May 28 – Dalilah Muhammad, the former world record holder and 2016 Rio Olympic champion, will make her season debut in the 400m hurdles at the 2023 Rabat Wanda Diamond League meeting on Sunday. Muhammad, who has been participating in various events outside of her specialty this season, aims to test her fitness and start her world championships quest with a strong performance.
During the current outdoor season, Muhammad has achieved a time of 53.41 seconds in the open 400m event and has actively competed in 4x400m relay races during the indoor campaign. However, her focus now shifts to the 400m hurdles, where she will face a formidable field that also includes fellow American athlete Shamier Little.
Little, the 2015 world silver medalist, will also be making her first appearance in the 400m hurdles this season. Displaying a strong presence on the track this year, she has already participated in three open 400m races during the outdoor campaign. – Read more: How to watch the 2023 Rabat Wanda Diamond League live?
Notably, Little recorded a time of 50.84 seconds at the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, securing second place. In this upcoming race on Sunday, the experience athlete will seek to record a victory against her compatriot Muhammad, as a step towards the U.S. Championships in July.
Joining Muhammad and Little in the women’s 400m hurdles at the 2023 Rabat Wanda Diamond League meeting are athletes capable of causing an upset.
The Jamaican contingent includes Janieve Russell, Shiann Salmon, and Rushell Clayton, while Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova and Panama’s Gianna Woodruff will also be in the starting blocks.
2023 Rabat Wanda Diamond League- Women’s 400m hurdles start list:
- Lane 1: Noura Ennadi (MAR) – PB: 56.45
- Lane 2: Gianna Woodruff (PAN) – SB: 56.00, PB: 53.69
- Lane 3: Shiann Salmon (JAM) – SB: 55.56, PB: 53.82
- Lane 4: Shamier Little (USA) – PB: 52.39
- Lane 5: Rushell Clayton (JAM) – PB: 53.33, SB: 54.41
- Lane 6: Dalilah Muhammad (USA) – PB: 51.58
- Lane 7: Janieve Russell (JAM) – PB: 53.08
- Lane 8: Anna Ryzhykova (UKR) – PB: 52.96