The world record holders and gold medalists in Tokyo 2020 Yulimar Rojas and Ryan Crouser will be the main protagonists of the Wanda Diamond League that will be played this Thursday at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland, the traditional Athletissima.
Venezuelan Rojas will make her comeback after crowning herself and setting a triple jump world record at the Olympics, with an impressive 15.67 that erased the 15.50 held by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets since 1995.
Her main rivals in Lausanne will be Thea La Fond from Dominica, Patricia Mamona from Portugal (silver in Tokyo), Senni Salminen from Finland, Liadagmis Povea from Cuba and Jamaicans Shanieka Rickkets and Kimberly Williams.
Crouser, who revalidated his shot put Olympic crown in Japan, returns to action after claiming another victory last Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic, and will face this challenge against rivals such as Joe Kovacs of the United States and Thomas Walsh of New Zealand , who accompanied him on the Olympic podium, as well as the Brazilian Darlan Romani and the Croatian Filip Mihaljevic.
In pole vault there will be the Swede Armand Duplantis, who has just won Olympic gold, along with the Americans Sam Kendricks, K. C. Lightfoot and Christopher Nilsen and the Pole Piotr Lisek.
In the female sprint, the exhibition of Jamaica and its figures will continue. The triple gold medalist in Tokyo Elaine Thompson will seek a new conquest against her compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, the great local figure Mujinga Kambundji and the Ivorian Marie-Josée TaLou.
In the 400 dash, the Dominican Marileydi Paulino, who has just obtained a valuable Olympic silver medal, will collide with rivals such as the American Quanera Hayes, the British Jodie Williams and Sada Williams from Barbados.
In the 400 hurdles, the former world record holder, the American Dalilah Muhammad, will have as her main rivals Femke Bol from the Netherlands, her teammate Shamier Little, the Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova and the Jamaicans Leah Nugent and Janieve Russel.
In the long jump, Chantal Malone of the British Virgin Islands is among the candidates for victory, in dispute with Nigerian Ese Brume, British Jazmin Sawyers and Serbian Ivana Spanovic among others.
In the 110m hurdles, newly crowned Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica returns to action, facing a group of rivals that includes Americans Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts and compatriots Rasheed Broadbell and Ronald Levy.
In the 200m, there will be an interesting fight between the Americans Kenneth Bednarek, Fred Kerley and Isaiah Young against Aaron Brown of Canada, Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas (recent 400m dash champion in Tokyo) and the Dominican Yancarlos Martínez.