Not since the days of the Maria Mutola has there been a successful title defence in the women’s 800m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
There was a huge weight of expectation on the slender shoulders of Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk in his first international 400m race since his world record run in Rio but he shrugged it off with aplomb as he flew around one lap of the Pontaise stadium in 43.62 at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond league meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (6).
Ayanleh Souleiman became the fifth-fastest 1000m performer of all time to highlight the middle distance action at Lausanne’s Athletissima meeting, the 11th stop in the 2016 IAAF Diamond League, on Thursday (25).
Conseslus Kipruto has already proved the man to beat in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, having recorded victories at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Doha, Rabat and Rome. The world-leading personal best of 8:00.12 he produced in Birmingham on Sunday (5), however, was on another level.
Last June, Almaz Ayana clocked an African all-comers' 3000m record of 8:22.22 in Rabat and her recent win over the same distance on Doha in 8:23.11 prompts the question, how fast can she run over 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in the Moroccan city on Sunday (22)?
A further 12 stars have confirmed that they will appear at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on 5 June, including world champions Dafne Schippers and David Rudisha, organisers announced on Thursday (7).
They saved the best for last. On the final day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, a sellout crowd of 7191 filled the stands at the Oregon Convention Center. Throughout an action-packed two-hour programme, they witnessed several individual displays to remember, and some thrilling contests they’ll simply never forget.
Burundi had waited 23 years for a world indoor medal and now – like waiting for a bus – two have shown up in quick succession.
There are few people in Oslo who will be unaware that one of the biggest sporting superstars of all time is set to appear at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games, the sixth IAAF Diamond League meeting of 2013, on Thursday (13).
Qatar’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim soared over 2.40m to set a new Asian High Jump record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, USA, on Saturday (1).