Suzhou is hosting the second Diamond League meeting of the season on April 27, 2024.

The Diamond League will open with two meets in the Diamond League series in China, which will open the season. Suzhou will be held on April 27, 2024, and will feature some of the finest athletes in our global sport! 

The Shanghai/Suzhou Diamond League will host the greatest pole vaulters of all time on April 27, when Armand “Mondo” Duplantis will visit Suzhou.

The three-time World Athlete of the Year is the reigning world and Olympic champion and indoor and outdoor world record holder. One week after opening up his Diamond League season in Xiamen to the southwest, he will head to Shanghai/Suzhou in a mini-Chinese tour.

On joining the elite field in Shanghai/Suzhou, Duplantis said: “I always wanted to compete in China, and now it will finally happen. I look forward to it and hope to see a big crowd!”

No athlete in history has made as many clearances over 6m as the Swede, with the 6.23m he jumped in Eugene to take the 2023 Diamond League title the seventh time he has broken the world record.

GLASGOW, UK – MAR 3 : Image of Mondo DUPLANTIS the World Athletics Indoor Championships on MAR 3, 2024 in GLASGOW, UK (Photo by Dan Vernon for World Athletics).

The 24-year-old Duplantis has had an unblemished season so far and comes into 2024 as the two-time reigning world champion, having successfully defended his title in Budapest. Also, last weekend, he took the gold in Glasgow during the World Indoor Championships.

Meeting director Ellen van Langen: “I am happy to be back after five years in China with the Shanghai/Suzhou Diamond League, and it is great to be able to announce Mondo Duplantis first being the number one athlete in the world. I am curious what he’ll be able to perform with the support of the Chinese crowds.”.

Mondo Duplantis, photo by Kevin Morris

Shanghai/Suzhou will see many of the world’s best offer the first glimpse of their Olympic-year form with star-studded fields to be revealed soon offering showpiece events. Highlights in track events include the men’s 100m, 800m and 5000m and the women competing over 200m, 400m as well as a variety of other events, all in one jam-packed day. Highlights in field events include men’s pole vault and women’s shot put.

The second of 15 Diamond League fixtures will offer all important points in the quest for the Brussels final, to be held on 13-14th September.