Meeting of the Titans downtown.
Four of the world's top five athletes will take part in the Athletissima high jump competition on Wednesday, which will be held as a "City Event" downtown. The show promises to be spectacular in the Flon Valley, with the presence of the very outgoing Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi.
It was one of the highlights, if not the highlight of the Tokyo Games: Tamberi threw himself into the arms of Mutaz Barshim after the two athletes had agreed, with a glance, to share the gold medal. Both had reached 2m37 and were also tied on the number of attempts. Perfect parity. This moment of sharing and fraternity left its mark. Especially since both Tamberi and Barshim had struggled to get back to their best level after injuries.
The two men were due to meet again this Wednesday in Lausanne. But Barshim was held up at the last minute by an invitation from the Emir of Qatar, an honour that cannot be refused.
Nevertheless: Tamberi (no. 2 in the 2021 world rankings) will be there, as well as Maksim Nedasekau (no. 1) from Belarus and the two athletes under neutral flag, Ilya Ivanyuk (no. 4) and Mikhail Akimenko (no. 5) from Russia.
Nedasekau won bronze in Tokyo with 2m37, as did Tamberi and Barshim. He was only beaten on the number of attempts. He will be eager for revenge at the Centrale Place in Lausanne (competition starts at 6 pm), especially since he keeps improving, at 23 years old. Nedasekau leads 12 to 5 in his direct confrontations with Tamberi.
The Italian, who likes to put on a show, has what it takes to keep the 1500 people around the vault in suspense. The public still remembers the magnificent "City Event" 2020, marked by the 6m07 pole vault of world record holder Armand Duplantis, winner of a high-flying duel against Sam Kendricks. These competitions in town always have a special atmosphere.
Tamberi and Nedasekau did not win on Wednesday. Ilya Ivanyuk has already cleared 2m37 this year and is world bronze medallist. His compatriot Mikhail Akimenko is world vice champion, with a record of 2m35.
The audience will be passionate about Loïc Gasch. Better than a « local of the stage», the man from Vaud has held the Swiss record since this year (2m33). He missed the final of the Olympic Games but will be keen to show what he has under his skin.
We will also have to keep an eye on the Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko, the "highest" man on the stage with a record of 2m40. However, this performance is a little dated (2014 in Lausanne).
From 6 pm to 8 pm
Place Centrale, Lausanne
Free entry, no reservations possible.
The organizer will ensure that all health protection measures are taken, according to the standards in force on the day of the event.
ENTRY ALLOWED ONLY WITH COVID CERTIFICATE - FROM 16 YEARS OLD
Before arriving at the CITY EVENT
In case of symptoms, please stay at home. Please take a valid ID with you, which will be checked together with the covid certificate. An identity document is also required for minors under 16 years of age.
How to get a COVID certificate?
You will find all the necessary information on the canton’s official site: www.vd.ch.
To access the stadium, you must present your ID card and your COVID certificate that complies with one of the following conditions:
A. You have been given a vaccine against COVID-19. Valid for one year from the administration of the last (2nd) dose of vaccine.
B. You have contracted SARS-CoV-2 and are considered cured. Validity: 6 months from the 11th day following confirmation of infection.
C. Show a negative result from one of the following COVID-19 tests
➡️SARS-CoV-2 rapid test (antigenic) according to the “diagnostic standard” carried out at most 48 hours before the start of the event. This can be done at a pharmacy and is free for everyone.
➡️PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out at most 72 hours before the start of the event.