Eleven European champions to compete in the Zurich Diamond League
Eleven recently crowned individual European champions from the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships - and 62 European athletes in total - have qualified for the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday 30 August.
The Zurich Diamond League - or the Weltklasse - is the first of two Diamond League finals with the second taking place the following evening in Brussels. Athletes will be competing not only for the Diamond Trophy but also for 40,000 USD.
Ramil Guliyev added the European title to his world title in Berlin with a championship record of 19.76 in the 200m and the Turk will go head-to-head with the USA’s Noah Lyles who is unbeaten over 200m in 2018 and holds the world lead with 19.65.
Dina Asher-Smith won three gold medals at the European Championships, setting British records in both the 100m and 200m.
Karsten Warholm also added the European title to his world title in Berlin and the 22-year-old will be looking to take advantage of the absence of world-leader Abderrahman Samba from Qatar, who is competing at the Asian Games in Jakarta.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen added two gold medals to Norway’s tally in Berlin and the 17-year-old will race over 1500m in Zurich where he is joined by older brother and world bronze medallist Filip who is returning to form after a back injury scuppered his prospects in Berlin.
Fresh from winning the first Diamond League event of her career in Birmingham, European champion Lea Sprunger will be looking for a good performance on home soil in the 400m hurdles; recently crowned European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith is the sole European entrant in the 400m; and European champion Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands lines up in the 5000m.
Three full podiums from the European Championships will be returning for the Zurich Diamond League. Ekaterini Stefanidi successfully defended her pole vault title with a championship record of 4.85m in Berlin and she is joined in Zurich by silver and bronze medallists Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou and Holly Bradshaw.
US vaulters Sandi Morris and Katie Nageotte - who cleared 4.80m in Beckum on Sunday - will challenge the European vaulters.
European gold and silver medallists Thomas Rohler and Andreas Hofmann will face bronze medallist Magnus Kirt from Estonia in the javelin again and Poland’s Michal Haratyk faces a stellar line-up in the shot put including Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and world indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh. Haratyk recently beat Walsh in Chorzow, 21.33m to 21.28m.
In the high jump, reigning world and European high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene faces Mirela Demireva and Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, the silver and bronze medallists behind the Russian in Berlin. Demireva is also the only woman to have beaten Lasitskene since 2016.