Maria Lasitskene topping 2.00m in the high jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Jean Pierre Durand) © Copyright
General News Rome, Italy

Trio of global medallists set for Rome high jump – IAAF Diamond League

World champion Maria Lasitskene, world silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko and world indoor bronze medallist Alessia Trost will highlight the high jump at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League, on 31 May.

Held on the legendary infield where Stefka Kostadinova set the world record of 2.09m in 1987, the high jump looks set to be one of the highlights of the meeting in Rome.

Lasitskene is undefeated since July 2016 and has notched up a streak of 38 consecutive victories. She has won two world titles, two world indoor titles and two IAAF Diamond League trophies.

The 25-year-old won in Rome last year with 2.00m and went on to set an IAAF Diamond League record of 2.06m in Lausanne, climbing to fifth place on the world all-time list.

Levchenko earned the silver medal at last year’s World Championships at the age of 19, clearing two metres for the first time in her career with 2.01m. Earlier in the year, the Ukrainian won the European under-23 title.

Trost earned the bronze medal at the recent World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, her first global medal since winning the world U20 title in 2012. The Italian joined the two-metre club back in 2013 at the age of 19; since then, she earned European under-23 gold in 2013 and 2015, European indoor silver in 2015, and finished fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Organisers for the IAAF

2018 IAAF Diamond League calendar
4 May – Doha, QAT
12 May – Shanghai, CHN
26 May – Eugene, USA
31 May – Rome, ITA
7 Jun – Oslo, NOR
10 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
30 Jun – Paris, FRA
5 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
13 Jul – Rabat, MAR
20 Jul – Monaco, MON
21-22 Jul – London, GBR
18 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
30 Aug – Zurich, SUI
31 Aug – Brussels, BEL