Friday 18 September, 2020

Omar McLeod to compete at Zurich Inspiration Games on July 9

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod.

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod.

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod is set to be in action at the Weltklasse Zurich Inspiration Games on July 9.

The innovative format will see the world's best athletes line up in a series of three-way clashes among Europe, the USA, and the rest of the world.

The hotshot Jamaican sprint hurdler will compete in a 100-yard race with Canada’s Olympic silver and bronze medallist Andre De Grasse and France’s Jimmy Vicaut.

The Weltklasse Zurich Inspiration Games will see 30 track and field superstars compete across eight disciplines in an innovative team event spanning seven stadiums and three continents. The aim is not only to provide live sport for athletics fans across the world but also to inspire the next generation.

Multiple world and Olympic champion Allyson Felix, based in California, will have a virtual race over 150 metres against Olympic 400m champion Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo in Florida, while Switzerland’s world 200m bronze medallist Mujinga Kambundji will race on a home track.

Other events will involve US world 200m champion Noah Lyles in his principal distance, world and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad will run over 300m hurdles, world indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris of the United States will take on Rio 2016 champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, and in the triple jump world and Olympic champion Christian Taylor will take on Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Spain and fellow countryman Omar Craddock.

As host of the Wanda Diamond League Final, Weltklasse had expected to welcome the world's biggest athletics stars to Zurich this year. But with this year's edition cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Swiss fans will now have to wait until 2021 and 2022 for the three-day series finale to return to the city.

Instead, Zurich plans to take itself to the world by hosting the Weltklasse Zurich Inspiration Games, an innovative new live team event, with dozens of athletes competing simultaneously in different venues across the globe.

"We want to offer fans what they have long been yearning for: a world-class live athletics event," said meeting director Christoph Joho.





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