Set your alarms for 8pm as Caster and Luvo take centre stage at Diamond League final

Caster Semenya of South Africa during a press conference prior to the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting at the stadium Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland, August 29, 2018. Picture: EPA/Walter Bieri
Caster Semenya of South Africa during a press conference prior to the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting at the stadium Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland, August 29, 2018. Picture: EPA/Walter Bieri

With just a few hours before the International Association of Athletic’s Federation (IAAF) Diamond League final takes off at Zurich’s Stadion Litzegrund this evening, the starting lists have been confirmed.

South Africa will be represented by eight athletes across seven disciplines tonight.

Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga will be defending their Diamond trophy in the 800m and long jump events, respectively.


Here are the starting times for tonights events:

400m: Pieter Conradie (8.04pm)

800m: Caster Semenya (8.13pm)

100m: Carina Horn (8.40pm)

Long Jump: Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai (8.45pm)

400m hurdles (women): Wenda Nel (9.02pm)

200m: Luxolo Adams (9.11pm)

400m hurdles (men): Cornel Fredericks (9.44pm)

Semenya stands to attain a historic hat-trick of Diamond titles and claim the $50 000 (R717 000) prize money at stake.

The 27-year-old will contest the 800m final in Zürich, Switzerland, on Thursday, the event in which she is the defending champion after first claiming the title of the two-lapper in 2016.

Should she win, she will equal Eunice Jepkoech Sum’s record of three Diamond titles. The Kenyan managed her hat-trick between 2013 and 2015.

Manyonga, meanwhile, will be eager to prove he is still the best in the Long Jump on the international circuit.

Even though his Cuban rival Juan Miguel Echevarria is not in the start lists, Manyonga will line up against compatriot Ruswahl Samaai, who edged him out to retain the African title in Asaba, Nigeria earlier this month, and promising an exciting battle on the cards.

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