Gianmarco Tamberi and Joe Kovacs at Weltklasse Zurich 2022 - Diamond League (© Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
It was well worth it to do well in the Diamond League final in Zurich, as the winners will receive the iconic trophy and a $30,000 cash prize, plus a wild card to the 2023 World Championships in Budapest.
During the Wednesday-Thursday event, a total of 32 athletes will be able to win their tickets for the 2023 event, which will take place at the National Athletics Centre from 19-27 August 2023. On the first day of the season finale event, six places have already been allocated.
Both Joe Kovacs and Gianmarco Tamberi are crowd favourites in Hungary since their success at the Gyulai István Memorial - Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix in August. In downtown Zurich on Wednesday evening, Kovacs won the shot put with a stunning throw of 23.23 metres. The two-time world champion with Hungarian ancestry will now be in the race for his third gold medal.
Tamberi fought a very exciting competition with JuVaughn Harrison in the high jump, from which he came out victorious. The Olympic champion Italian left his best jump of the year for one of the last big competitions of the year: with a jump of 2.34 metres, he has already booked his flight to Budapest, where he will give a memorable show for nearly 30,000 fans next summer.
Chase Ealey in the women's shot put, Nina Kennedy in the women's pole vault and Beatrice Chebet and Nicholas Kipkorir in the 5000m are all set to be on the starting list for the World Championships Budapest 23.
On Thursday evening, 26 more world stars will be announced who, after the Diamond League final, will no longer have to worry about whether they will be in the Hungarian capital for the biggest sporting event of 2023.