News20 Aug 2013

Twelve World champions set to compete in Stockholm – IAAF Diamond League


Meseret Defar wins the 5000m at the 2010 Diamond League meeting in Stockholm (© Getty Images)

The IAAF World Championships came to a close last Sunday and many of the newly-crowned World champions will compete in Stockholm on 22 August at the DN Galan, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League.

Sweden’s own World champion at 1500m, Abeba Aregawi, will step down to the 800m where she will face the World champion in that event, Eunice Sum of Kenya. The pair have already competed against each other once this year, back in May at the Diamond League meeting in Doha where they both posted their fastest times of the season over 1500m.

The World champion in the men’s 1500m, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, will also be in Stockholm. Among those he’ll be up against are Olympic silver medallist Leonel Manzano and World 800m bronze medallist Ayanleh Souleiman.

Another World champion set to compete in Stockholm is German javelin thrower Christina Obergfoll, who will be celebrating her 32nd birthday on the day of the competition. Young Swedish talent Sofi Flink, who set a national record to book her place in the final at the World Championships, will be one of Obergfoll’s opponents in Stockholm.

Other World champions from Moscow to be recently added to the DN Galan line-up include 5000m winner Meseret Defar, 400m victor LaShawn Merritt, High Jump champion Svetlana Shkolina and Triple Jump winner Caterine Ibarguen.

They join the previously-announced list of US sprint hurdler David Oliver, New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams, Russian long jumper Aleksandr Menkov and Czech 400m hurdler Zuzana Hejnova, making 12 World champions in total that will compete in the Swedish capital.

“It is fantastic to be able to present so many World champions and medallists from Moscow,” said Anders Tallgren, head of operations at DN Galan. “It bodes well for an exciting competition with some interesting grudge matches.”

Organisers for the IAAF

IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 10 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
New York, USA – 25 May
Eugene, USA – 1 Jun
Rome, ITA – 6 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 26-27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep