Stockholm Diamond League: World-class field heads to Sweden

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A high-class field is expected to compete in Stockholm on Thursday as the Diamond League season travels to the Swedish capital.

The meet, the 11th of 14 for the year, will see 18 recently crowned continental champions take part - 10 of which were crowned at the European's in Zurich.

1500m show

Among the highlights of the night will be the women's 1500 metres, with two-time world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba and the winner in Zurich, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, two of the favourites.

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Also running are Swedish athletes Meraf Bahta and Abeba Aregawi, along with the world champion from 2011, USA's Jenny Simpson.

And it's Simpson who has noticed the strength of the event this year. Speaking to the Diamond League press conference she commented: "It is a uniquely exciting time for women’s 1500m running.

"Not just in terms of talent, but the depth of the talent. Nobody knows who will win. There is no strong, heavy favourite."

200m super stars

Also on the track will be the women's 200m. After seeing her world-leading time of 22.18 seconds beaten by European champion Dafne Schippers, Tori Bowie will be hoping to show her strengths as she takes on US compatriot Allyson Felix.

Felix, the Olympic champion from London, is continuing her recovery from the hamstring injury she suffered at last year's World Championships, but has been constantly improving as the season has gone on and will start as favourite.

Field events

In the field, the long jump will be the main attraction of the night, All three medalists from Zurich earlier in the month will compete, as will USA's top two jumpers at the moment - world and Olympic champion Brittney Reese, and world-leader Tianna Bartoletta.

The action begins at 19:00 BST. 

Bartoletta, the 2005 world champion, has only returned to jumping this year after seven years focusing on the track, but has taken it by storm, leaping to 7.02m earlier on in the season. She will have to produce some of that form if she wants to beat Reese, though, who has a lifetime best of 7.25m.

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