News21 May 2015

Barshim and Bondarenko to do battle in Paris – IAAF Diamond League


Bogdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Essa Barshim at the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meeting in New York (© Victah Sailer)

High jump heroes Mutaz Essa Barshim and Bogdan Bondarenko will duel at the Meeting Areva in Paris on Saturday 4 July, organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting announced on Wednesday (21).

They have already met 13 times in IAAF Diamond League meetings, with one or the other winning on all bar one occasion. Their head-to-head score stands at 7-6 to Barshim in the IAAF Diamond League and 9-8 in all encounters.

With a jump of 2.43m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels last September, Barshim currently ranks second on the world all-time list.

Bondarenko, the author of a European record 2.42m leap in New York last June, is in equal third place.

Neither Barshim nor Bondarenko have ever participated in the Meeting Areva so the 2015 edition will give them a chance to discover the famous Stade de France and the French capital.

Organisers for the IAAF

2015 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 15 May
Shanghai, CHN – 17 May
Eugene, USA – 30 May
Rome, ITA – 4 June
Birmingham, GBR – 7 June
Oslo, NOR – 11 June
New York, USA – 13 June
Paris, FRA – 4 July
Lausanne, SUI – 9 July
Monaco, MON – 17 July
London, GBR – 24-25 July
Stockholm, SWE – 30 July
Zurich, SUI – 3 September
Brussels, BEL – 11 September