Shericka Jackson for Brussels Diamond League on Friday (3 Sept) Velocity Fest - for Birmingham DL
Shericka Jackson

The Wanda Diamond League continues on Saturday with the season’s second meet, Birmingham DL, at the renovated Alexander Stadium. Several World leads are expected in top line-ups.

A possible top highlight could be the men’s 100 meters and at the end of the meet, both the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter  relays.

Event-By-Event Previews

100 meters: Five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah is a late withdrawal, but the line-up still features six sub-11 competitors, including Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson – although the fastest based on season’s bests is Cambrea Sturgis with 10.87. Dina Asher-Smith will be looking for victory on home soil while Gabby Thomas steps down in distance after winning the 200 in Doha.

800 meters: Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson makes her outdoor season’s debut. The field includes fellow Olympic finalists Alexandra Bell and Natoya Goule.

1500 meters: This could be a head-to-head between Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie but Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji is likely to feature as well.

5000 meters: Francine Niyonsaba will be looking for back-to-back Diamond League wins after winning the 3000 in Doha. The line-up also features a strong Ethiopian contingent including Ejgayehu Taye, Girmawit Gebrezhair and Dawit Seyaum.

400-meters hurdles: Olympic silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad faces a field that includes four other Olympic finalists from Tokyo (Russell, Ryzhykova, Tkachuk and Woodruff) plus home hope Jessie Knight.

Long jump: Malaika Mihambo contests her first long jump of the outdoor season. She faces reigning world indoor champion Ivana Vuleta and European indoor champion Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk.

Pole vault: After a recent bout of coronavirus, Olympic champion Katie Nageotte opens her season against Sandi Morris, Ekaterini Stefanidi, Holly Bradshaw and Tina Sutej.

Discus: Olympic champion Valarie Allman and five-time European champion Sandra Perkovic lead the entry-list.

100 meters: All nine entrants have run 10.00 or faster. Trayvon Bromell is the fastest based on season’s bests with 9.92. Olympic 200-meter winner Andre De Grasse is also there.

400 meters: Returning to form, European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith takes on Isaac Makwala and Liemarvin Bonevacia on his home track.

800 meters: A wide-open field includes Olympic silver and bronze medallists Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Patryk Dobek. World indoor champion Mariano Garcia is also in the line-up.

1500 meters: Two-time world indoor champion Samuel Tefera takes on Olympic bronze medallist Josh Kerr and Olympic fourth-placer Abel Kipsang. The fastest entrant is Spain’s Mohamed Katir with 3:28.76.

110-meters hurdles: Reigning Olympic champion Hansle Parchment goes head-to-head with Jamaican teammate and 2016 Olympic champion Omar McLeod.

High jump: Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi will be looking to improve on his 2.20 meters in windy conditions in Doha.

Discus: All three Olympic medallists compete (Stahl, Pettersson and Weisshaidinger) along with former world champion Andrius Gudzius and youngster Kristjan Ceh.

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