Ones to watch at the Birmingham Diamond League

The IAAF Diamond League returns to Birmingham on Sunday – here are AW’s ones to watch

Hagos Gebrhiwet and Mo Farah in Olympic 5000m (Mark Shearman)

A total of 30 Olympic medallists are set to compete at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix – Birmingham on Sunday.

There’s sure to be no shortage of top-class action with double Olympic champion Mo Farah going up against the likes of Hagos Gebrhiwet, Yenew Alamirew and Ibrahim Jeilan over 5000m and two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce going head-to-head with world champion Carmelita Jeter as they race over 200m.

Take a look at the gallery below for our ones to watch at the seventh meet in this year’s Diamond League series.

You can find the full start list for Birmingham along with live results here, while a more in-depth event-by-event preview can be found in the June 27 issue of AW which is available here or digitally here.

They said what?!

Take a look at what some of the athletes in action in Birmingham have been saying ahead of the meet…

Mo Farah, 5000m: “I have great memories of competing at the Alexander Stadium and it was great to celebrate my Olympic success with a win there last year. I’ll be looking to run well there again and put on another good show for the fans.”

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 200m: “I’ve started the season well but I know there’s more to come from me. The 200m is looking very competitive already this year but I want to win at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix – Birmingham and show that I’m still the woman to beat in the sprints going to Moscow.”

Jenn Suhr, pole vault: “I feel good leading into the meet – this is the referesher meet after the US Championships and it’s a good stepping stone leading into Moscow. So it’s good to almost restart the season coming here to Birmingham.”

Sally Pearson, 100m hurdles: “I’ve had an injury problem early in the season but now I feel ready to go out there and run well. Winning the Olympics last year was a dream come true, it was a perfect year for me. However this is another important year with the defence of my world title in Moscow in August and I’m confident that I can run even quicker and get close to the world record of 12.21.”

Javier Culson, 400m hurdles: “There’s going to be the Olympic one, two and three as well as the World Champion, so it makes for a very competitive race. Being the defending IAAF Diamond League champion is something that I want to hold on to this season, and I know I will have to be at my very best in Birmingham right through to the finale in Brussels.”

Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final

The Diamond League event is just one part of the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix – Birmingham weekend of action with the inaugural IPC Grand Prix Final being held at the same venue on Saturday.

The 16-event programme will see some of the world’s best disability athletes in action as the seven-meeting series comes to its conclusion.

British athletes Hannah Cockroft, Jonnie Peacock and David Weir highlight the event, with double Paralympic champion Cockroft set to contest the T33/T34 200m while Peacock will line up in the T43/44 100m.

» AW will be reporting from Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium across the weekend. Follow the action on Twitter @AthleticsWeekly. Channel 4 will televise the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final from 4.20pm – 6.30pm on Saturday while the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix – Birmingham will be shown live on BBC Two and online from 2.00pm – 5.00pm on Sunday. The July 4 issue of Athletics Weekly will have reports and results from both meets.

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