16 June, 2017

Stockholm: 5 Things To Look Out For

Who will follow Semenya into the Final? Can De Grasse extend his lead? We take you through the key stories at the latest stage on the Road To The Final.

1. Hurdlers see chance to widen the gap (110mH M)

After two rounds in the men's 110m hurdles, there is already a visible gap between those at the top of the standings and those struggling to stay in the top eight. That gap could get even bigger after Stockholm, as the likes of Orlando Ortega and Sergey Shubenkov, both in the top three, look to expand their lead with another big points haul and get one step closer to the Final. For British athlete Andrew Pozzi, meanwhile, has a chance to consolidate his place in the top eight if he can pick up points and pull away from the chasing pack.

2. Skoog looks to break top 12 at home (High Jump W)

Mariya Lasitskene has dominated the women's high jump so far this season with two victories, and is fast becoming the favourite to relieve Ruth Beitia of the crown she has held for two years in a row. Lasitskene is one of several athletes in Stockholm who already hold a place in the crucial top 12 qualifying positions, but there is one athlete on the start list who is notable by her absence in the standings. Swedish jumper Sofie Skoog is yet to pick up any points this season, and will be hoping that a home advantage can inspire her to a high finish, catapulting her into the top 12 and giving her a chance of a place in the IAAF Diamond League Final.

3. Dominant discus throwers to consolidate top eight? (Discus M)

Seven of the eight competitors in the men's discus at Stockholm also find themselves in the top eight of the qualification standings. With just two rounds left after this weekend, victory for any of those seven could be decisive on the Road To The Final. After his victory in Oslo, joint leader Daniel Ståhl is the favourite to win on home soil this Sunday, but others such as Piotr Malachowski, Philip Milanov and Frederick Dacres could also put one foot in the final with a big points haul in Sweden.

4. Who will follow Semenya into the Final? (800m W)

With Caster Semenya having already booked her place in the Final, Stockholm is an opportunity for the chasing pack to pick up big points as they look to secure a top eight spot. Of those running on Sunday, Francine Niyonsaba could technically follow Semenya's lead and wrap up Final qualification with a win, while for the likes of Selina Büchel and Lynsey Sharp, this is a huge opportunity to pick up big points and climb up the standings into a qualifying position.

5. De Grasse dominant, big names in danger (100m M)

Andre De Grasse went top of the 100m qualification standings with a win in Oslo, and a follow-up victory in Stockholm would surely guarantee him a place in the Final. For others such as Adam Gemili and Churunday Martina, this is a chance to grab a secure position in the top eight, pulling away from big names such as Kim Collins, Asafa Powell and Jimmy Vicaut, all of whom currently don't occupy a qualifying position.