Idowu to take on Taylor in New York

Phillips Idowu returns to competition at Saturday’s Diamond League meet as Holly Bleasdale meets Jenn Suhr in the pole vault and Eilish McColgan makes her first steeplechase appearance of the season

Phillips Idowu

Phillips Idowu makes a high-profile return to competition this weekend and while it’s probably too premature to bill it as a head-to-head, the 2009 triple jump world champion faces a stellar line-up in New York including world and Olympic champion Christian Taylor, who won the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha on an abbreviated run-up.

The comeback theme doesn’t stop there as Blanka Vlasic looks set to compete in the high jump for the first time since September 2011 at the adidas Grand Prix, while Sanya Richards-Ross, who had toe surgery during the off-season, takes on in-form Amantle Montsho and Christine Ohuruogu in her first one-lap race of the season.

Mo Farah might want to pay attention to the 5000m as the small field contains the Ethiopian triumvirate of Hagos Gebrhiwet, Dejen Gebremeskel and Ibrahim Jeilan who will surely be among his main rivals at the World Championships in Moscow.

Following on from a 4.60m opener in a low-key meeting in Arizona, this competition will be pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale’s first test since winning the European Indoor Championships as she comes up against world indoor record-holder Jenn Suhr, reigning world champion Fabiana Murer and Yarisley Silva, who holds the world-lead at 4.85m.

Meanwhile, Shara Proctor takes on Brittney Reese, who looked in unbeatable shape in Doha where she set a PB of 7.25m, in the long jump along with recent global medallist Janay DeLoach-Soukup and Olga Kucherenko from Russia.

Fresh from a 1500m PB of 4:09.67 in Loughborough, Eilish McColgan makes her first steeplechase appearance of the season against a field including Lidya Chepkirui, while Andrew Osagie has the unenviable task of facing world record-holder David Rudisha in the 800m.

Michael Bingham took the scalp of 2004 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner last weekend and they renew their rivalry over 400m although world bronze medallist Kevin Borlee might start as the favourite.

» The Diamond League meet in New York will be shown from 18:00 on the BBC Red Button. For provisional entry lists click here.

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