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MONACO (SportingAlert) — American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson will renew their rivalry over 200m this season at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.
The pair clashed recently over 100m, with Gatlin coming out on top, but this will be there first meeting over the half-lap this season.
Gay has been out of action due to suspension, but will start as the favourite to win this time round in Stade Louis II.
Joining the pair are Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer, who upset Warren Weir to win the national title in Jamaica last month, as well as French favourite Christophe Lemaitre and USA’s World Championship bronze medalist from last year, Curtis Mitchell.
A very fast women’s 100m is also on the cards, with field includes Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, her countrywoman Veronica Campbell-Brown, Americans Tori Bowie and Allyson Felix, in addition to Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast.
Also at the meet, Diamond League leader LaShawn Merritt takes on a solid field in the men’s 400m. An improving Isaac Makwala from Botswana, who has clocked 44.01 recently, will also line up in the event, along with Luguelín Santos of the Dominican Republic and USA’s Tony McQuay.
Olympic champion and world record holder over the 110 hurdles, Aries Merritt of USA will look to get his season on track after an injury.
The American will take on the inform Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France.
In other events USA’s Ajee’ Wilson and Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya battle in the women’s 800m, world record holder David Rudisha, back to running quick times again, headlines the men’s event, where Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman and Botswana’s Nigel Amos.
World leader Kaliese Spencer battles with American Kori Carter in the women’s 400m hurdles.