LAUSANNE (SUI): Sold out stadium in Olympic City saw excellent Athletissima meeting. 6 new world leads, two equalled (men 100 m and high jump), 6 european leads. Also 3 meet records (100 m men, steeple men, 3000 m women).
100 m: King is back. Usain Bolt equalled world lead 9.82 (+0.5) after 0.163 starting reaction. Also a meet record. Second his training partner Yohan Blake was close with 9.96. „I m very happy because the weather helped me to run fast and „Billie Jean“ brought me in the best conditions for this race, because I felt a bit asleep by the training. I m so glad because my wound didn´t disturb me after having been absent for the 5 last weeks. Thank you for all your support,“ Bolt was quoted.
200 m: Dix was clear 19.86 winner and confirmed his shape after beating Gay in Eugene. Second Martina new national record for Netherland Antilles 20.08.
400 m: Jeremy Wariner is another succesfully returned top start with world leading 44.57. Betters and Jamaican Gonzalez went to life-time bests 44.70 and 44.72 and fourth Jonathan Borlee european lead 44.94.
800 m: Rudisha is undisputed number one and returned to Europe with another fast 1:43.25 ahead of last world champions Mulaudzi and Kirwa with season best. Fourth Lewandowski clocked european lead 1:44.30.
1500 m: Beijing olympian Nicholas Kemboi went to world leading 3:31.29. Laalou second 3:32.75.
GATESHEAD (GBR): The 8th leg of the Diamond league and the first one, out of two, on British soil will see no less than 41 Olympic medalists and 58 World medalist toe the starting line. Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu will be without doubt the local stars but the most anticipated event will be the men’s 100m in which former world record holder Asafa Powell and American record holder Tyson Gay will go head to head for the first time this season.
Event by event preview
100 m: Highly anticipated as Jamaican Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay will go head to head for the first time this year.
200 m: Rematch of the US national championships final with Walter Dix, this time not from lane one, and Wallace Spearman.
1500 m: World leader Augustine Choge as well as Asbel Kiprop lead a large field of British middle distance runners of which Andrew Baddeley is the most anticipated.
5000m: Tariku Bekele is the favorite for the win, but Mo Farah will be ready to compete just a few weeks ahead of Barcelona.
110mHurdles: USA takes on GBR with David Payne, Jason Richardson and Allen Johnson against Andy Turner, William Sharman and Lawrence Clarke.
PYEONGCHANG (KOR) : Pyeongchang held a special ceremony to celebrate the ‘one year to go’ before the IOC decides which city will host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The event was held to mark the official status of the city as a candidate city to host the Winter Games and highlight its commitment and passion towards the event writes insidethegames.