Warholm, Jackson and Ingebrigtsen among the stars on display in Oslo | ADVANCE

Wanda Diamond League The action returns to the Norwegian capital Oslo on Thursday (30th) when a host of world champions and world record holders will battle it out at the Bislett Games.

Local stars Karsten Warholm and Jakob Ingebrigtsen contest two of the many top-flight showdowns, while Shericka Jackson heads the 200m line-up, Joshua Cheptegei stars in a strong 5000m field, Prudence Sekgodiso has the chance to make another statement in the 800 m and Mykolas Alekna is part of another impressive discus clash.

Norway’s Warholm set the first of his two 400m hurdles world records in Oslo, clocking 46.70 in 2021. He went even faster a month later, improving the record to 45.94 to win the Olympic title in Tokyo.

It was also in 2021 that Warholm claimed the second of his two Diamond Trophies and now, as he works to defend his Olympic title, the Bislett Games are where he kicks off his 2024 Diamond League campaign. After an indoor season that included only the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where he took silver in the 400 metres, Warholm opened his outdoor season in Bergen last week. Running 33.28 in the 300m hurdles, he missed his 2021 world best by just 0.02.

In Oslo, the three-time world champion competes in the 400-meter hurdles for the first time since finishing second in the Diamond League final in Eugene in September. She has fierce competition as she faces Brazil’s Alison dos Santos, the 2022 world and Diamond League champion, who opened her own 400m hurdles season with a 46.86 win in Doha. Challenging them both will be world silver medalist Kyron McMaster.

While Warholm competes in the Diamond League for the first time this year, compatriot Ingebrigtsen began her season by finishing second in a thrilling mile in Eugene and will now look to improve in the 1,500 meters at home. The Olympic champion, who won the Diamond League 1,500m and 5,000m titles last year, this time faces the likes of compatriot Narve Gilje Nordas, last year’s world bronze medalist, as well as 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot , Azeddine Habz and Stewart McSweyn. , as Ingebrigtsen returns to a meet where he ran 3:27.95 last year.

The men’s 5,000 meters is also very competitive, as Uganda’s Cheptegei, world record holder and Olympic champion, faces his compatriots Jacob Kiplimo and Oscar Chelimo, as well as Olympic and world medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet and his Ethiopian compatriots Yomif Kejelcha, Samuel Tefera and Biniam Mehary. , the Swiss Dominic Lokinyomo Lobalu and the Spanish Thierry Ndikumwenayo.

In the women’s 800 metres, South Africa’s Sekgodiso has the chance to double her number of wins in Diamond League meets, following her big win in Marrakech. There she ran a PB of 1:57.26 to beat Habitam Alemu and Noelie Yarigo, and Yarigo is also in action in Oslo, as is world indoor champion Tsige Duguma, who was second in Los Angeles with a PB of 1:57.56 . Jess Hull, who ran 8:37.18 to win in Sydney in March, runs the 3,000 meters against Caroline Nyaga and Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal.

Jackson and Jacobs in sprints, Alekna leads the discus clash

Jamaican world champion Jackson got her season off to a winning start with a 200m victory in Marrakech in 22.82 to maintain a 16-final winning streak stretching back to June 2022. Having won Diamond Trophies in both the 100 as in the 200 meters last year. She will look to take advantage of that first match in Oslo, where she will face the Americans Jenna Prandini, Anavia Battle and Brittany Brown, in addition to Marie-Josee Ta Lou-Smith and Daryll Neita, who won the 200 meters in Suzhou and 100 meters in Doha.

In the men’s 100 meters, Italian Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs will face Akani Simbine, who won in Suzhou, as well as Marrakech winner Emmanuel Eseme and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown. Brandon Hicklin and Jeremiah Azu, who have run PBs under 10.00 this season, join them in the lineup.

Dominican Republic world champion Marileidy Paulino will compete against world bronze medalist Sada Williams and world indoor silver medalist Lieke Klaver in the 400 meters, while the men’s event features Grenada’s multiple Olympic and world medalist, Kirani James, world silver medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith and local favorite Havard. Bentdal Ingvaldsen. Jamaica’s world bronze medalist Rushell Clayton leads the entries for the women’s 400m hurdles.

After setting a world record of 74.35m in Ramona in April, Mykolas Alekna won the discus clash in Marrakech, again surpassing 70 meters with a throw of 70.70m to beat Australian record holder Matthew Denny and Swedish Olympic and world champion Daniel Stahl.

That trio faces off again in Oslo as part of a stacked field, one that also includes 2022 world gold medalist Kristjan Ceh, Andrius Gudzius, Fedrick Dacres and Lukas Weisshaidinger. The women’s discus competition gets the Diamond League action underway in Oslo and in that competition, 2022 world champion Feng Bin will face fourth world ranked Jorinde van Klinken. Both have achieved third place in the Diamond League so far this season, Feng in Xiamen and Van Klinken in Eugene.

The two best from the World Championships in Budapest face each other in the men’s triple jump: Hugues Fabrice Zango faces Lázaro Martínez. In the men’s pole vault, US Olympic and world medalist Chris Nilsen, KC Lightfoot and two-time world champion Sam Kendricks face Ernest John Obiena and local star Simen Guttormsen.