Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 5, 2018
Lausanne - Sports
Organised every summer at the Pontaise Olympic Stadium in Lausanne, Athletissima is an international athletics meeting. Part of the Diamond League, this sporting event owes its renown to the presence of world athletics stars and the enthusiasm of local and international spectators.
A key event in world athletics, Athletissima is THE sporting event of the summer in Lausanne. Nearly 15,000 spectators gather every year to watch the performances of 250 international athletes.
Since its beginnings, Athletissima has been popular with spectators as well as stars of international sport who appreciate the friendly ambiance of the Stade de la Pontaise and the unique proximity with spectators. Witness to this exceptional communion is this famous memory from the first ever Athletissima which took place in 1977 when Lausanne was being battered by heavy rain preventing the athletes from giving their best. Already won over by the local spectators, the stars of the event decided to return to Lausanne three weeks later to offer their fans the performance they deserved.
Pole Vaulting in Ouchy with Lavillenie, Kendricks and Duplantis
Brand new for 2018: on the evening of Wednesday 4 July, Athletissima will be holding a City Event with a world championship-level pole vaulting competition in a breathtaking setting in lakeside Ouchy. Competitors will include the very best in the business, with world record holder and favourite of the Lausanne public Renaud Lavillenie, young prodigy and U20 world record holder Armand Duplantis, and Sam Kendricks, Shawnacy Barber and Pawel Wojciechowski, world champions from 2017, 2015 and 2011 respectively. A high-flying event at the Place de la Navigation that's not to be missed.