Maria Lasitskene wins the high jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene (Kirby Lee) © Copyright
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Strong high jump field assembled for Stockholm - IAAF Diamond League

The Olympic champion, two world champions, this winter's European champion and three Swedish jumpers. That’s the cast of characters who will grace the women's high jump stage at the Bauhaus-Galan IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on 18 June.

The high jump has always played a central role in Stockholm Olympic Stadium, the host for annual international athletics meetings since the mid-1960s. Most Swedes remember Patrik Sjöberg's world record in 1987 when he jumped 2.42m, still the current stadium record. Blanka Vlasic's meet record 2.07m will celebrate its 10th anniversary in August. Or is there anyone who can challenge it?

World champion Mariya Lasitskene cleared 2.03m in her comeback to the international scene in Eugene ten days ago. No one else has managed a result at that level the past two years.

Olympic champion Ruth Beitia is 38 years young and will go for her 16th two metre jump. Airine Palsyte cleared 2.01m when she secured the European indoor gold in Belgrade three months ago. Former world indoor champion Kamila Lićwinko has started her outdoor season promisingly with two victories and a second place behind Lasitskene at the Prefontaine Classic.

Mirela Demireva and Alessia Trost, respectively second and fifth at the Olympics, will also be in Stockholm where three home favourites complete the field. It has only happened once before that three Swedish women have been able to start in the same event in the IAAF Diamond League. Not surprisingly it was also in a jumping event, the pole vault, in Stockholm two years ago.

The Swedish trio consists of Sofie Skoog, who reached the finals of all three international Championships last year and is coached by 2004 Olympic champion Stefan Holm; US-based Erika Kinsey, eighth at the world indoors, and emerging talent Bianca Salming. The 18-year-old heptathlete will experience one of her biggest challenges ever even if high jump is her favourite event.

Organisers for the IAAF

2017 IAAF Diamond League calendar:
5 May – Doha, QAT
13 May – Shanghai, CHN
27 May – Eugene, USA
8 Jun – Rome, ITA
15 Jun – Oslo, NOR
18 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
1 Jul – Paris, FRA
6 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
9 Jul – London, GBR
16 Jul – Rabat, MAR
21 Jul – Monaco, MON
20 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
24 Aug – Zurich, SUI
1 Sep – Brussels, BEL