Live Diamond League action returns in an exhibition event format on Thursday [June 11], as the traditional Oslo Bislett Games is replaced by the ‘Impossible Games’, which will see athletes compete in the Bislett Stadium as well as around the world.
The behind-closed-doors meeting, held within Norway’s infection control requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic, will feature record attempts and cross-continent racing as some of the sport’s biggest stars start their seasons.
Taking to the track alone, Norway’s two-time world 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm will target the world 300m hurdles record of 34.48 set by Britain’s Chris Rawlinson in 2002, while Sweden’s world record-holder Mondo Duplantis will also compete at the Bislett Stadium but in a pole vault contest where one of his rivals, former world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie, will vault in his own garden in France.
A team 2000m will see ‘Team Ingebrigtsen’, featuring the three Ingebrigtsen brothers – Henrik, Filip and Jakob – in Oslo, race against ‘Team Cheruiyot’, featuring Timothy Cheruiyot and Elijah Manangoi running in Nairobi, Kenya.
Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal will take on a solo attempt at Grete Waitz’s Norwegian 3000m record of 8:31.75, aided by wavelight technology, while a 200m hurdles race will feature Isabelle Pedersen.
The programme also includes a track 25,000m featuring Sondre Nordstad Moen, 600m, shot put, discus and more.
No athletes will fly into Oslo for the event, but electric cars will be used to transport athletes from the Swedish border.