A look ahead to the action as the Diamond League series moves on to Switzerland
National long jump champion Lorraine Ugen is among the 13 British athletes set to compete at the Athletissima meeting on Thursday as the Diamond League series heads to Lausanne.
Abderrahman Samba, Sergey Shubenkov and Caster Semenya are just some of the international stars also in action at the Stade de la Pontaise.
Ugen leapt on to the cover of this week’s AW magazine following her world-leading 7.05m performance at the British Championships at the weekend and she’ll look to build on that, plus her win at the Stockholm Diamond League, in Switzerland.
Her rivals will include her fellow Briton Shara Proctor, who claimed national bronze in Birmingham, plus world indoor champion Ivana Spanovic and Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta.
The 400m hurdles is again set to be one of the stand-out events as fans look to see what Samba might be capable of following his 46.98 clocking in Paris – just 0.20 off Kevin Young’s world record.
He’ll line up alongside world champion Karsten Warholm, Kyron McMaster and Britain’s Jack Green.
Another 400m hurdles star, Rai Benjamin, contests the 200m after his 19.99 in Paris and will go up against Michael Norman, who won in a 19.84 PB, plus 19.69 man Noah Lyles.
After his false start in Paris, Sergey Shubenkov ran a 110m hurdles world lead of 12.92 to go equal eighth on the world all-time list at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Hungary and he’ll race in Lausanne against Olympic champion Omar McLeod and USA’s world record-holder Aries Merritt.
The women’s 100m features double world silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers.
British 800m champion and national 1500m record-holder Laura Muir races over the longer distance with national 1500m winner Laura Weightman and British 5000m medallists Melissa Courtney and Eilish McColgan. They will go up against world and Olympic 800m champion Semenya, who ran 1:54.25 for two laps in Paris, Sifan Hassan and Dawit Seyaum.
Two-time world indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba races the 800m against Ajeé Wilson and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp.
British 200m bronze medallist Jodie Williams and Commonwealth 100m champion Michelle-Lee Ahye contest the non-Diamond League 200m, while Martyn Rooney and Owen Smith race the 400m B event.
British T54 wheelchair racer Richard Chiassaro will compete against Switzerland’s Marcel Hug over 1500m, while Niall Flannery goes in the 400m hurdles B race.
Christian Taylor and Pedro Pablo Pichardo contest the triple jump, while Sandi Morris, Jenn Suhr and Katerina Stefanidi are in pole vault action. Salwa Eid Naser in the 400m, Tom Walsh in the shot put and Dalilah Muhammad in the 400m hurdles are some of the other athletes competing.
World high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim had also been due to compete but he injured his ankle in Hungary while attempting a world record height of 2.46m, which he came close to on his first try. He won the competition with a 2.40m clearance.
Athletissima action got under way on Wednesday evening with the men’s pole vault, which was won by world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie with a clearance of 5.91m.
A timetable and entry lists can be found here.