Reigning Olympic champion Hansle Parchment (JAM) and former Olympic champion Omar McLeod (JAM) will clash in the 110mH at the Müller Birmingham Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday, 21 May.
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Parchment won the Olympic title ahead of Grant Holloway (USA) in Tokyo to better the bronze he won in 2012. The experienced 31-year-old, who has a best of 12.94 dating back to 2014, was the World Championships silver medallist in 2015 and finished runner-up in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He clocked 13.20 in his season-opener in Kingston on 23 April, the second-fastest time in the world this year to date.
Rio 2016 Olympic champion McLeod – the Jamaican national record holder with a best of 12.90 – won the world title in London in 2017 and the world indoor title in 2016. In early April, the 28-year-old opened his season with a 13.27 clocking in Florida.
Great Britain’s former world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi, who won the global 60mH title in Birmingham in 2018, will also be at the start line. He finished seventh in the 110mH at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. A former European indoor champion (2017) and runner-up in 2021, he made it to the semi-final stage of the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships.
Pozzi, Parchment and McLeod are joined in an impressive line-up by World Championships bronze medallist and reigning European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA), who was fifth in Tokyo and second at the 2022 World Indoors.
Also in the line-up will be Olympic finalist Aurel Manga (FRA), a former world and European indoor medallist and Great Britain’s David King, who was sixth in the final of the 2022 World Indoor Championships.
The Müller Birmingham Diamond League is the second meeting of the 2022 Wanda Diamond League series. The series comprises 14 meetings in total, starting with Doha on 13 May and concluding with a single final across two days in Zurich (7-8 September). Each meeting will be broadcast globally in a live two-hour programme.
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