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For the first time, part of the Weltklasse has been relocated to Sechseläutenplatz, between the lake and the opera house. A crazy logistical challenge for a captivating result.

When it was time to leave the office on Wednesday at the end of the day, the people of Zurich rubbed their eyes. A gigantic and ephemeral arena, between the lake and the opera house, had sprung up in a few hours. On Sechseläutenplatz, where the Böögg – the Bonhomme Winter in good French – is traditionally burned, an athletics stadium was set up for the evening. A tartan track, long and high jump, shot put, all right in the city center, to send a message to the world of sport: it is in Zurich that athletics is innovating. Already used to leaving its Letzigrund for ten years for a pole vault competition in the station hall, the Weltklasse has seen even bigger things this year.

Next Wednesday, the Weltklasse in Zurich, the final of the Diamond League season, will offer a new track in the city center. The model intrigues as much as it questions.

The fresh Italian Olympic champion set Lausanne city center on fire. Not enough to win the competition from the height of Athletissima, who fell into the hands of Russian Ilya Ivanyuk.