Weltklasse Diaries: Elaine Thompson missed Allyson Felix in Rio 200 meters


Thompson_ElaineQ-OlyGame16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net


ZURICH (SUI): Keni Harrison is predicting a fast time but she isn't making any specific predictions. "It's my first time in Zurich. I heard the track is really fast and I expect a fast time. My main goal ist to cross the line first and win the Diamond League but it's the last race of my season and I'll give everything I got."

ZURICH (SUI): Ruth Jebet isn't committing herself to another world record attempt in Zurich. "I was not prepared to run a world record but I tried my best in Paris and I made it. I wasn't expecting to run that fast and now I don't know now if it's possible to run even faster. After Paris I travelled back to my country. My whole family was of course very happy about the Olympics and the record. I'm very close to winning the Diamond League but it is not going to be easy tomorrow," she said.

ZURICH (SUI): Meet director Andreas Hediger has confirmed there will be a capacity crowd for the Zurich Diamond League and the conditions are likely to be conducive as well. "I'm proud to announce that we have a full house tomorrow, 25'000 spectators at the Letzigrund stadium will create a great atmosphere. We depend on the weather, the evening temperatures should be around 22-23 degrees so we will have great conditions for our competitions," he said. "It is not only about the meeting anymore. We would like to be close to the fans. We have various activities throughout the year. The core of this, our main goal, is to support and promote athletics in Switzerland," added the co-meeting director Christoph Joho.

ZURICH (SUI): Jamaican Asafa Powell who was also special guest at the women Pole Vault in Zurich has after several checking 96 legal sub 10 times currently. Adding to that is one hand timed sub 10 and 8 wind assisted sub 10 times. From Mark Butler.

ZURICH (SUI): At seven places in Switzerland children trained with athletics superstars (around 40 top athletes) before the Weltklasse meet on Tuesday.

ZURICH (SUI): Swiss television SRG SSR extended their contract with Weltklasse Zurich until 2020.

ZURICH (SUI): Double sprint olympic winner Elaine Thompson said: "When I look back at the 200m final in Rio, there was one person missing: Allyson Felix," said Thompson. "I've only competed against her once before over 200m, and that was in Brussels last year, so tomorrow will be exciting. "I don't know how much faster I can go," she added. "Running 21.66 (last year in Beijing) was a shock. I honestly don't like running 200m, but I'm excited to see how fast I can go in the future."

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