Many of the leading athletes from the recent Euro Champs return to Zurich for the prestigious Weltklasse meeting on Thursday evening. This time they faced the cream from the rest of the World in what many call the "mini Olympics". There was no Usain Bolt but many other stars graced the Letzigrund Stadium as the Diamond League approached its climax. In Bolt's absence, his compatriots Bailey-Cole and former world record holder, Osafa Powell lined up in a classy 100m. America's Rodgers and Euro Champ Dasaolu fared better than many of the bigger name opponents (including Tyson Gay) to take 2nd and 3rd,respectively, but it was Bailey-Cole who charged to victory in 9.96 seconds, despite the slowest reaction time in the field. GB's 200m Euro Champ, Adam Gemili had a promising run out at the lesser distance in fifth, a place behind Powell. The 200m was won in a swift 19.95 seconds by Alonso Edward who edged Nickel Ashmeade by a mere six hundredths. Double Euro silver medallist Lemaitre could only manage fourth. 

Double Euro champion Dafne Schippers was beaten into fourth in the women’s 100m, as Campbell-Brown edged out Ahoure with Commonwealth Champ Okagbare back in third. Euro 100m hurdles champion Tiffany Porter was similarly well beaten in her event, as Harper-Nelson won in 12.58 secs ahead of Olympic champ Pearson of Australia, with Porter settling for third. World Record holder David Rudisha has not been at his best this season in the 800m and despite trying to come from the back instead of front running, he still could not catch Commonwealth champ Amos (1:43.77) in the final stages, slipping back to third as seven men went sub 1:45.

There were mixed results for some of the female Euro Champs’ winners in the field events. Perkovic was a clear winner in the discus, but high jump champ Beitia was pushed back to third behind the silver and bronze medallists from the Euros as Kuchina (pb of 2metres) and Simic took first and second this time. Spanovic gained some revenge over her Euro conqueror Lesueur, who was disappointing in the long jump. The male Euro Champions found it hard to replicate their success on the night, with Storl second to American Hoffa in the shot put, Compaore being pipped to first by Christian Taylor’s final effort in the triple jump (17.51m to 17.45m, with Claye 3rd on 17.39m) and Rooney having to settle for fourth being World Champion Lashawn Merritt’s swift 44.36secs in the 400m. There was a surprise in the men’s javelin as Germany’s Rohler unleashed 87.63m in the first round to win by nearly two metres from Walcott with Pitkamaki third. Rohler could only finish 12th at the recent Euros, but the formbook was upset as Euro winner Ruuskanen placed only sixth here.

The Swiss held out hopes of a repeat victory for Euro Champ and home favourite Hussein in the men’s 400m hurdles as he entered the home straight, but he faded to 4th despite setting a new pb as Fredericks set a season’s best of 48.25 secs to pip Tinsley, with Culson third. In a desperate finish to the women’s 1500m, two Americans crashed to the ground as they battled for the victory in a shade under four minutes, with Simpson being given the verdict over Rowbury by one hundredth of a second. Hassan the Euro champ faded to finish fourth. The final event was set up to provide some Swiss delight, but the women's 4 x 100m relay did not quite go to script, as GB's ladies set a new National Record to win ahead of strong Jamaican and US teams, with the Swiss team as in the Euros failing to finish. #Celebrities #Athletics