The latest installment of the Diamond League takes place in Stockholm on Sunday with plenty of exciting action to whet the appetite in the Swedish capital.
Duplantis Eyeing Home Success
Sunday’s action gets underway with the men’s and women’s Pole Vault events as home favourite Armand “Mondo” Duplantis looks to build on a solid performance last time out in Monaco.
The 20-year-old world record holder cleared 6.00 metres at the third attempt in the Principality and will look to back that up on home soil.
The European champion, who twice broke the world record earlier this year, has won 10 successive competitions and has beaten American rival Sam Kendricks in all four of their meetings since the World Championships in Doha.
British Contingent Hoping to Build Momentum
Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Jemma Reekie are the two big British hopes at the BAUHAUS-galan meeting.
Heptathlon world champion Johnson-Thompson is set to be part of an innovative and controversial long-jump contest. which is scheduled to start at 15:42.
Usually the event is decided by the best effort from six rounds, however, this time around the top three jumpers after five rounds are set to battle it out in a one-jump final.
Johnson-Thompson faces some stiff competition with Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen and world silver medallist Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk in the field.
Scotland’s Jemma Reekie, who has won all three of her 800m outings this season, will take on a strong-looking field at 16:20.
Fellow Briton Alexandra Bell is also in the event but Reekie’s main challenge is likely to come from american Raevyn Rogers, who picked up silver at the World Championships in Doha.
Reekie’s training partner, Laura Muir, set a British 1000m record in Monaco and she takes up a spot in the 1500m race at 15:55.
Kenya’s world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri looks likely to be a strong contender, while American Shannon Rowbury also adds to the competitiveness of the field.
Meanwhile, Ireland’s Ciara Mageean has the opportunity to set a third Irish record in a month in the 1500m event.
The Portaferry star smashed Sonia O’Sullivan’s 23-year-old Irish record with a time of 2:31.06 in Monaco and will be eager to find further improvement in Stockholm.
Cheruiyot and Ingebrigtsen Resume Rivalry
Timothy Cheruiyot and Jakob Ingebrigtsen square off in the final event of the day.
The duo will meet in the highly-anticipated Men’s 1500m at 16:51.
Kenya’s Cheruiyot won the last meeting in Monaco as the world champion ran a time of 3min 28.45sec – just 0.04 seconds off his personal best – while the 19-year-old Norwegian set a European record of 3:28.68 in defeat.
Revenge will no doubt be on the cards for the Norwegian teenager, while British interest in this event comes in the shape of Neil Gourley and Charlie Da’Vall Grice.