Preview and schedule of the Impossible Games: Ingebrigtsen vs. Cheruiyot
The duel between Canadian Armand Duplantis, world record holder in pole vault, and his predecessor, French Renaud Lavillenie, and a Norway-Kenya clash in 2,000 meters they concentrate the attention, this Thursday, in the meeting of Oslo, that has changed the classic Bislett for the Impossible Games in a stadium without public.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which forced to cancel all previous Diamond League rallies, has also demanded that the organizers of Oslo keep all the precautions that the health authorities prescribe regarding distancing.
The Duplantis-Lavillenie duel will open
The competition program begins at 19:25 with the pole vault, in which Duplantis and Lavillenie, who have the same outdoor brand (6.05), will be accompanied by two local athletes, Simen Guttormsem and Pal Haugen Lillefosse.
The three Norwegian brothers Ingebrigtsen -Henrik, Filip and Jakob, from highest to lowest- they will hold a duel against the Kenyan team in 2,000 meters, in which they will form Timothy Cheruiyot (world champion 1,500), Elijah Manangoi (world champion 1,500 in 2017) and Vincent Kibet.
Jakob, 19, a double European champion (1,500 and 5,000), has broken the Norwegian record of 5 km en route with a time of 13:28, with a partial of 4:59 in the last two.
The women's 300m hurdles race includes a curious challenge for the Swiss Lea Sprunger, who started out as a heptathlete, in 2011 passed at pure speed (100 and 200) and four years later she tried her luck in the 400 and 400m hurdles, tests in which it has the national records with 54.06 and 50.52, respectively.
This Thursday will try to run the 300m hurdles with 13 steps between each obstacle, the same bar that the legendary Edwin Moses used and until now not reached by an athlete. "I'll probably pay for the effort in the second half of the race, but when you try new things you can't expect complete success any time soon. More than 400 days remain before the Olympics, ”he said.
Warholm, for the World Record of 300
The double world champion of 400m hurdles Karsten Warholm, the jewel of Norwegian athletics, he will run alone the 300 with the aim of getting closer to the best world brand in history in this unofficial test, held by the British Chris Rawlinson with a record of 34.48.
A solo 3,000 by Karoline Grovdal will close the rally program to be broadcast live by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and funded by the Norwegian National Athletics Association and World Athletics (formerly IAAF). The Norwegian athlete will have the help of a laser light that will set the pace to try to beat the old national record held by Grete Waitz with 8: 31.75 for 41 years, on July 17, 1979.
Oslo meeting director and Bislett Alliance CEO Steinar Hoen said the athletes were "hungry for competitions." "We want to give them a high-class event. We have had a very positive dialogue with both the municipality of Oslo and the head of infection prevention in Oslo, and we have confirmed a concept that is well within the government's infection control requirements, "he added.
- Vincent Keter (@vincketer) June 10, 2020