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The Weltklasse Zurich is one of the world's premier annual athletics meeting, featuring both track and field events.
Translating as "World Class Zurich" it is renowned for attracting the superstars of athletics and is often referred to as "the One Day Olympics", such is its importance in the sporting calendar.
The event dates right back to 1928 and is normally held each August at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich. Over the years it has been promoted by the IAAF (the International Association of Athletics Federations) under a number of guises, previously as the one of the Golden League events and now as part of the IAAF Diamond League.
The Weltklasse Zurich has been the scene of some of the most famous races and world records in the sport, with the likes of Seb Coe (the 1500m in 1979 and the Mile in 1981), Evelyn Ashford (100m in 1984), Mary Slaney (the Mile in 1985), Harry 'Butch' Reynolds (the 400m in 1988), Roger Kingdom (the 100m Hurdles in 1989), Moses Kiptanui (the 300m Steeplechase in 1992 and again in 1995), Haile Gebrselassie (the 5000m in both 1995 and 1997), Wilson Kipketer (the 800m in 1997) and Asafa Powell (the 100m in 2006) all having broken world-records at the meeting over the years.
The next Weltklasse Diamond League Athletics Zurich will take place on 24 August 2017.
The official Weltklasse Diamond League Athletics Zurich site is: www.diamondleague-zurich.com