29. October 2023
Swiss Diamond League Athletics: A Review of the 2023 Athletissima Events
The Track and Field Switzerland Diamond League Athletic event is one of the most prestigious series in the world, featuring the best athletes from around the globe. Eyes will turn towards the upcoming Diamond League UK, where the Anniversary Games will be held next year in London.
The 2023 season is still fresh and consisted of 14 meetings, including two in Switzerland: Athletissima in Lausanne and Weltklasse in Zurich. Some of the most thrilling performances and exciting rivalries of the year were showcased at this event. Here is a review of the highlights from Athletissima – Lausanne.
The Athletissima meeting took place on the 30th of June 2023 at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne. It was the seventh stop of the diamond league season and featured 16 disciplines, eight for men and eight for women. Some of the notable results were:
200m: Letsile Tebogo, a world U20 silver and gold medalist, defeated Jereem Richards (20.11) and Joseph Fahnbulleh in the men’s 200m (20.21).
1500m: In the men’s 1500-meter race, a meeting record was broken by Olympic champion from Norway Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who won in 3:28.72, beating out Lamecha Girma, who had just broken the world record for the 3000-meter steeplechase. Josh Kerr, an Olympic bronze winner from Great Britain, arrived after them in third place in 3:29.64.
3000/5000m: Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda, the Olympic champion, came in second in 12:42.19, ahead of Berihu Aregawi of Ethiopia, who ran the fifth-fastest men’s 5000m in history in a time of 12:40.45. By edging out his fellow Ethiopian Telahun Haile Bekele by only 0.01 seconds (12:49.80 to 12:49.81), Hagos Gebrhiwet took third place.
3000m Steeple: Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya won the women’s 3000m steeplechase in a meeting-record time of 9:05.98, her first competition in her specialty since assisting Faith Kipyegon in setting the world record for the 5000m in Paris.
110m hurdles: Shunsuke Izumiya of Japan, a record holder, prevailed in the men’s 110-meter hurdles competition. Jason Joseph, the hometown favourite who had posted a 13.10 Swiss athletics record for the runner-up position in Florence, was edged out by only 0.01 when he crossed the finish line in 13.22 (-0.1m/s). Frenchman Kwaou-Mathey came in third with a 13.37.
Long Jump: LaQuan Nairn, the long jump winner from the Commonwealth Games, jumped 8.11 meters to win, beating off Yuki Hashioka of Japan and Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou (8.07 meters).
Shot Put: Ryan Crouser, an Olympic and world champion, won by 30 cm despite throwing 22.29 meters, which was less than his European season-opening mark of 22.63 meters in Ostrava three days earlier. He was the only competitor to exceed 22 meters. Tom Walsh, the 2017 world champion from New Zealand, finished in second place with a throw of 21.99 meters, while third place went to Filip Mihaljevic with a throw of 21.42 meters.
Javelin: India’s Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin with a throw of 87.66 meters. Julian Weber of Germany came the closest to beating the Olympic champion, but his spear throw of 87.03 meters in the final round only placed him ahead of Jakub Vadlejch in second place (86.13m).
100m: Another athlete who is amassing an excellent winning streak is Marie-Josee Ta Lou. The world champion, who ran the 100-meter event in 10.75 seconds in Oslo, once again gave her competitors nothing to work with. This time, she won by a significant margin over Britain’s Daryll Neita (11.07) and Germany’s Gina Luckenkemper with a winning mark of 10.88 (-0.8m/s), her sixth wind-legal sub-11.00 run of the season (11.17). Just over an hour later, Ta Lou returned to the track to assist the Cote d’Ivoire team win the 4x100m with a time that set a new national record of 42.23.
800m/1000m: Mary Moraa of Kenya celebrated with dancing after a convincing victory in the 800 meters. The global bronze medalist pulled ahead of Keely Hodgkinson off the last bend and finished in a season’s best time of 1:57.43.
100m hurdles: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, the Olympic winner, continued to make a statement by winning in 12.40 (-1.4m/s), continuing her unbeaten streak this year, ahead of Tobi Amusan, the world champion and holder of the world record, who trailed her to the finish line in 12.47.
400m hurdles: Femke Bol, a Dutch star, dominated the 400-meter hurdles, winning by over two seconds in a meeting-record time of 52.76, two weeks after setting a world record of 52.30 in Oslo. Viivi Lehikoinen of Finland finished in second place with a time of 54.67, while Ayomide Folorunso of Italy came in third with a time of 55.12.
High Jump: Olyslagers missed the bar at 2.02m on her first effort, but with the help of a close-knit, fervent audience, she cleared it on her second attempt, leaping clear and yelling in glee at a performance that matched the local record she established to win her Olympic silver in Tokyo.
Pole Vault: To win the women’s pole vault, American Katie Moon beat her own world record by one centimetre, clearing 4.82m on her third try, beating European champion Wilma Murto.
Javelin: With a throw of 65.70 meters, Mackenzie Little of Australia won the women’s javelin, breaking Haruka Kitaguchi of Japan’s early-leading mark of 63.34 meters established in the first round. Kitaguchi finished in second place with 63.34m, and Lina Muze took third place with 62.58m.
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