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Yulimar leads the final in the Diamond League

Rojas will be the figure tomorrow when he tries to win his third consecutive title

The Diamond League final is closer after a qualifying journey that spanned five months, 13 meetings and four continents.

The world's best athletes are set to battle for the Diamond Trophy at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, USA, so it's important to take a look at the road to this defining day.

Yulimar Rojas began his title defense relatively late this year, having missed the opening competition in Rabat and only arriving at the Oslo circuit in mid-June.

However, the world record holder wasted no time in scoring points. A solid victory in Norway was followed by a competition record and world lead of 15,18m in Silesia and a brilliant 15,15m in Zurich.

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Last week in Brussels, Jamaican rival Shanieka Ricketts joined the 15m fun with a personal best of 15,01m. But it is Rojas who arrives in Eugene as a favorite, as well as the Cuban, now naturalized Italian, and title holder of the event, Andy Díaz, who is on a roll.

Other stars for their own

Reigning Diamond League champion Miltiadis Tentoglou finally reached the top of the rankings in the men's long jump, but it was not an easy journey for the Greek superstar. In women, the Serbian Ivana Vuleta will seek to repeat.

On the other hand, high jump remains one of the most contested disciplines in 2023. In fact, American high jumper Juvaughn Harrison is the favorite. For the ladies, the Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh will repeat.

The battle for the diamond in the pole vault will be between the American Katie Moon and the Australian Nina Kennedy. For men, all eyes will be focused on the Swede Mondo Duplantis.

He is in good shape heading into Eugene and will arrive determined to take one more chance to reach a new all-time record (6.23 meters).

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