The Bowerman: Ready To Shine At Zurich Diamond League

The Bowerman is going to be well-represented tomorrow at Weltklasse Zurich, the first of two final meetings for the IAAF Diamond League.

Three past winners and four current or past finalists will vie to be crowned Diamond League champions and make their pockets $50,000 richer. Second place isn’t chump change, either, coming in at $20,000 – or third place at $10,000, for that matter – but those involved with The Bowerman are used to winning.

The Bowerman At The Weltklasse Zurich

Name
Event
2019 Best (World Rank)
Keturah Orji
(2018 Women’s Winner)
Women’s Triple Jump
14.72m/48-3½ (No. 5)
Jessica Beard
(2011 Women’s Winner)
Women’s 400 Meters
51.28 (No. 34)
Jenny Simpson
(2009 Women’s Winner)
Women’s 1500 Meters
3:59.83 (No. 10)
Mondo Duplantis
(2019 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s Pole Vault
6.00m/19-8¼ (No. 3)
Rai Benjamin
(2018 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s 400 Hurdles
47.16 (No. 2)
Sydney McLaughlin
(2018 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 400 Hurdles
52.88 (No. 2)
Donavan Brazier
(2016 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s 800 Meters
1:43.63 (No. 6)
Blessing Okagbare
(2010 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 200 Meters
22.05 (No. 2)

Based solely on current world rank from the chart, Rai Benjamin (Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles), Sydney McLaughlin (Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles) and Blessing Okagbare (Women’s 200 Meters) have the best chance at winning their respective events. All three of those athletes are currently ranked second in the world (McLaughlin might have the toughest go at it, having to take down a current world record holder to do so).

Mondo Duplantis (Men’s Pole Vault) and Keturah Orji (Women’s Triple Jump) have rounded into form recently, too. Duplantis cleared 6.00m (19-8¼) for the second time this outdoor season in the pole vault, while Orji broke a three-year-old PR in the triple jump with her mark of 14.72m (48-3½) from this past weekend. Plus, just about anything can happen during the pole vault or triple jump.

Don’t count out Jessica Beard (Women’s 400 Meters) or Jenny Simpson (Women’s 1500 Meters), either. Both have shown a knack for stepping up when it counts on the world stage.

The Bowerman At The Weltklasse Zurich – Results

Name
Event
Mark
Purse
Donavan Brazier
(2016 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s 800 Meters
1:42.70
$50,000
Sydney McLaughlin
(2018 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 400 Hurdles
52.85
$50,000
Rai Benjamin
(2018 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s 400 Hurdles
46.98
$20,000
Mondo Duplantis
(2019 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s Pole Vault
5.83m
$20,000
Keturah Orji
(2018 Women’s Winner)
Women’s Triple Jump
14.43m
$6,000
Blessing Okagbare
(2010 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 200 Meters
22.62
$4,000
Jenny Simpson
(2009 Women’s Winner)
Women’s 1500 Meters
4:03.50
$2,000
Jessica Beard
(2011 Women’s Winner)
Women’s 400 Meters
52.60
$2,000

Two numbers from the above table should jump off the page at you: 46.98 and 1:42.70.

Rai Benjamin became just the third man to go sub-47 seconds in the 400 Hurdles in world history. He joins world record holder Kevin Young (46.78) and Karsten Warholm (46.92) in that regard. Warholm actually beat Benjamin on Thursday for the grand prize of $50,000.

Then we have Donavan Brazier, who took sole possession of the No. 2 spot on the all-time U.S. chart in the 800. He stormed from behind to win the Diamond League title and earn himself $50,000 in the process.

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