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Following the success of the Oslo track meet, the Impossible Games in June, the annual Weltklasse meet in Zurich is happening today in different venues. The event will take place in part in the Letzigrund Stadium.
It will also involve Noah Lyles, Sam Kendricks, Omar McLeod, Christian Taylor, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Allyson Felix and Katerina Stefanidi.
A quick reminder of the technology behind Thursday’s #InspirationGames…
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In eight different events, athletes will be representing the regions of: Europe, North America and the Rest of the World.
Twenty-six-year-old Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas said: “It’s been a weird and tough year, but I think we’re all going to have some fun with this and put down some great performances.”
She opened her 2020 season last weekend by running a 50.52sec 400m and a 22.61 finish in the 200m.
The Inspiration Games are supported by the Wanda Diamond League.
Prizing works as follows: $200,000 budget:
-$10,000 First place
– $6000 Second place
– $4000 Third place
Lyles will race the 200m against France’s Olympic bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre and 2016 European 100m champion Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.
In the 100-yard dash, Canada’s Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse will take on the French European record holder Jimmy Vicaut and Olympic 110m hurdles champion McLeod.
There will also be a 3x100m relay, with Felix, Kambundji and the Dutch two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers.
A three-way link-up will also be in place for a men’s triple jump and men’s and women’s pole vault contests.
“We’re athletes, we want to compete,” said Greece’s Olympic pole vault champion Stefanidi, who like Felix will be competing at the Mt SAC track.