04 July, 2018

Lausanne: Press Conference Highlights

Coming off a sizzling hot Paris Diamond League there was a lot to talk about in Lausanne on Wednesday, as athlete's geared up for round eight of the series.

With the race to the final now well and truly on, a number of athletes are looking to extend their leads in the overall rankings, whilst others are rounding into their best form and hoping to provide a late challenge.

One such athlete is London 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr, who sits fifth in the pole vault standings. Suhr hasn't competed at an overseas Diamond League for three years, but did win on home soil in Eugene. In Lausanne she talked about how close she came to retirement and her new found love for the sport.

That women's pole vault is set to be one of the highlights of the meeting, with the likes of Sandi Morris and Katerina Stefanidi also in the line-up, the former sitting pretty at the top of the standings. The women's pole vault hasn't featured in Lausanne for some 12 years, and Stefanidi believes that Yelena Isinbayeva's meeting record could well be under threat.

After going beyond 17.80m to win the triple jump at a meeting in Budapest on Monday night, Christian Taylor proved that his jumping is still going exceptionally well, despite running a number of 400m races earlier this season. He is still chasing his goal of a sub 45 second clocking however, for which he blames his friend Ashton Eaton.

Another athlete on fire in Budapest was Sergey Shubenkov, who after false starting in the 110mH final in Paris set a stunning 12.92 world lead in Hungary. That was a personal best and just two hundredths shy of the European record, which he admits he would like to challenge this season, if not in Lausanne.

On the track, Abderrahman Samba stole the show once more in Paris, as he became the second fastest 400m hurdler in history with a sub 47 run. It wasn't the perfect race however, so he believes he can go even faster – a scary proposition!

Another race to watch out for on Thursday evening is the men's 200m, featuring the fastest man in the world this year over both 100m and 200m, Noah Lyles. With two Diamond League victories out of two this season in Doha and Eugene, the American hopes to write his name into the record books.

Here's what he had to say when asked if he could perhaps be the next Usain Bolt...

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