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Athletics Stats: What are the meet records set at Athletissima?

The inaugural Athletissima meet took place in Lausanne’s Pierre de Coubertin Stadium on July 8, 1977, and has since become a major event, especially during the summer season in Lausanne. Former 800-meter runner Jacky Delapierre was the one who started it and turned it into a worldwide gathering of top track and field athletes. Since 2010, Athletissima has been an integral part of the renowned Wanda Diamond League schedule and is now held in the Pontaise Olympic Stadium in the north of Lausanne. The prime sponsor of Athletissima meet is UBS since the year 1982.

Despite the fact that the first competition was hampered by persistent rain, which affected performances, the commitment and passion shown by the wet participants and spectators made it evident that Athletissima was no ordinary gathering. In spite of the bad conditions, the athletes opted to come back later that same season to compete again because they were moved by the support which they received. The following competition, which was held in dry weather on August 3, 1977, marked the actual start of Athletissima’s glorious past.

Leroy Burrell of the United States established the first world record at Athletissima. On July 7, 1994, Burrell smashed Carl Lewis’ 100-meter record by just one-tenth of a second with a timing of 9.85. Yelena Isinbayeva of Russiasia surpassed her own previous record in the pole vault by 1cm in 2005 when she successfully made an attempt of 4.93m. A new world record in the 110-meter hurdles was set the following year by China’s Liu Xiang, who beat his own mark from the 2004 Summer Olympics (12.91) in a time of 12.88.

What are the meet records set at Athletissima (Lausanne Diamond League)?

The 2023 edition of the Athletissima meet, popularly called as Lausanne Diamond League, is all set to take place on June 30, 2023. This is the sixth leg of the Diamond League 2023 series and will witness the participation of top athletes from all over the world like Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs, Nafissatou Thiam, Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Neeraj Chopra, Anderson Peters, Femke Bol, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Timothy Cheruiyot, Miltiadis Tentoglou, Tobi Amusan, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Joshua Cheptegei, and the list continues. With just a few days remaining for the event, let’s take a look at the meet records that have been set here at Athletissima.

EventMen’s (Nation)RecordWomen’s (Nation)Record
100 mYohan Blake (Jamaica)9.69 (-0.1 m/s)Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)10.60 (+1.7 m/s)
200 mNoah Lyles (USA)19.50 (-0.1 m/s)Merlene Ottey (Jamaica)22.07
400 mWayde van Niekerk (South Africa)43.62Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain)49.17
800 mWilson Kipketer (Denmark)1:42.61Maria Mutola (Mozambique)1:56.25
1000 mAyanleh Souleiman (Djibouti)2:13.49 DLR
1500 mTimothy Cheruiyot (Kenya)3:28.77Shelby Houlihan (USA)3:57.34
3000 mDaniel Komen (Kenya)7:30.62Francine Niyonsaba (Burundi)8:26.80
5000 mMuktar Edris (Ethiopia)12:55.23
110 m hurdlesLiu Xiang (China)12.88 (+1.1 m/s)
400 m hurdlesEdwin Moses (USA)47.14Femke Bol (Netherlands)52.95
3000 m steeplechaseBrimin Kiprop Kipruto (Kenya)8:01.62Virginia Nyambura (Kenya)9:16.99
High jumpBohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine)2.41 mMariya LasitsKenyae (Russia)2.06 m DLR
Pole vaultArmand Duplantis (Sweden)6.10 mYelena Isinbayeva (Russia)4.93 m
Long jumpIván Pedroso (Cuba)8.56 mHeike Drechsler (Germany)7.48 m (+0.4 m/s)
Triple jumpChristian Taylor (USA)18.06 mYulimar Rojas (Venezuela)15.52 m (+0.6 m/s) DLR
Shot putRyan Crouser (USA)22.81 mValerie Adams (New Zealand)20.95 m
Discus throwVirgilijus Alekna (Lithuania)70.53 mSandra Perković (Croatia)68.96 m
Javelin throwKeshorn Walcott (Trinidad and Tobago)90.16 mSara Kolak (Croatia)68.43 m

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