Superb Athletissima: latest name Mo Farah
LAUSANNE (SUI): The organisers have done everything possible to make an unforgettable night, with no fewer than 12 Olympic champions and 10 World champions confirmed and several events offering a dream lineup for jubilee 40th Athletissima. Plenty of amazing athletics events to enjoy for sold out stadium with 14 000 spectators. Three World record holders Usain Bolt, David Rudisha and Renaud Lavillenie in one meet will be a first in this year’s athletics season. As usual, there will be a strong line-up in 100 m with Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay. In the women’s sprints, the 200m will offer a great dual between the Olympic and triple world champion Allyson Felix and the European champion Dafne Schippers added by Shaunae Miller. Middle distance events will be just as exciting with a prestigious lineup in the 5000 m: Yomif Kejelcha, Hagos Gebrhiwet, Imane Merga and a last minute guest, Mo Farah. The British athlete is the uncontested king of this event will debut at the meet. In the women’s events, the 1500m will gather the three world’s best of this season so far: Jennifer Simpson, Sifan Hassan and Dawit Seyaum added by Abeba Aregawi. With the presence of Pedro Pablo Pichardo and US Christian Taylor the meet record 17.91 will be under threat. In the men’ 400m hurdles, European champion Kariem Hussein will try to stick to the 3 world best athletes this season, Americans Bershawn Jackson, Johnny Dutch and Michael Tinsley. Early in the evening, the women’s discus throw will be the first of several exciting field events with undisputed queen of this event Sandra Perkovic against Cuba World leader Denia Caballero. Also to mention fights like Joe Kovacs and David Storl (shot put), Tero PitkÃ¤mÃ¤ki and Vitezslav Vesely (javelin), Jasmin Stowers and Sharika Nelvis (100m hurdles), Virginia Nyambura and Hiwot Ayalew (3000m steeple), Ruth Beitia and Blanka Vlasic (high jump) and Tianna Bartoletta and Shara Proctor (long jump).