News16 Apr 2018

First stars confirmed for Lausanne – IAAF Diamond League


Mutaz Essa Barshim at the 2016 Diamond League meeting in Lausanne (© Gladys von der Laage)

With three months until Athletissima on 5 July, organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne have confirmed the presence of five global championships and a host of top Swiss athletes.

USA’s world 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman won the world indoor 60m title last month and broke the world record at the same distance. The 22-year-old, who boasts outdoor PBs of 9.82 and 19.85, will contest the 200m in Lausanne in what will be his first ever race in Switzerland.

Renaud Lavillenie, meanwhile, is no stranger to Lausanne. The pole vault world record-holder and world indoor champion will be hoping to claim a fifth victory at Athletissima.

World and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi will compete in the women’s pole vault and will face Switzerland’s top two vaulters: Nicole Buchler and Angelica Moser.

World high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim will be aiming to win in Lausanne for a second consecutive year, while world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya will step up in distance to contest the 1500m, a distance at which she is the world bronze medallist and Commonwealth champion.

Switzerland’s world indoor 60m bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundji will run the 100m, while two-time European indoor champion Selina Buchel will contest the 800m.

Organisers for the IAAF

2018 IAAF Diamond League calendar
4 May – Doha, QAT
12 May – Shanghai, CHN
26 May – Eugene, USA
31 May – Rome, ITA
7 Jun – Oslo, NOR
10 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
30 Jun – Paris, FRA
5 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
13 Jul – Rabat, MAR
20 Jul – Monaco, MON
21-22 Jul – London, GBR
18 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
30 Aug – Zurich, SUI
31 Aug – Brussels, BEL