Tuesday, June 25, 2013

IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne will feature several 2012 Olympians

by Markos Berhanu The 2013 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne can currently boast of 33 medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games at the 38th edition of the famous Athletissima meeting on 4 July. “With such a high density of champions, the stadium is once more likely to be on fire during the whole evening,” commented meeting director Jacky Delapierre. In the men’s 100m, the attention will definitely be on the American sprinter Tyson Gay, who ran the world-leading time of 9.75 at the US Championships last week. The athletes all competing in this race do all have bests under 10 seconds, apart from Jimmy Vicaut, but the young Frenchman is the reigning indoor European 60m champion and it will be a great opportunity for him to break that barrier. The 200m will see two very promising talents: the USA’s Isiah Young, who booked his ticket for the IAAF World Championships this summer when he finished second at the US Championships in 19.86 this weekend, and his Jamaican namesake Jason Young, who’s best is exactly the same after he ran the same time last year on Swiss soil in Luzern. In the 800m, Botswana’s Nijel Amos, the silver medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will face his fellow teenager and 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships winner, Ethiopia’s Mohamed Aman. Also in the field is the emerging French talent Pierre-Ambroise Bosse. The 5000m is also likely to be run at a very fast pace, with the Ethiopian pair of Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet, the top two in the world this year following their fantastic battle at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome earlier this month.