Of the dozens of Athletissima match-ups that feature prominently on tomorrow evening’s IAAF Diamond League meeting programme, among the most intriguing is the one pitting Matthew Centrowitz of the US, the freshly-minted Olympic 1500m champion, and Asbel Kiprop, Kenya’s three-time world 1500m champion, over the rarely-run 1000m distance.
Renaud Lavillenie is seeking to become the first man since US vaulter Bob Richards 60 years ago to successfully defend an Olympic men’s pole vault title.
Once again, the pole vault will take pride of place at the Weltklasse Zürich meeting, the first of the IAAF Diamond League finals in 2016, on Thursday 1 September.
There’s plenty of tradition associated with Oslo’s ExxonMobil Bislett Games, not the least of which is the strawberry party hosted annually on the eve of the meeting by the mayor of the Norwegian capital in the city’s historic city hall.
The pole vault competition at this year's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo, the famous, ExxonMobil Bislett Games, on 9 June will see a terrific pole vault contest that brings together London 2012 Olympic Games champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie and 2015 world champion Shawn Barber, the meeting organisers announced on Tuesday.
Bogdan Bondarenko, the 2013 world champion in the high jump, and world pole vault champion Shawn Barber have joined the fields for Lausanne’s Athletissima meeting set for 25 August, the 11th stop of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series.
After lowering his colours to Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on Saturday, world champion Shawn Barber will be hoping for a change of fortune at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Beijing on Wednesday (18).
The Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki will feature two world champions in the shape of Canada's Shawn Barber in the pole vault and USA's Tianna Bartoletta in the long jump, as well as a number of medallists from the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 at the third IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2016 on Sunday (8).
World champion Shawn Barber set a world lead of 5.91m when winning the pole vault at the Texas Relays, which came to a conclusion on Saturday (2). His clearance was a stadium and meeting record, though just like at the IAAF World Indoor Championships two weeks ago, the Canadian's path to upper heights wasn’t without setbacks.
Eight world champions and seven Olympic champions are among the galaxy of international stars heading for the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on 14 May, organisers announced on Thursday (31).