Diamond League Final 2021: How to watch on TV, stream details and who is competing

The 2021 Diamond League comes to a close over two days of competition involving some of the best athletes in the world

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith celebrates after winning the women's 100m final during the Diamond League athletics meeting at Gateshead International Stadium in Gateshead, north-east England on May 23, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The next couple of days will see familiar faces from the Tokyo Olympics return to the tracks to compete in the final of the Diamond League trophy.

The likes of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Dina Asher-Smith, Andre de Grasse and many more are all set to take part in the 12th meeting of the summer athletics series.

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Not only is the winner’s prize around £22,000, the series winners will also be given a wildcard for next year’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene and Oregon.

Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain, Natoya Goule of Jamaica and Jemma Reeckie of Great Britain compete during the women's 800m of the Wanda Diamond League Memorial Van Damme at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo/Getty Images)

We take a look at what the Diamond League final will bring.

What is the Diamond League?

The Diamond League consists of 14 of the best invitational athletics meetings and is in the top tier of the World Athletics one-day meeting competitions.

When is the Diamond League final taking place?

This year’s Diamond League final takes place on Wednesday 8 September and Thursday 9 September.

Where is the Diamond League final taking place?

The 2021 Diamond League final is being held at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland.

How can I watch the Diamond League final on TV?

Viewers can watch the Diamond League final on BBC Two or stream it on BBC Iplayer from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Wednesday 8 September and 6pm to 9pm on Thursday 9 September.

Who is competing?

Straight off the back of her Olympic wins, the Jamaican 100m and 200m champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah is likely to set the women’s 100m alight following on from her incredible race in Eugene last month where she ran 10.54 seconds.

Despite her lack of luck at the recent Olympic games due to injury, Dina Asher-Smith will look to return to the track in the 200m, with fellow Briton Daryll Neita on the provisional start list for the 100m.

Additionally, the British pair Keely Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie look to continue their recent successes in the women’s 800m after Hodgkinson set a national record of one minute 55.88 seconds in Tokyo.

The men’s sprint races will likely see the return of 200m Olympic champion Andre de Grasse as well as Fred Kerley, the 100m silver medallist.

Karsten Warholm comes into the Diamond League as the unsurprising favourite for the 400m men’s hurdles. The Norwegian absolutely smashed the world record by hurdling 45.94 to take the gold medal in Tokyo before running 45.51 seconds over the flat in Lausanne.

Jakob Ingebrigsten, of Norway, and Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot will take on each other again in their continuing battle in the 1,500m after Ingebrigsten ran a Games-record three minutes 28.32 seconds in Tokyo.

Two-time pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks is set to return after having to withdraw from Tokyo due to testing positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the competition.