• Sidorova, Rojas and Duplantis highlight Diamond League Final in Zurich
Anzhelika Sidorova, Yulimar Rojas and Armand Duplantis were in the spotlight at the Weltklasse Zurich in front of 20000 enthusiastic spectators, who packed the historic Letzigrund Stadium.
Women’s pole vault:
Anzhelika Sidorova became the fourth woman in history to clear the 5 metres barrier in the pole vault, taking the win with 5.01m. Sidorova set her previous PB of 4.95m when she won the world title in Doha.
Only Katerina Stefanidi and Anzhelika Sidorova remained in the competition in the women’s pole vault, as the bar went up to 4.84m. Sidorova had a clean sheet clearing all heights at 4.57m, 4.67m, 4.77m, 4.84m and 4.91m at the first attempt before setting the Diamond League record and the the world seasonal best with 5.01m in her third attempt. Stefanidi cleared 4.67m and 4.77m in the first attempt before failing one attempt at 4.84m and two tries at 4.91m. Slovenia’s Tina Sutej cleared 4.67m in the first attempt before failing three attempts at 4.77m. Olympic champion Katie Nageotte made three fouls at the opening height of 4.57m.
Katerina Sidorova: “I think this is the right place to jump high. Heading to the stadium I did not feel like it was coming today. I think we are all a bit tired already after a long season. I still cannot believe I got over the five- metre barrier today”.
Men’s pole vault:
Six athletes were still in contention when the bar was up to 5.93m. Duplantis had a clean sheet by clearing 5.58m, 5.83m and 5.93m before improving Igor Trandenkov’s meeting record with 5.98m at the second time of asking. Duplantis set the second meeting record of the evening by clearing 6.06m in the first attempt. It was the first ever jump over the 6 metres in the history of the Letzigrund Stadium.
Armand Duplantis: “The main goal was just to win that Diamond as I have not done it yet. I am really happy with the way I jumped.I had some really good jumps. I would have loved to break the record and I really felt like I have in me this season. I think I am going to look back at the season and I am not going to have too many complaints. The 6.06m jump felt good. Anytime I am able to jump 6m, I cannot complain. Mission accomplished”
Sam Kendricks cleared all heights up to 5.83m in the first attempt and 5.93m at the second time of asking. Timur Morgunov vaulted 5.93m in the second attempt before failing three attempts at 5.98m. Ernest John Obiena took fourth place with 5.83 beating Christopher Nilsen and KC Lightfoot on countback.
Women’s triple jump:
Olympic champion and world record holder Yulimar Rojas improved the meeting record twice to 15.27m in the first round and 15.48m in the final attempt to claim her first Diamond Trophy. Rojas produced her third jump over the 15 meres with 15.22m in the fifth round.
Rojas set the fourth best jump in history. It was her 16th jump over the 15 metres barrier in 2021. The South American owns six of the top seven jumps in history.
Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts, who won the Diamond League title in 2019 in Zurich, finished second with 14.64m beating Kimberly Williams (14.47m).
Yulimar Rojas: “I feel I have always demonstrated that I can be a queen. I can lift myself up, regardless of the circumstances. Today was not an exception. I was able to take the Diamond League Trophy, and I am very pleased to have the chance of being here and to show dreams come true”.
Women’s 100 metres:
Five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah crowned a fantastic season with a meeting record of 10.65 to win her first Diamond League title since 2017. Dina Asher Smith finished second improving her seasonal best to 10.87. Olympic finalist Ajla Del Ponte took third place in 10.93 missing her national record by 0.03. Darryl Neita from Great Britain and Mujinga Kambundji from Switzerland improved their PB to 10.93 and 10.94 respectively.
Elaine Thompson: “It has been a crazy season, a long one. I was so consistent because I was just keeping the faith in me and not allow any negativity. I am really happy and grateful. I am tired but it is my job. I would describe the season with one word: amazing,yet it had ups and downs. I have to give God thanks that I am healthy and that I could finish such a long season. The audience was very warm and cheerful. I wished we had so many people to cheer in Tokyo on the finish line”.
Women’s 200 metres:
Christine Mboma from Namibia won her first Diamond Trophy at the age of 18 breaking the world under 20 record and the African record with 21.78. Shericka Jackson improved her PB by 0.01 to 21.81 to finish seconda head of world 200m champion Dina Asher Smith (22.19) and Mujinga Kambundji (22.27). Darryl Neita improved her PB to 22.81.
Men’s 100 metres:
Olympic silver medallist Fred Kerley won the second Diamond Trophy of his career and the first in the 100m in 9.87 beating Olympic 200m champion André De Grasse, who equalled his PB to 9.89. Kerley had already won the Diamond Trophy in the 400m in Zurich in 2018.
Fred Kerley: “I still have got the work to do but I cannot complain. If these guys do well, I need to do well too. I am glad to finish this season out strong. The target for the next season is to keep on making history. I won my first Diamond League here in 2018. I am pleased about Zurich. I have two more races to finish out the season”.
Kenneth Bednarek won a close 200m final in 19.70 holding off André De Grasse by 0.02. Bednarek clocked his 11th sub-20 of his very consistent season. Fred Kerley also broke the 20 seconds barrier to finish third with 19.83m.
Kenneth Bednarek: “The first thing on my mind was the Olympics, and after that, the Diamond League. At the beginning I set certain goals. I wanted to get the Diamond League Trophy and I wanted to get the gold medal, but I had to settle with the silver. It’s been an amazing season, I was consistent in the 200m and I won the Diamond Trophy”.
Men’s 400m hurdles:
Olympic and world champion Karsten Warholm from Norway defended his Diamond League title in 47.35 to crown a fantastic season, in which he broke two world records with 46.70 in Oslo and 45.94 in the Olympic final in Tokyo. Alison Dos Santos dipped under the 48 seconds with 47.81 beating Kyron McMaster (48”24).
Karsten Warholm: “I had a plan and my plan was to go very hard the first eight hurdles, and after that, I just going to tight it all. That was the important thing, to get the win, and to be able to do it was a big achievement for me”.
Men’s high jump:
Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi crowned a spectacular season with his first Diamond Trophy after winning the Zurich Final with 2.34m. Andiy Protsenko, who won the Diamond Trophy in 2019 in Zurich, took second place with 2.30m. The Italian showman had a clean sheet up to 2.30m before clearing 2.32m and 2.34m in his second attempt.
Gianmarco Tamberi: “It was an amazing night. The last 20 days were really like I was everywhere, the sponsors, the television, doing many things and I was really scared that I could very tired for the competition today. I am really happy to win the diamond because I have never done it. When I cleared 2.30m, I understood I could jump even more. I did not have fun competing without fans. High jump is not funny without the fans”.
Women’s 400m hurdles:
Olympic bronze medallist Femke Bol won her first Diamond Trophy setting her third meeting record of the season with 52.80. The 21-year-old Dutch hurdler won her fifth Diamond League race this season. For the fifth time this seaosn Bol beat Shamier Little, who clocked 53.50. Anna Ryzhikova and Viktoriya Tkachuk finished third and fourth with with 53.70 and 53.75.
Women’s 1500 metres:
Faith Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan battled it out in a thrilling 1500 metres race. Double olympic champion Kipyegon edged out Hassan by 0.22 in a dramatic sprint in the finish line in 3:58.33 to win her first Diamond Trophy since 2017.
Men’s 1500 metres:
Timothy Cheruiyot held off olympic gold medallist Jakob Ingebrigtsen in another thrilling 1500m battle in 3:31.37 to claim his fourth consecutive Diamond Trophy. Oceanian record holder Stewart McSweyn from Australia took third place in 3:32.14 beating his compatriot Oliver Hoare (3:32.66) and Mohamed Katir (3:32.77).
Christin Hussong and Johannes Vetter scored a German double in the javelin throw. Hussong threw the javelin to 65.26m in the sixth round to beat Olympic bronze medallist Kelsey Lee Barber (62.68m) and Nikola Ogrodnikova (61.54m).
Vetter claimed his first Diamond Trophy with a second-round attempt of 89.11m. Julian Weber completed the perfect evening for German javelin throw by finishing second with 87.03m ahead of Jakub Vadlejch (85.22m).
British 19-year-old rising star Keely Hodgkinson crowned her very successful season with her first Diamond League win in 1:57.98 beating Kate Grace and Natoya Goule, who shared the same time of 1:58.34. Jemma Reekie finished fourth in 1:58.61.
Emmanuel Korir followed up his Olympic gold medal with his second Diamond Trophy and the first since 2018 after crossing the finish-line in 1:44.56 ahead of Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot (1:44.96), 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy (1:45.21) and Marco Arop (1:45.23).
Men’s 3000m steeplechase:
Olympic gold medallist Soufiane El Bakkali just missed out on a first career Diamond Trophy, as Benjamin Kigen pulled away in the final straight to clinch the win in 8:17.45. El Bakkali crossed the finish-line in 8:17.70.
Men’s triple jump:
Olympic champion Pedro Pablo Pichardo from Portugal took the lead with 17.26m in the first round and bounded out to 17.70m in the final round to win the second Diamond League title of his career. Fabrice Zango leapt to 17.20m in the fifth round to take second place.
Women’s 100m hurdles:
Olympic fourth placer Tobi Amusan claimed a PB and African record of 12.42 to win the Diamond Trophy. Nadine Visser finished second improving her own national record to 12.51m. Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper third place with 12.55.
Men’s 110 metres hurdles:
US Devon Allen edged olympic bronze medallist Ronald Levy with the same time of 13.06 in a very close race to claim his first Diamond Trophy. Olympic champion Hansle Parchment completed the top-three with 13.17.
Women’s 400 metres:
This year’s US Trials winner Quanera Hayes took her first Diamond League title in the women’s 400 metres in 49.88 beating Olympic silver medallist Marileidy Paulino, who also dipped under the 50 seconds barrier with 49.96. Sada Williams finished third with 50.24 holding off Stephanie Ann McPherson by 0.01.
Men’s 400 metres:
Olympic 4x400 relay champion Michael Cherry threw himself across the finish-line to clinch a very close win in 44.41 edging out Kirani James by 0.01. Cherry scored his second consecutive Diamond League win one week after his victory in Brussels in 44.03.
Women’s 3000 metres steeplechase:
Norah Jeruto won her second consecutive Diamond League win after Eugene in 9:07.33 ahead over Hyvin Kyeng (9:08.55) and Olympic silver medallist Courtney Frerichs (9:08.74).
Women’s discus throw:
Valarie Allman took the lead with a throw of 66.48m in the first round before fouling her next two attempts. The Tokyo Olympic champion threw the discus to 69.20m in the fifth round to strengthen her lead over Sandra Perkovic, who produced her best throw of 67.22m in the sixth round. World champion Yaimé Perez finished third with 64.83m.
Men’s discus throw:
Olympic and world champion Daniel Stahl took the win in the men’s discus with 66.49m beating European Under 23 champion Kiistjan Ceh (65.39) and Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres (65.33m).