The World Athletics Championship 2023 which was held in Budapest reached a conclusion on Sunday August 27. At the event, new champions emerged and records were broken.
The Wanda Diamond League, which has already resumed, just days after the World Athletics Championships, will ultimately feature fourteen newly crowned world champions competing at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich.
Many of those events will feature the full podium from Budapest, including the women’s 100m hurdles, both men’s and women’s pole vault and the women’s triple jump.
The female post vaulters will be quick to make that big appearance, competing in the city showdown in the Zurich train station on Wednesday night August 30.
Nina Kennedy and Katie Moon, who finished a noteworthy competition in Budapest when they consented to share the gold medal after jumping for over two hours, will return alongside bronze medallist Wilma Murto of Finland, and driving vaulters Sandi Morris and Tina Sutej to put on one more act for the residents of Zurich.
On Thursday, before a sold-out Letzigrund Arena, Noah Lyles will as usual get back to the 200m race. Last week Lyles became the first man since Usain Bolt in 2015 to guarantee the world run double, and he will take on five of the six men who followed him home in the more drawn out run in Budapest, including silver medallist Erriyon Knighton and fourth-set Zharnel Hughes.
After claiming the title of world’s fastest woman in Budapest, Sha’Carri Richardson, a fellow sprint star from the United States, will begin a successful tour of Europe. Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Olympic champion, will be her opponent, although she hasn’t been able to find that form this year.
The women’s 200m will be similarly intriguing as Jamaica’s two-time world champion Shericka Jackson (21.41 in Budapest) edges ever closer to the 35-year-old world record of 21.34, set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympic Games. Silver medallist Gabby Thomas will also be on hand to challenge Jackson.
Another dual world champion, Danielle Williams, leads a full-strength field in the 100m hurdles, with silver medallist and Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, bronze medallist Kendra Harrsion, 2019 world champion Nia Ali, fourth-placed Devynne Charlton and home hope Ditaji Kambundji all on the starting line.
In Budapest, Norway’s Karsten Warholm won his third world title in the 400-meter hurdles event. In the quarter-finals, he will compete against Brazil’s 2022 world champion Alison Dos Santos.
Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela is the reigning world champion; however, it took all of Rojas’ power to defeat Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk of Ukraine to win her fourth title. They will clash in the future in Zurich, with Cuba’s Leyanis Perez Hernandez finishing the platform entertainers in the field.
The men’s long jump, in which Greece’s world champion Miltiadis Tentoglou competes against Tajay Gayle, the 2019 world champion and Budapest bronze medalist, rising star Mattia Furlani, and Switzerland’s own Simon Ehammer, follows the horizontal jumps.
The four medalists return to the runway after competing in the pole vault. Mondo Duplantis, a world champion, will compete against Ernest Obiena, the first Filipino athlete to win a medal at the World Championships, and Chris Nilsen and Kurtis Marschall, who won bronze together.
Italy’s world high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi found his best form of the year with impeccable timing in Budapest and will bring that energy into Zurich, where he will come face to face with his close buddy, opponent and member Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim.
India’s world and Olympic javelin champion Neeraj Chopra, who finds his best form when it matters most, will compete against bronze medalist Jakub Vadlejch and fourth-place finisher Julian Weber when he returns from Budapest.
After a hot and exhausting World Championships campaign, many of the world’s best middle-distance runners have chosen to rest and recover this week. However, world 1500m champion Josh Kerr wants more after his surprise victory over Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen.
With eight runners in the field under 3:30, Kerr will need to perform even better this time. They include Mohamed Katir, a world 5000-meter silver medalist, Yared Nuguse, a US champion, and Abel Kipsang, a Kenyan.
Winfred Yavi, the world steeplechase champion from Bahrain, has also decided to withdraw from the competition. She will compete against the other medalists, the world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Faith Cherotich, as well as a talented field.
Raevyn Rogers, who finished fourth in the world, and European 1500m champion Laura Muir, who is going down in distance, will compete in the women’s 800m.
Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega, the 5000m bronze medallist in Budapest, will also step down to the 5000m, racing alongside world steeplechase record-holder Lamecha Girma, Yomif Kejelcha and Swiss-based contender Dominic Lobalu.