Ten European champions to compete in the Zurich Diamond League

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Dina Asher-Smith smashed her British record with 10.85 to win the 100m title at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships

Ten recently crowned individual European champions from the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships - and 62 European athletes in total - have qualified for the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday 30 August.

The Zurich Diamond League - or the Weltklasse - is the first of two Diamond League finals with the second taking place the following evening in Brussels. Athletes will be competing not only for the Diamond Trophy but also for 40,000 USD.

Dina Asher-Smith won three gold medals at the European Championships, setting British records in both the 100m and 200m.

Asher-Smith is hoping to produce another sub-10.9 clocking before the end of the season and the Brit faces seven athletes with sub-11 second season’s bests including Marie-Josee Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast, who shares the world lead in the 100m with Asher-Smith at 10.85.

Ramil Guliyev added the European title to his world title in Berlin with a championship record of 19.76 in the 200m and the Turk will go head-to-head with the USA’s Noah Lyles who is unbeaten over 200m in 2018 and holds the world lead with 19.65.

 

Karsten Warholm also added the European title to his world title in Berlin and the 22-year-old will be looking to take advantage of the absence of world-leader Abderrahman Samba from Qatar, who is competing at the Asian Games in Jakarta.

Warholm won the European title in Berlin in a European U23 record of 47.64 but the fastest on paper is Kyron McMaster from the British Virgin Islands with 47.54. McMaster also narrowly defeated Warholm in Zurich twelve months ago, 48.07 to 48.22.

Fresh from winning the first Diamond League event of her career in Birmingham, European champion Lea Sprunger will be looking for a good performance on home soil in the 400m hurdles; recently crowned European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith is the sole European entrant in the 400m; and European champion Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands lines up in the 5000m.

Three full podiums from the European Championships will be returning for the Zurich Diamond League. Ekaterini Stefanidi successfully defended her pole vault title with a championship record of 4.85m in Berlin and she is joined in Zurich by silver and bronze medallists Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou and Holly Bradshaw.

US vaulters Sandi Morris and Katie Nageotte - who cleared 4.80m in Beckum on Sunday - will challenge the European vaulters.

 

European gold and silver medallists Thomas Rohler and Andreas Hofmann will face bronze medallist Magnus Kirt from Estonia in the javelin again and Poland’s Michal Haratyk faces a stellar line-up in the shot put including Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and world indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh. Haratyk recently beat Walsh in Chorzow, 21.33m to 21.28m.

In the high jump, reigning world and European high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene faces Mirela Demireva and Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, the silver and bronze medallists behind the Russian in Berlin. Demireva is also the only woman to have beaten Lasitskene since 2016.

*This article has been amended after Jakob Ingebrigtsen's withdrawal from the 1500m due to illness.