A look ahead to the last event in this year’s Diamond League series, Memorial Van Damme
Preview: Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand PrixJuly 10, 2014
A look ahead to Grand Prix action taking place in Glasgow on Friday and Saturday
With Diamond League action taking place in Glasgow instead of London this year with the Olympic Stadium in the capital out of action, Hampden Park will stage a two-day, world-class meeting exactly a fortnight before the Commonwealth Games unfolds in the same stadium.
Many leading athletes from the home nations are set to compete on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, while Kenyan David Rudisha is expected to provide a great finale in the 800m.
Women’s 400m hurdles
Eilidh Child competes on home soil on the eve of the Commonwealth Games against the likes of Wenda Theron Nel of South Africa, while Child’s fellow Brit Meghan Beesley has been forced to pull out with foot trouble and is due to find out next week if the problem will affect her Commonwealth Games hopes.
The climax of Friday night sees British sprinters James Dasaolu, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Richard Kilty go up against Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and Nesta Carter of Jamaica, Mike Rodgers of United States, Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis and Richard Thompson of Trinidad.
The earlier ‘B’ race includes Brits Sean Safo-Antwi, Deji Tobais, Mark Lewis-Francis and Andrew Robertson.
A big field is packed with quality with Britain’s Laura Weightman hoping to take more off her recent PB as she keeps track of world champion Abeba Aregawi of Sweden, world leader Sifan Hassan of Netherlands and world No.2 this year Hellen Obiri.
Men’s long jump
Greg Rutherford goes up against the likes of new British champion JJ Jegede in a field that also includes in-form Americans Jeff Henderson and Tyron Stewart.
Men’s T44 100m
Jonnie Peacock, the London Paralympics gold medallist, has a tough job on his hands to beat USA’s Richard Browne and Jarryd Wallace, plus South Africa’s Arnu Fourie and up-and-coming German Felix Streng.
Women’s high jump
Back in form, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia is up against Anna Chicherova of Russia and Inika McPherson of the United States – they have all been over two metres this summer – while British champion Isobel Pooley also jumps.
David Rudisha, the Olympic champion and world record- holder, is the star attraction and will help bring the meeting to a rousing climax in the final Diamond League race of the day. Britons Mike Rimmer and Mukhtar Mohammed hope to get in the mix.
On Tuesday Mo Farah withdrew from the two miles, which was due to be the final event of the programme. He was briefly hospitalised in the US last week with stomach pains and now plans to race two miles at the London Anniversary Games on July 20 and then at the Commonwealth Games.
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