Few athletes have a better handle on the pleasure and the pain that the sport of athletics can generate than Bogdan Bondarenko.
The world’s finest high jumpers will return to the Oslo Bislett Games for a showdown at the fifth leg of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League on 15 June as the gold, silver and bronze medallists from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are all confirmed to compete in the Norwegian capital.
The traditional pre-meeting press conference at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels brought together the two highest profile protagonists from the men’s high jump and women’s 100m on Thursday (8).
There were 37,727 spectators in Rome’s Olympic Stadium for the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Thursday (2), and the vast majority of them saved their loudest cheers for local hero high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, who put almost as much effort into rousing them to greater decibels as he did into a compelling competition which was eventually won by Ukraine’s 2013 world champion Bogdan Bondarenko.
Freshly crowned world indoor high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi will take on an outstanding field that includes former global champions Bogdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Barshim at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, the fifth stop of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series, set for Rome's Olympic stadium on Thursday (2 June).
Bogdan Bondarenko, the 2013 world champion in the high jump, and world pole vault champion Shawn Barber have joined the fields for Lausanne’s Athletissima meeting set for 25 August, the 11th stop of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series.
Last June, Almaz Ayana clocked an African all-comers' 3000m record of 8:22.22 in Rabat and her recent win over the same distance on Doha in 8:23.11 prompts the question, how fast can she run over 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in the Moroccan city on Sunday (22)?
The newest meeting on the IAAF Diamond League circuit has confirmed the first wave of top athletes set to compete at the Meeting International Mohammed VI in Rabat on 22 May.
China’s very own high jump hero Zhang Guowei is set to star at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on 14 May, where he will come face-to-face with Bogdan Bondarenko, organisers announced on Friday (9).