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First, there is the Brussels meet this Friday, then the final on September 8 and 9 for the last Diamond League meet of the season. Zurich is offering up at least 17 Olympic gold medallists. It will be the last time many athletes can be seen competing until spring 2022.
According to the Wanda Diamond League website, six events in Zurich will be able to boast a full Olympic podium, including the women’s 100m and women’s 3000m steeplechase.
The spotlight will once again be on the Jamaican sprinters. Can they once again sweep the podium as they did at the Tokyo Olympics as well as Eugene and Lausanne Diamond League meets? Elaine Thompson-Herah ran the second-fastest 100m in history in Eugene. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce followed up that performance with the third-fastest performance in history in Lausanne.
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Thompson-Herah has said that she feels Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49 is attainable, after running 10.54. Zurich will be her last chance this year. Fraser-Pryce has recorded a 10.60 performance. Also in the running is Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who has finished third three times and took bronze during the Tokyo Olympic Games. she has run as fast as 10.76.
Youth movement continues
Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Olympic 1500m gold medallist, will be toing the line. The 20-year-old will apparently race twice in the 1500m and 5000m, to try to join Allyson Felix and Caterine Ibargüen of athletes who have won two Diamond Trophies in a single season.
Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse will also be racing in two events in both the 100m and 200m. He picked up gold in the 200m and bronze in the 100m.
Armand Duplantis, the world record holder (6.18m) and Olympic gold medallist in the pole vault will be seeking yet another Diamond League victory. The 21-year-old has won 11 times in the DL.
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