If you thought the athletics season had reached its peak with the climax of the third major championships in six weeks in Munich on Sunday, then think again.

The line-ups for the Diamond League in Lausanne on Friday, Aug 26 are mouth-watering with the women’s 100m arguably the stand-out highlight.

World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce faces Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah plus world 200m gold medallist Shericka Jackson.

The three Jamaicans won’t have it all their own way, though, as also in the field are Americans Tamara Davis, Twanisha Terry and Aleia Hobbs, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast and Swiss star Mujinga Kambundji.

Such is the quality of the race, the only athlete who has a PB slower than Dina Asher-Smith’s British record is Kambundji – and she beat Asher-Smith to the European 200m title a few days ago.

In fact, the only big names missing from this 100m clash are Asher-Smith and the newly-crowned European 100m champion Gina Lückenkemper of Germany.

With a best of 10.62 this year, Fraser-Pryce will start favourite for a race that starts just before 9pm local time on Thursday. But there is far more at the annual Athletissima meeting than the women’s 100m.

Source: AW