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News24 Jun 2016


Swiss stars set for Lausanne – IAAF Diamond League

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Selina Buchel in the 800m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne (© Victah Sailer)

With two months to go to the 41st edition of Athletissima, organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting have announced that four of Switzerland’s leading athletes will compete in Lausanne on 25 August.

European indoor champion Selina Buchel will return to defend her 800m title. The 24-year-old won in Lausanne last year, just five days after breaking the Swiss record with 1:57.95.

European champion Kariem Hussein and Lea Sprunger will compete in the men’s and women’s 400m hurdles respectively.

“After Rio, I will be thinking only about one thing: Athletissima and all the people I love in the stadium to cheer me,” said Sprunger.

Mujinga Kambundji, who holds the Swiss 100m and 200m records at 11.07 and 22.63, will contest the shorter event in Lausanne before taking part in the 4x100m.

“When I think about Lausanne, I immediately imagine the crowd being very close, and the amazing atmosphere,” said the 24-year-old.

Organisers for the IAAF

2016 IAAF Diamond League calendar
6 May – Doha, QAT
14 May – Shanghai, CHN
22 May – Rabat, MAR
28 May – Eugene, USA
2 Jun – Rome, ITA
5 Jun – Birmingham, GBR
9 Jun – Oslo, NOR
16 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
15 Jul – Monaco, MON
22-23 Jul – London, GBR
25 Aug – Lausanne, SUI
27 Aug – Paris, FRA
1 Sep – Zurich, SUI
9 Sep – Brussels, BEL