26 new champions to compete at IAAF Zurich Diamond League

Zurich, Sep 2 (IANS) Twenty new world champions of individual events and six relay world champions in Beijing will compete at the IAAF Zurich Diamond League to be held on Thursday.

They include Kenya’s 800m world record holder David Rudisha, the Ethiopian 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, and sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Along with many other international top stars and Swiss local heroes, they are getting ready for the IAAF Diamond League final event at Letzigrund Stadium.

“We are proud to welcome the stars of our sport. Some of our fields are even stronger than the ones of the Beijing finals,” said Meeting Co-Director and Athlete Liaison Officer Andreas Hediger.

“As many as 20 individual world champions, 12 silver medallists, 20 bronze medallists, as well as 17 world leaders, eight 2012 Olympic champions, and seven 2008 Olympic champions will compete at Weltklasse Zurich 2015,” Hediger said.

Sixteen events will represent the last leg of this year’s Diamond Race. Winners will be awarded with the Diamond Trophy and a $40,000 prize money.

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