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Five events to watch at Zurich Diamond League

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The Diamond League season continues in Zurich on Thursday, four nights removed from the conclusion of the World Championships in Beijing.

Many World champions are in action at the first of two finals meets, where Diamond League titles will be determined. More on those season-long title races here. The full Zurich schedule and entry lists are here.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin won’t race in Zurich but could line up in Brussels on Sept. 11, although in separate events. Allyson Felix is also scheduled for Brussels and not Zurich.

Here are five events to watch in Zurich on Thursday (all times Eastern):

Men’s long jump — 2:20 p.m.

Christian Taylor, fresh off winning the World triple jump title with the second-farthest mark in history, will try to test Olympic and World champion Greg Rutherford in the long jump.

Rutherford, who won the World title with an 8.41-meter leap, is unlikely to worry about Taylor, whose personal best in the shorter jump is 8.19 meters. Instead, Americans Jeff Henderson, Marquis Dendy and Mike Hartfield will look to bounce back from finishing outside the top eight in Beijing.

Women’s 100m — 2:29 p.m.

Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has won the 100m at her last five competitions, and the streak should continue here. She won’t have to face World 100m silver medalist and 200m gold medalist Dafne Schippers in Zurich.

If anyone is to challenge the Jamaican, it’s Tori Bowie, who took 100m bronze in her Worlds debut last week, one tenth behind Fraser-Pryce. The Zurich field also includes veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was third in the 200m and fourth in the 100m in Beijing.

Men’s 400m — 2:46 p.m.

The top six finishers from the World Championships are in this race, including South African gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk, who will look to follow up his 43.48-second performance in Beijing that made him the fourth fastest man of all time in the one-lap race.

The previous two World champions, American LaShawn Merritt and Grenada’s Kirani James, were .17 and .30 behind the South African in Beijing. They should be the top competition in Zurich.

Women’s 3000m — 3:19 p.m.

The field is a gathering of middle-to-long distance running elite. From the 1500m ranks, Ethiopian World champion and world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba, the 2011 World champion Jenny Simpson and the American record holder Shannon Rowbury.

From the 3000m steeplechase is American Emma Coburn, who was fifth at Worlds. Then there’s the World champions at the 5000m and 10,000m — Ethiopian Almaz Ayana and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot.

Men’s 1500m — 3:43 p.m.

The field includes all three Worlds medalists, plus U.S. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and Kenyans Silas Kiplagat, the fastest man in the world in 2014, and Caleb Ndiku, the World 5000m silver medalist.

With Kiplagat and Ndiku plus World gold and silver medalists Asbel Kiprop and Elijah Manangoi, a Kenyan sweep of places one through four is not out of the question.

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Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

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Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

“Was starting to think that I’m so old that I can’t time trial anymore,” Mantia, a 34-year-old whose last 1500m personal best came in 2015, told media in Utah. “Maybe there’s a little bit of hope left.”

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

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Netherlands on the board; more world records at speed skating worlds

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It took four world records from other countries before the Netherlands won its first title in an Olympic program event at the world single distances speed skating championships.

Jutta Leerdam got the dominant skating nation on the board on the third day of the four-day competition and in the ninth Olympic program event. Leerdam scored an upset over defending champion and world-record holder Brittany Bowe, the American who ended up eighth.

Leerdam, 21, prevailed despite having zero World Cup podiums to her name. She clocked 1:11.84, just .23 slower than Bowe’s world record set on the same Utah Olympic Oval last year. Bowe, who recently had her yearlong win streak snapped in the 1000m, finished in 1:12.92.

“It’s a nightmare,” Bowe said, according to media on site.

Later, the Netherlands won the men’s team pursuit in a world record 3:34.68, the fifth world record in Olympic events the last two days on the world’s fastest ice at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Full results are here.

The world championships conclude Sunday, highlighted by American Joey Mantia defending his world title in the mass start.

In other Saturday events, both the men’s 1000m and women’s 5000m world records fell. On Friday, world records were lowered in the men’s 10,000m and women’s team pursuit.

Pavel Kulizhnikov followed his Friday world 500m title with the 1000m crown, repeating his double gold from 2016. Kulizhnikov was one of the Russians banned from the PyeongChang Olympics after he served a prior doping ban.

On Saturday, Kulizhnikov clocked 1:05.69 to take .49 off Dutchman Kjeld Nuis‘ record from last March, also set at Salt Lake City. Nuis, the Olympic 1000m and 1500m champion, took silver, 1.03 seconds behind.

Russian Natalya Voronina and Czech Martina Sablikova both went under Sablikova’s world record in the 5000m. Voronina came out on top in 6:39.02, 2.99 seconds faster than Sablikova’s record from a year ago and 2.16 seconds faster than Sablikova on Saturday.

Voronina’s time would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1993. Sablikova won the previous 10 world titles in the event dating to 2007.

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