The IAAF Diamond League finals are here. With the Olympics now firmly behind us, many athletes will be looking to finish their season on a high. There are double points on offer, meaning a number of Diamond Races have the potential to go down to the wire. Here’s a brief rundown of the current state of affairs going into Zurich.
Dafne Schippers (200m), Sandra Perkovic (discus), Kendra Harrison (100m hurdles), Ivana Spanovic (long jump) and Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault) only need to compete in Zurich to win their Diamond League Trophies. All five of them have an unassailable lead of over 20 points in their respective events.
Whilst some Diamond Races are all but over, others will go down to the wire. Incredibly, there are 39 athletes who are still able to win a Diamond Trophy in Zurich.
If all goes to plan then Renaud Lavillenie will win his seventh Diamond League crown. The Frenchman has won every Diamond League since its inception in 2010.
The prize money that each winner of a Diamond Race will receive – in US Dollars.
Winners of a Diamond League event will usually receive 10 points, but the victorious athletes in Zurich and Brussels will receive 20 points. Game changer.
Long jumper, Ivana Spanovic will become the first ever Serbian track and field athlete to win a Diamond League competition.
The number of Diamond Trophies which are up for grabs in Zurich.
The age of Bernard Lagat. This will be the legendary distance runner’s last race, in Zurich, as he is set to retire from the track at the end of the season.
The number of new Olympic champions that will be in action in Switzerland.