A number of World Championships medallists back in action at the final fixture of the 2013 Diamond League series
With half of the Diamond League winners decided for this season, 16 more will be crowned in Brussels on Friday at what is the final fixture of the 14-meeting series.
Usain Bolt is among several 2013 world champions to line up, having decided this week to focus on the 100m. The non-Diamond League event also features Britain’s Moscow finalist James Dasaolu and world silver medallist Justin Gatlin.
The other triple gold medallist from the World Championships, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, headlines the women’s equivalent.
Christine Ohuruogu timed her peak and her race to perfection when setting a British record to win in Moscow, but can she again beat Amantle Montsho? The silver medallist will be a tough opponent in a field which is a rerun of the world final with the addition of Italy’s Libania Grenot.
Britain’s James Ellington and Chris Clarke line up alongside the likes of world silver medallist Warren Weir and his Jamaican team-mate Nickel Ashmeade in the 200m, with Clarke sure to be buoyed by his recent 20.22 in Bedford.
Teddy Tamgho, one of the stars of Moscow after his 18-metre jump secured triple jump gold, is in a field incorporating many of the leading exponents this season, including world silver medallist Pedro Pichardo.
The 800m includes seven of the eight world finalists, including winner Mohammed Aman and Britain’s Andrew Osagie. Michael Rimmer goes in the ‘B’ race.
A hot line-up for the women’s 1500m involves world champion Abeba Aregawi and Moscow fourth- placer Hannah England. The Brussels meeting is traditionally one of the few major European grand prix to stage a 10,000m, but the top distance men are going over just twelve and a half laps this year. That said, Mo Farah is the only notable absentee.
Moscow medallists Sally Pearson and Britain’s Tiffany Porter go in the 100m hurdles. Facing Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie will be Britain’s Luke Cutts, enjoying a slice of world-class competition after missing out on the Worlds. Britain’s Rhys Williams is in a 400m hurdles field that includes world champion Jehue Gordon.
After setting a PB to reach the world final, steeplechaser Eilish McColgan goes against world champion Milcah Chemos. Britain’s Laura Weightman and Ireland’s Rose-Ann Galligan are involved in the 1000m.
You don’t have to be called Borlee to get a lane in the last race of the evening, but the 400m could be tricky for the commentators as brothers Kevin, Jonathan and Dylan will be staging a first for a Diamond League meeting. Britain’s Martyn Rooney is also involved.