Zurich, Switzerland — The IAAF Diamond League in Zurich has attracted reigning world champions in all of its 19 disciplines – a track and field meeting that will see some exciting match-ups and renewal of rivalries.
Topping the list of clashes is that of recently crown world champion Yohan Blake against his fellow countryman Asafa Powell, the fastest man over 100-metres this season.
Powell clocked 9.78-seconds leading up to the world championships, but was forced out of Daegu with a sore groin. He admits to not being in the same shape, but is looking forward to clashing against the loaded field, which also includes Walter Dix, the silver medallist and Kim Collins, who won the bronze in Daegu.
“I am not in the same shape as in I was in July,” Powell said at his press conference.
“Yes… it’s (Thursday’s 100m) going to be between a lot of guys because they’re running very well.
“Blake is World Champion and I can’t promise a World Record but I’ll be out there competing. I’d love to win. I don’t know what shape I’m in right now but I got a good feeling.”
“It will be a strong field. I have a good memory of 2006” (when he tied the then World record with 9.77).
Grenadian Kirani James, the new world champion and USA’s LaShawn Merritt lead a strong men’s 400m dash line-up; Carmelita Jeter try her luck again over the 200m against fellow Americans Allyson Felix and Shalonda Solomon, while Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser – Pryce and two other Jamaicans will also contest the event.
Elsewhere, the exciting Sally Pearson of Australia looks in world record shape and following her Daegu victory performance, no one would be surprised if she lowers the long-standing 12.21secs mark of Yordanka Donkova, set in 1988.
World record holder Yelena Isinbayeva is hoping for a better performance than the one she gave at the worlds, while the likes of Dwight Phillips, Brittney Reese, Jesse Williams, Mariya Savinova, Lashinda Demus and Valerie Adams will be looking to carry over their world championships form to Switzerland.To send email correction or further classifications, please shoot us an email at lcummings [at] world-track.org.