Thompson-Herah won gold three times in the 100m, 200m and sprint relay in the Japanese capital and does not have to face her compatriot and great rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Zurich.
Elaine Thompson-Herah reacts after winning the women’s 100 meters during the Meeting de Paris Diamond League athletics meeting at the Stade Charlety in Paris. AP
Zurich: The Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah will fight for prize money and glory as one of 19 Olympic champions in the Diamond League final in Zurich, just one month after the end of the Tokyo Games.
Thompson -Herah won gold three times in the 100m, 200m and sprint relay in the Japanese capital and does not have to face her compatriot and great rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Zurich.
The Olympic champion won the last month in Eugene second fastest 100-meter run of all time, her time of 10.54 seconds is only five hundredths below the record set by the American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.
The bumper season finale starts on Wednesday. The finals shot put, long jump, 5000m men and women and high jump women will be held on Sechselaeutenplatz on Lake Zurich.
All 25 other finals will take place on Thursday in the legendary Letzigrund Stadium, where traditionally more than 20,000 spectators ensure a lively atmosphere.
The Norwegian Karsten Warholm is on the track for the first time since his sensational world record of 45.94 seconds when he won Olympic gold over 400 m hurdles.
His American rival Rai Benjamin is missing, but Olympic third Alison Dos Santos from Brazil will have some competition.
Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, another world record holder in Tokyo, will be in Zurich and appears to be in good shape, around the 15.67 meter mark she made in the triple jump has set to challenge.
Also present is the Swede Armand Duplantis, at the age of 21 already the dominant force in the men’s pole vault.
The US-born vaulter was both in Paris with 6.01m and Brussels (6.05m) winners of the Diamond League and tried to come over 6.19m on both occasions to improve his own world record. He wasn’t far away and it’s only a matter of time before he sets new standards.
The Ethiopian-born Dutch runner Sifan Hassan, who won two gold and one bronze medal in an unprecedented distance in Tokyo, is running over 1500 m.
The 100-meter run of the men is an outstanding field, even if without the Italian surprise Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who ended his season after the games.
But the American Fred Kerley and the Canadian Andre De Grasse, the silver and bronze medalists in Tokyo, as well as the fourth-placed Akani Simbine from South Africa will be at the start.
Also present is the American Trayvon Bromell, who with 9.77 seconds the fastest time of the Year, but didn’t get past the semifinals at the Olympics.
Bromell will be encouraging when he finished second to Kerley last week in Brussels when all-rounder Kerley made him the first sprinter to finish first Won 00, 200 and 400 m races in the Diamond League.
The women’s 200 m race shows the amazing talent of Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, a 400 m specialist who, due to the regulations of World Athletics for female athletes with high testosterone levels at a distance.
Mboma only went on her first overseas trip in June. Two months later, despite an awkward start and sprint technique, the 18-year-old surprisingly won Olympic silver behind Thompson-Herah.
She will again meet British world champion Dina Asher-Smith, who the Namibian made her debut in the Diamond last week League in Brussels.
Mboma’s young compatriot Beatrice Masilingi, who was also excluded from events between 400m and a mile, will push for a podium position together with Shericka Jackson from Jamaica.
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