 and Biruktayit Degefa in 73:44 were the winners of the 31st News and Sentinel Half-Marathon. For Kogo a 7th win here. Informs RRW.
OFFENBURG (GER): Javelin World champion 2013 Christina Obergfoll became for second time mother as her son Noah was born last Thursday. Father is former javelin thrower and current national javelin coach Boris Obergfoll. First son Marlon was born in 2014. Both mother and the small boy are doing good.
VIENNA (AUT): At age of 58 died former top distance runner Carina Lilge-Leutner. She was first Austrian winner at Vienna City Marathon in 1987 and national record holder in marathon (2:37:09 in Chicago 1986).