We’re just under a month out from Worlds, which means that it’s crunch time: races matter and fitness needs to be there. As fans, it means we get treated to loaded fields on the circuit as everyone sharpens up.
That was the backdrop for the Diamond League’s London leg, held at the Olympic Stadium (which is now also the home of West Ham in the Premier League – talk about repurposing a stadium). And man, this meet did not disappoint. Fifty thousand fans got treated to an array of athletes in (almost) peak form race head-to-head in races that actually matter (you don’t wanna lose to someone you’ve gotta race in 4 weeks). And the athletes showed up.
We witnessed established stars such as Noah Lyles running 200m in 19.47 (breaking his tie with Usain Bolt for the record number of times under 20 seconds in a wind-legal 200m), comeback stories like Wayde van Niekerk winning another 400m as he returns from long-term injury, and new stars like Femke Bol running the third fastest 400m hurdle ever.
The cards are on the table now, so enjoy the scenes from London below and strap in for an exciting month to come as the world’s best in track and field make their way to the global showdown.