7th September 2022
ALL EYES ON ZURICH FOR DIAMOND LEAGUE FINAL
Zurich is the final stop on the Wanda Diamond League after months of exciting track and field action and a number of British athletes will be competing over the two-day event on Wednesday and Thursday.
After 12 rounds, athletes have qualified for the final where they have a chance of winning the prestigious Diamond League trophy and a wildcard for next year’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
On Wednesday (7) evening at 16:35 BST, European and Commonwealth finalist, Amy-Eloise Markovc (coach: Chris Fox, club: Wakefield) will take on the women’s 5000m on a temporary track constructed on Lake Zurich’s shoreline. She was second at the Rabat Diamond League over 3000m earlier this season where she posted a PB of 8:40.32.
On Thursday evening, 13 British athletes will be in track and field action at the Weltklasse Zurich.
World 1500m champion Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) will contest his final 800m (20:31) race of the season as he looks to follow up his victory over the distance in Brussels last Friday. Wightman, a European and Commonwealth medallist this summer, has been prolific on the Diamond League circuit this season having won the 1000m in Monaco in August, and the 1500m in Rabat back in June.
European champion Keely Hodgkinson (Trevor Painter) will face Commonwealth champion Mary Moraa (KEN) in the women’s 800m (20:19) as she looks to retain the Diamond League title that she won last year. The Leigh athlete has won world and Commonwealth silver this season alongside the continental title she secured for last month.
Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) will return to the 1500m (18:59) as she takes on a stacked field including world champion Faith Kipyegon (KEN) in Zurich. She will also face Ciara Mageean (IRE) who pipped her to victory in Belgium last week.
Double European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith (Gary Evans, Birchfield) lines up in the men’s 400m (18:15). He will face Kirani James (GRN) who won world silver in Eugene earlier this year, narrowly ahead of the Briton who secured the bronze medal.
His Compatriot, and European 400m silver medallist, Alex Haydock-Wilson (Benke Blomkvist, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) will race in the pre-programme 400m (17:35).
European and Commonwealth bronze medallist Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge) will contest the red-hot women’s 100m (19:23) where she lines up against Jamaican duo Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson.
Elsewhere, Reece Prescod (Marvin Rowe, Enfield and Haringey) goes in the men’s 100m (19:49). The world 4x100m relay bronze medallist was second in the Diamond League meetings in Oslo and Stockholm earlier this year.
World indoor bronze medallist Lorraine Ugen (Dwight Philips, Thames Valley) competes in the women’s long jump (19:00), while Beth Dobbin (Leon Baptiste, Edinburgh) is the final British athlete in track action in the women’s 200m (20:42), the penultimate event of the meeting.
European silver medallist, Jake Heyward (Mark Rowland, Cardiff) and Olympic bronze medallist, Josh Kerr (Danny Mackey, Edinburgh) contest the men’s 1500m (19:10).
Meanwhile, Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby) and Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) will both race in the unique men’s and women’s wheelchair 3000m pursuit which starts at 17:45 UK time.
The Wanda Diamond League in Zurich is live on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from 16:30 on Wednesday and 18:00 on Thursday. Full listings here.