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  • July 9th Zurich Diamond League to be held as "Inspiration Games"

    The 'Weltklasse Zurich Inspiration Games' will see 30 track and field superstars compete across eight disciplines in an innovative team event spanning seven stadiums and three continents.

    The innovative format will see the world's best athletes line up in a series of three-way clashes between Europe, the USA and the rest of the world. In the 150m, for example, Bahamian Olympic 400m champion and 200m Diamond League champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo will take on US star and six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix and Switzerland's world bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundi. While Kambundji will burst out of the blocks in Zurich, Felix will compete in Walnut, California, and Miller-Uibo in Miramar, Florida.

    https://www.worldathletics.org/compe...ion-games-2020


    Update:

    https://zurich.diamondleague.com/en/...esults-zurich/

    July 9th
    National Program (local swiss athletes): 2pm - 4pm CET
    Main Program 8pm - 9:30pm CET

    Entry Lists
    Women:
    150 - Felix vs Kambundji vs Miller-Uibo
    300m Hurdles - Dalilah Muhammad vs Lea Sprunger vs TBA
    3x100m - Netherlands vs Switzerland vs USA
    Pole Vault - Sandi Morris vs Ekaterini Stefanidi vs TBA

    Men:
    100 YARDS - Andre De Grasse vs Omar McLeod vs Jimmy Vicaut
    200m - Noah Lyles vs Alex Wilson vs TBA
    Triple Jump - Omar Craddock - Pedro Pablo Pichardo vs Christian Taylor
    4th event - TBA
    Last edited by ATK; 06-12-2020, 01:08 AM.

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    This is a great, novel idea in the circumstances, and hopefully no one will be disadvantaged by differing weather conditions. Perhaps they could do a wind adjustment in the sprints?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Wiederganger View Post
      This is a great, novel idea in the circumstances, and hopefully no one will be disadvantaged by differing weather conditions. Perhaps they could do a wind adjustment in the sprints?
      Are they really racing or just individually time-trialing? How would you coordinate a simultaneous start, when there always seem to be video lags?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Atticus View Post
        Are they really racing or just individually time-trialing? How would you coordinate a simultaneous start, when there always seem to be video lags?
        The WA article says they'll do some tech trickery so that the starts are co-ordinated before being broadcast, so maybe it will all be on a 10 or 15 second delay?

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        • #5
          Looking forward to this!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Atticus View Post
            Are they really racing or just individually time-trialing? How would you coordinate a simultaneous start, when there always seem to be video lags?
            Not sure, it makes sense to do a coordinated race, if they can. But the wind situation remains regardless. Using the SMU/Felix/Kambundji race as an example, which is 150m, if there is a following wind on the straight that athlete will get a nice run. If however another athlete gets a huge headwind, that wouldn't be 'fair'. I know this meet is more for fun, and the athletes will understand their times in the context of the wind reading, but most fans wont appreciate this and will just see athlete X as losing.

            Anyway, that's just my little moan, but I am looking forward to this nonetheless. I am also very impressed that Felix is willing to race SMU when the latter has come off her most successful season ever. The distance not so much - Felix did some 60's indoors, and obviously knows she had to work on her speed after 2019 - but the last time these two women raced on the regular circuit was 2017 over 200m at Pre, and that was the only non championship race I can see them racing ever ­čś«- well, since 2012 anyway, which is pretty disgraceful from a viewer perspective

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            • #7
              Big update on start lists.

              Women:
              150 - Felix vs Kambundji vs Miller-Uibo
              300m Hurdles - Dalilah Muhammad vs Lea Sprunger vs TBA
              3x100m - Netherlands vs Switzerland vs USA
              Pole Vault - Sandi Morris vs Ekaterini Stefanidi vs TBA

              Men:
              100 YARDS - Andre De Grasse vs Omar McLeod vs Jimmy Vicaut
              200m - Noah Lyles vs Alex Wilson vs TBA
              Triple Jump - Omar Craddock - Pedro Pablo Pichardo vs Christian Taylor
              4th event - TBA

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              • #8
                full men's and women's fields now up:
                https://zurich.diamondleague.com/en/...esults-zurich/
                Last edited by ATK; 07-09-2020, 11:40 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ATK View Post
                  full men's and women's fields now up:
                  https://zurich.diamondleague.com/en/...iration-games/
                  note that the meet is set for multiple sites, including Bradenton and Walnut.

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                  • #10
                    Notable that the men in the 100y wont have to compete virtually since they all train together!

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                    • #11
                      The meet gets some love from the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/s...te-tracks.html

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                      • #12
                        Dalilah Muhammad no longer running. 300m field now includes

                        Zuzana Hejnová vs Georganne Moline vs Lea Sprunger

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ATK View Post
                          Dalilah Muhammad no longer running. 300m field now includes Zuzana Hejnová vs Georganne Moline vs Lea Sprunger
                          Did SydMcL turn down a spot?

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                          • #14
                            The first track race has shown already it'd going to be hard to compare performances: clear win for Felix in still, warm conditions, -I'm paying no attention to the supposed -2.6 as it a clearly still - whilst at the start you could see the wind where SMU was, and then the screen showed -1.2 for Kambundji. Also, in Papendal, it's pouring with rain!

                            What we can say is that it was a strong performance from Felix in perfect conditions. Ok for the other two. But for context, Ajla Del Ponte ran 16.67 last month.
                            Last edited by Wiederganger; 07-09-2020, 06:21 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Very hard to tell what it means. She ran 16.37 in 2019 on a straight, so maybe still some ways to improve. But also with SMU as well, her 400m/200m a few days ago were way more impressive for sure.

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