Norwegian stars may threaten long-standing continental marks at this week’s Diamond League in Switzerland
The Athletissima assembly in Lausanne on Thursday (Aug 26) is a part of the Diamond League collection. Maybe essentially the most intriguing occasion of the evening, although, is an occasion that’s not a part of the Diamond League programme – the lads’s 400m.
Karsten Warholm will take pleasure in a uncommon race on the flat with no limitations in his approach. His goal? Thomas Schönlebe’s long-standing European report of 44.33 which was set when the East German gained the 1987 world title in Rome forward of Harmless Egbunike of Nigeria and Butch Reynolds of america.
The mark has stood for 34 years. Warholm’s greatest time is 44.87 which dates again to 2017. Nonetheless the 25-year-old Norwegian took down Kevin Younger’s long-standing world 400m hurdles report earlier in Oslo this summer time after which annihilated his personal mark with an extra enchancment to 45.94 within the Olympic remaining in Tokyo this month.
What’s extra, Warholm equalled Schönlebe’s European indoor 400m report of 45.05 in Glasgow in 2019. The omens are good and in Lausanne he faces a discipline that’s led by Isaac Makwala – a 43.72 man who was seventh within the Olympic remaining.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen additionally has a European report in his sights – Mohammed Mourhit’s 3000m mark of seven:26.62 which was set 21 years in the past in Monaco and one-year earlier than he was suspended for utilizing EPO. Ingebrigtsen ran 7:27.05 in Rome final yr when he completed shut behind Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo.
Kiplimo is once more within the discipline on Thursday together with Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia, Canadian Mohammed Ahmed, American Paul Chelimo, Australian Stewart McSweyn and Ethiopia’s Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Lamecha Girma.
Andy Butchart, in the meantime, can be having a crack at Mo Farah’s UK report of seven:32.62 in what guarantees to be a quick race.
Recent from her gorgeous 10.54 100m run within the Diamond League in Eugene on Saturday, Elaine Thompson-Herah travels again to Europe to race over the space once more. Her rivals embrace fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, in-form Swiss sprinters Ajla Del Ponte and Mujinga Kambundji, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast and Britain’s Daryll Neita.
The assembly truly kicks off with a metropolis centre excessive leap contest between Olympic medallists Mutaz Essa Barshim, Gianmarco Tamberi and Maksim Nedasekau on Wednesday (Aug 25) in Lausanne. It acts as a prelude to the principle occasion on Thursday and can see a rematch of the lads who famously shared gold in Tokyo.
Again within the stadium on Thursday, the sector occasions see triple leap world record-holder Yulimar Rojas in motion, in addition to German javelin star Johannes Vetter and shot put giants Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs, Tom Walsh and Darlan Romani.
Within the pole vault Olympic champion Mondo Duplantis leads the line-up whereas there’s a welcome return for Sam Kendricks, the American two-time world champion who missed the Video games attributable to coronavirus this month.
Ese Brume of Nigeria and Ivana Spanovic of Serbia are a part of a powerful girls’s lengthy leap discipline together with British Olympic finalists Jazmin Sawyers and Abigail Irozuru.
Whereas Warholm is just not in hurdles motion, the ladies’s 400m hurdles encompasses a conflict between Olympic silver and bronze medallists Dalilah Muhammad and Femke Bol, whereas Switzerland’s former European champion Lea Sprunger will take pleasure in her remaining race.
At 110m hurdles, Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica faces, amongst others, Britain’s Andy Pozzi.
A powerful males’s 200m line-up sees Kenny Bednarek and Fred Kerley of america taking over world 400m champion Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas.
Elsewhere, Freweyni Gebreezibeher – the Ethiopian who was fourth within the Olympic 1500m remaining – heads a metric mile discipline that sees Britain’s Olympic 800m fourth-placer Jemma Reekie stepping up in distance.
Different Brits in motion embrace Jodie Williams within the 400m and Ellie Baker within the 800m – each being non-Diamond League occasions.
Surprisingly there aren’t any Brits, although, within the males’s 800m, which incorporates the highest seven within the Olympic remaining plus Marco Arop of Canada, who gained the occasion in Eugene final weekend.
For viewers within the UK the assembly is on BBC2 from 7-9pm (BST).
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