Unstoppable Athletes, Unyielding Tracks: Highlights from Athletissima and Bauhaus-galan!
12. July 2023
The last two Diamond League meetings were among the most thrilling events of the 2023 season. Lausanne, also known as the Athletissima Meeting, took place at the Pontaise Stadium with a CONICA track surface. This event was held on June 30, 2023.
The Athletissima meeting featured several captivating moments that showcased the outstanding performance of the Conica surfacing system CONIPUR M Retop surface, installed in 2014.
Some of the highlights from the event include:
- Letsile Tebogo, the World Junior record holder in the 100m, triumphed in the 200m with an impressive time of 20.01.
- Jakob Ingebrigtsen led the world once again with a remarkable time of 3:28.72 in the 1500m, accompanied by Lamecha Girma’s Ethiopian record of 3:29.52 and Josh Kerr’s fine performance of 3:29.64.
- Berihu Aregawi achieved an incredible World Leading time of 12:40.45, respectively, in the fast-paced 5000m race.
- Shunsuke Izumiya, the Japanese 110m record holder, hurdled to victory with a time of 13.22.
- The long jump competition saw an intense battle between LaQuan Nairn and Miltiadis Tentoglou, with Tentoglou winning by leaping 8.11m, compared to Nairn’s 8.07m.
- Ryan Crouser, the world record holder in shot put, delivered an extraordinary performance with a remarkable throw measuring 22.29 meters.
- Marie Jose Ta-Lou showcased her speed, delivering a fine performance of 10.88 in the 100m.
- Mary Moraa surprised everyone with her victory over Olympic and World Championship silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson in the 800m race.
- Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, the Olympic champion, narrowly defeated Tobi Amusan, the world record holder in a close finish with a time of 12.40-12.47.
- Femke Bol broke another meet record in the 400m hurdles, showcasing her talent with an impressive time of 52.76.
- Katie Moon, the Olympic champion, and World Champion, claimed victory in the pole vault with a 2023 World Leading height of 4.82m, triumphing over a tough field of competitors.
The Lausanne track, which is now nine years old, stood up well to the challenges presented by elite running, jumping, and throwing events.
On July 2, in Stockholm, the brand new Conica Vmax surface faced both Mother Nature and the athletes as cold rain mercilessly soaked the track, fans, and competitors.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, remarkable results were still achieved:
- Akani Simbine continued his winning streak, triumphing in the 100m with a time of 10.03, followed by Reece Prescod from Great Britain in 10.14.
- Djamal Sedjati of Algeria held on in a thrilling 800m race, crossing the finish line in 1:44.59.
- Karsten Warholm conquered the challenging weather conditions to win the 400m hurdles with an impressive time of 47.57.
- Soufianne El Bakkali, the Olympic and World Champion, emerged victorious in the steeplechase, completing the race in 8:09.84.
- Mondo Duplantis, the world record holder in pole vault, soared to victory with a height of 6.05m, narrowly missing a new world record at 6.23m.
- Kristjan Ceh surprised the Swedish discus star, Daniel Stahl, by winning the discus event with a throw of 69.83m.
- Darryly Neita from Great Britain secured victory in the women’s 200m, with a time of 22.50, defeating her compatriot Dina Asher Smith.
- Frewenyni Hailu claimed a tight victory in the 1500m, enduring the rain and wind to finish in 4:02.31.
- A fast-paced 5000m race, featuring 12.5 laps
onof the new Conica track, resulted in a winning time of 14:36.52.
- Tobi Amusan, the world record holder in the 100m hurdles, showcased her talent by triumphing in the event with a time of 12.52 on the damp track.
- Sandra Perkovic, a veteran in the Diamond League, returned to her winning ways, throwing an impressive 64.49m in the discus event.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, the reliability and safety of the CONICA track proved remarkable. Athletes were able to fully concentrate on their performance, demonstrating the track’s ability to provide a reliable and secure high-performance athletics surface.
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