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Weltklasse Zürich (English: World Class Zurich) is an annual, invitation-only, world-class track and field meeting at the Letzigrund in Zürich, Switzerland, generally held at the end of August. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League (which succeeded the Golden League in 2010). One of the first large-scale international athletics events (outside the Summer Olympics), it is sometimes referred to as the one-day Olympics. Weltklasse Zürich first took place on 12 August 1928. In the beginning, the meeting was nicknamed by the public the "Nurmi meeting" after the most admired and celebrated participant at the time, Paavo Nurmi. On 21 June 1960, on the Letzigrund track, Armin Hary became the first human to run the 100m dash in 10.0 seconds.

Weltklasse Zürich
Letzigrund 2007ii.jpg
The host stadium – Letzigrund
DateAugust
LocationZürich, Switzerland
Event typeTrack and field
Established1928
Official sitewww.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Home/

UBS has supported Weltklasse Zürich as its main sponsor since 1981.[1] Other sponsors are Vaudoise Assurances, Migros, Le Gruyère Switzerland, Medica, Omega, Swiss, Lexus, Erdgas and Puma.[2]

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Track surfaceEdit

The surface at the Letzigrund Stadium was developed in 2014 by the Swiss company CONICA.[3][4][5] The new surface was installed in June 2014 at a cost of 800,000 CHF and was paid for by the city of Zurich, which owns Letzigrund Stadium.[6]

World recordsEdit

Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at Weltklasse Zürich.[7]

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2009 Pole vault 5.06 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia
2006 100 m 9.77 (+1.0 m/s) Asafa Powell   Jamaica
1997 800 m 1:41.24 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark
1997 3000 m steeplechase 7:59.08 Wilson Boit Kipketer   Kenya
1997 5000 m 12:41.86 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia
1996 Mile 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova   Russia
1995 5000 m 12:44.39 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia
1995 3000 m steeplechase 7:59.18 Moses Kiptanui   Kenya
1992 3000 m steeplechase 8:02.08 Moses Kiptanui   Kenya
1991 4 x 100m relay 37.67 Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
  United States
1989 110 m hurdles 12.92 (−0.1 m/s) Roger Kingdom   United States
1988 400 m 43.29 Harry ("Butch") Reynolds   United States
1985 Mile 4:16.71 Mary Slaney   United States
1984 100 m 10.76 (+1.7 m/s) Evelyn Ashford   United States
1981 Mile 3:48.53 Sebastian Coe   United Kingdom
1981 110 m hurdles 12.93 (−0.2 m/s) Renaldo Nehemiah   United States
1980 1500 m 3:52.47 Tatyana Kazankina   Soviet Union
1979 1500 m 3:32.1 Sebastian Coe   United Kingdom
1975 Discus throw 70.20 m Faina Melnik   Soviet Union
1973 110 m hurdles 13.1 Rod Milburn   United States
1969 110 m hurdles 13.2 Willie Davenport   United States
1960 100 m 10.0 Armin Hary   West Germany
1959 200 m hurdles (bend) 22.5 (+1.2 m/s) Martin Lauer   West Germany
1959 120 y hurdles 13.2 (+1.9 m/s) / 13.56 Martin Lauer   West Germany
110 m hurdles

Meeting recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 9.76 (+1.4 m/s) Yohan Blake   Jamaica 30 August 2012 [8][9]
200 m 19.66 (+0.0 m/s) Usain Bolt   Jamaica 30 August 2012 [10][11]
400 m 43.29 Harry ("Butch") Reynolds   United States 17 August 1988
800 m 1:41.24 Wilson Kipketer   Denmark 13 August 1997
1500 m 3:26.45 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 12 August 1998
Mile 3:45.19 Noureddine Morceli   Algeria 16 August 1995
3000 m 7:32.54 Said Aouita   Morocco 13 August 1986
5000 m 12:41.86 Haile Gebreselassie   Ethiopia 13 August 1997
110 m hurdles 12.92 (−0.1 m/s) Roger Kingdom   United States 16 August 1989
400 m hurdles 47.10 Samuel Matete   Zambia 7 August 1991
3000 m steeplechase 7:56.54 Saif Saeed Shaheen   Qatar 18 August 2006
7:53.17 X Brahim Boulami   Morocco 16 August 2002
High jump 2.40 m Charles Austin   United States 7 August 1991
Pole vault 5.95 m Igor Trandenkov   Russia 14 August 1996
Long jump 8.60 m (+1.5 m/s) Ivan Pedroso   Cuba 16 August 1995
Triple jump 17.80 m (+0.1 m/s) Christian Taylor   United States 1 September 2016 [12]
Shot put 22.60 m DLR Tomas Walsh   New Zealand 30 August 2018 [13]
Discus throw 71.12 m Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 11 August 2000
Hammer throw 83.24 m Andrey Abduvaliyev   Uzbekistan 17 August 1994
Javelin throw 92.28 m Raymond Hecht   Germany 14 August 1996
4x100 m relay 37.45 Trell Kimmons
Wallace Spearmon
Tyson Gay
Michael Rodgers
  United States 19 August 2010

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 10.76 (+1.7 m/s) Evelyn Ashford   United States 22 August 1984
200 m 21.66 (−1.0 m/s) Merlene Ottey   Jamaica 15 August 1990
400 m 48.86 Jarmila Kratochvílová   Czechoslovakia 18 August 1982
800 m 1:54.01 Pamela Jelimo   Kenya 29 August 2008 [1]
1000 m 2:32.70 Jolanta Januchta   Poland 19 August 1981
1500 m 3:52.47 Tatyana Kazankina   Soviet Union 13 August 1980
Mile 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova   Russia 14 August 1996
3000 m 8:22.34 Almaz Ayana   Ethiopia 3 September 2015 [14]
5000 m 14:30.10 Vivian Cheruiyot   Kenya 8 September 2011 [15]
100 m hurdles 12.39 (−0.7 m/s) Gail Devers   United States 11 August 2000
400 m hurdles 52.84 Kim Batten   United States 12 August 1998
3000 m steeplechase 8:55.29 Ruth Jebet   Bahrain 24 August 2017 [16]
High jump 2.04 m Hestrie Cloete   South Africa 6 August 2004
Venelina Veneva-Mateeva   Bulgaria 18 August 2006
Blanka Vlašić   Croatia 7 September 2007
Pole vault 5.06 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia 28 August 2009
Long jump 7.39 m (+0.3 m/s) Heike Drechsler   East Germany 21 August 1985
Triple jump 15.03 m (0.0 m/s) Anna Biryukova   Russia 16 August 1995
Shot put 20.98 m [17] Valerie Adams   New Zealand 28 August 2013 [18]
Discus throw 70.20 m Faina Melnik   Soviet Union 20 August 1975
Hammer throw
Javelin throw 69.57 m Christina Obergföll   Germany 8 September 2011 [19]
4×100 m relay 41.60 Sherone Simpson
Natasha Morrison
Elaine Thompson
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
  Jamaica 3 September 2015 [20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weltklasse Zürich". global. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  2. ^ "Sponsors - Diamond League - Zurich". zurich.diamondleague.com. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  3. ^ "CONICA Track Systems - CONIPUR M". conica.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  4. ^ "Head to Head: Mondo versus Mongo". runnersworld.com. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  5. ^ "Bolt to Compete on Zurich's New Track - IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  6. ^ "High Hopes for Low Times for Bolt on New Zurich Surface As he Announces He Will Run Weltklasse". insidethegames.biz. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  7. ^ "Weltklasse Zürich World Records" (PDF). www.diamondleague-zurich.com. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  8. ^ "Men's 100m – Results". IAAF. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Men's 100m – Results". Diamond League – Zurich. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Men's 200m – Results". IAAF. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Men's 200m – Results". Diamond League – Zurich. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Triple Jump Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  14. ^ "3000m Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  15. ^ "5000m Women: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 8 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  16. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  17. ^ competition held at Zurich's main train station
  18. ^ Phil Minshull (28 August 2013). "Valerie Adams produces 2013 best to win the Diamond Race - IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Javelin Women: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 8 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  20. ^ "4×100m Relay Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.

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