BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain, Sporting Alert – The IAAF Diamond League series shifts to Birmingham on Sunday for the sixth stop on the journey and another thriller could be on the cards.
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More than 60 current major championships medallists are listed among the Olympic hopefuls set to compete, as the preparations for Rio continue.
One of the highlighted athletes on the schedule for Sunday is American hurdler Kendra Harrison, who only recently became the second-fastest woman in history over the 100m hurdles.
At the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, late last month, Harrison posted a stomping 12.24 seconds to dominate her rivals and set a new U.S. record in the event.
The former NCAA star will be hoping to extend those form in Birmingham, this weekend against 2013 IAAF world Championships gold medallist Brianna Rollins, who previously held the American record, another American Dawn Harper-Nelson, London 2012 Olympic Games champion Sally Pearson of Australia and Great Britain’s reigning European champion Tiffany Porter.
Olympic champion and world leader Kirani James of Grenada leads the starters in the men’s 400m and he will come up against fellow countryman Bralon Taplin, Isaac Makwala of Botswana, American Vernon Norwood and Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith in the race for the title.
Also set to compete are Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Trayvon Bromell, Andre De Grasse, Ameer Webb, Dafne Schippers, Georganne Moline, Eilidh Doyle and David Rudisha.
Olympic and world champion Farah will compete in the men’s 3000m, which is not a Diamond League scoring event, but the Britain distance star is looking forward to racing at home.
“I love Birmingham – I’m hoping I can give something back to the fans. I want to go out there and just enjoy it. We have strong fields so it should be a good event,” he said.
“I’m still hungry and want to do the best that I can, that hasn’t changed one bit. I’m thankful to be injury-free and have the right mind set.
“My aim is to continue winning medals but the hardest thing is being away from my four kids. It breaks my heart but apart from that I’m still enjoying it and I love it.”
Rudisha steps down to race in the men’s 600m.