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19 world champions to compete at Weltklasse meet

August 19, 2013

ZURICH (AP) — Organizers of Weltklasse say 19 world championships gold medalists will compete at the Diamond League meet next week.

Usain Bolt leads a 100-meters lineup on Aug. 29. It will feature the top six finishers in the worlds final in Moscow last week.

High jump world champion Bohdan Bondarenko heads a Weltklasse entry that includes the top eight in Moscow. The Ukrainian almost broke the 20-year-old world record mark at the Lausanne Diamond League meet in July.

Weltklasse organizers say Ethiopians Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba — the women’s world champions over 5,000 and 10,000, respectively — will race the 5,000.

Weltklasse stages the first half of the season-ending Diamond League finals. Brussels hosts the remaining events Sept. 6 at the Van Damme Memorial meet.

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