Weltklasse Zurich will be held 24 Aug 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Weltklasse Zurich is one of the first large-scale international athletics events (outside the Olympics), it is sometimes referred to as the one day Olympics. It is an annual, invitation-only, world-class track and field meeting at the Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland and it is generally held at the end of August. Only the best get to compete in Zurich. And once entered in the prestigious start lists, they are determined to seize the opportunity to give it their best in front of the competent yet supporting Letzigrund audience. An exclusive circle of athletes will compete in Zurich not only to win their event, but to claim the overall win of the IAAF Diamond League. The glory of the Diamond Trophy and a prize money of 40 000 US dollars represent an additional motivation to the athletes. Weltklasse Zurich is an event and I like events...
Weltklasse Zürich first took place on August 12, 1928. In the beginning, the meeting was nicknamed by the public as the "Nurmi meeting" after the most admired and celebrated participant at the time, Paavo Nurmi. On 21 June 1960, on the Letzigrund track, Armin Hary managed to run the 100 metres as the first human being in 10.0 seconds.
The most popular "rubber-like" track surface utilized at all modern Olympic and World Championship competitions (both indoors and outdoors) are those made by Italian company Mondo. However, a new surface at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich was developed in 2014 by Swiss company CONICA and retopped CONICA's new surface which provides athletes with better stability of the big toes, ankles, and in particular of their knees. This effect results in a smaller loss of energy in these joints, and therefore in less oscillation of the body’s center of gravity. The new surface of the track therefore creates even better conditions for fast times.