Jamaicans Elaine Thompson-Herah and Omar McLeod are two of the biggest names down to compete at Tuesday’s (13 July) Gateshead Diamond League meeting. US sprinter Trayvon Bromell, German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter and British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson are among the athletes competing at what is the final meeting in the Diamond League series before the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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The meeting will stage 14 Diamond League disciplines – the 200m, 400m, 1500m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, pole vault and long jump for women, and the 100m, 800m, 3000m, 110m hurdles, high jump, triple jump and javelin for men.
Elaine Thompson is down to contest the women’s 200m dash. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games sprint double champion last ran the 200m at the Jamaica Olympic Trials. She finished third in a season-best is 22.02. She finished behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ran a personal best 21.79 and Shericka Jackson, whose 21.82 was also a PB.
Fellow Jamaican Natasha Morrison is also in the field. American Tamara Clarke, who has a season-best of 21.98, is the fastest this year in the field.
Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and Great Britain’s Jodie Williams are also down to compete.
Dina Asher-Smith is out of Tuesday’s (13 July) Gateshead Diamond League.
However, Asher-Smith and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Thompson-Herah, Gabby Thomas, and Jackson will be involved in Tokyo 2020 hot sprints.
“As you all know, I love running in front of a home crowd, but I have to make smart decisions for myself and my body ahead of Tokyo,” Asher-Smith said in a statement on Twitter.
“I’m sorry to those who were hoping to see me run this week, but I’m looking forward to making you all proud in a few weeks time,” Asher-Smith added.
Americans Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley and Isiah Young, with season-best times of 9.77, 9.68 and 9.89 this season, are the leading contenders for the men’s 100m. Kerley was far from his best during his last race in Monaco last week, where he ran 10.15. Bromell, also, was off with his 10.01 for fifth.
Andre de Grasse of Canada, with season-best times of 9.99, is also in the field.
Omar McLeod, who is fuming because he did not make Jamaica’s Olympic team, will lead the charge in the men’s 110m hurdles. Rasheed Broadbell, who missed the Jamaica Olympic Trials, and Ronald Levy, are the other Jamaicans down to contest the men’s 110m hurdles.
Britany Anderson, who is going to the Olympic Games for the first time, and Danielle Williams, who finished fourth at the Jamaica Trials, will run the women’s 100m hurdles. Cindy Sember of Great Britain is the fastest in the field this year with 12.53.
Jamaican Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Barbados’ Sada Williams are down to contest the women’s 400m.
The women’s 400m hurdles will have the best competition. Here Jamaican Janieve Russell takes on Americans Shamier Little and Ashley Spencer.
However, Femke Bol of the Netherland is the one to beat as she is the fastest this season with 52.37.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott, the London 2012 Olympic Games champion and Grenada’s Doha 2019 world champion Anderson Peters are down for the men’s javelin.
Johannes Vetter of Germany is the man to beat, and he has performed far better than the field this year with his best mark of 96.29m.
Donald Thomas of the Bahamas, who season-best of 2.28m, is the second-best in the men’s high jump field this year behind Fabian Delryd, 2.30m.
In the women’s 100m, the fastest in this field this year are Ajla Del Ponte (SUI), 11.07 and Crystal Emmanuel of Canada, 11.11.
The 400m is an all British affair with Matthew Hudson-Smith, 45.51 and Joseph Brier, 45.84, the best this season.