Nine South African athletes will turn out in the two-leg IAAF Diamond League final, as the annual series comes to a close in Zurich on Thursday night and Brussels on Friday evening.
With the likes of Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga spearheading the charge, the SA contingent will be aiming for multiple titles.
We take a look at who will take part, where they’re competing and when you can catch them in action.
The nation has only one representative in a track event further than 400m, but Caster Semenya will be confident of carrying the SA flag to the top of the podium.
Opting to skip the 1 500m race in Brussels, she will line up as the firm favourite in Zurich, in search of her third straight Diamond League series title over two laps.
Facing a quality field which features Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Ajee Wilson of the United States, Semenya will aim to extend her three-year unbeaten streak over the 800m distance.
Nearly half the country’s representatives at the two-leg final are sprinters, but SA 100m record holder Akani Simbine is the only South African who will line up among the podium favourites against the global elite.
With Commonwealth and African titles under his belt this season, Simbine will hope to find top gear in the men’s short dash in Brussels.
Other speedsters who will take part at the Zurich leg are SA women’s 100m record holder Carina Horn, national men’s 200m champion Luxolo Adams and 400m specialist Pieter Conradie.
Having returned to the podium at the recent African Championships in Asaba, Cornel Fredericks will be eager to prove he still has the speed in his legs to put up a challenge against the fastest 400m hurdlers on the international circuit.
In the women’s 400m hurdles race, also being held in Zurich, Wenda Nel will hope to regain some of the energy she displayed earlier this season after struggling to find her best form in recent months.
Only two South Africans will turn out on the infield at the Diamond League finals, and both will compete in the men’s long jump.
With Cuban star Juan Miguel Echevarria absent from the line-up, world champion Luvo Manyonga will enter the competition as the favourite to defend the title he won last year.
In-form compatriot Ruswahl Samaai will go in search of another victory, however, after stunning Manyonga to successfully defend his African title earlier this month, and another hard-fought battle is on the cards.
Schedule of SA athletes at the IAAF Diamond League finals
8.04pm – 400m men (Pieter Conradie)
8.13pm – 800m women (Caster Semenya)
8.40pm – 100m women (Carina Horn)
8.45pm – Long jump men (Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai)
9.02pm – 400m hurdles women (Wenda Nel)
9.11pm – 200m men (Luxolo Adams)
9.44pm – 400m hurdles men (Cornel Fredericks)
7.46pm – 400m hurdles women (Wenda Nel)*
8.54pm – 100m men (Akani Simbine)
* Not a Diamond League series race