A number of British athletes among those competing at the Bislett Games for the fifth leg of the Diamond League series
Adam Gemili, Phillips Idowu, Jodie Williams and Jess Judd are among the Brits in Bislett Games action on Wednesday as the Diamond League series heads to Oslo.
Gemili finished third behind Justin Gatlin and Nesta Carter in Rome, clocking 10.07 for a season’s best just two hundredths of a second off his PB. World indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty also featured in that field and the pair line up once again in Oslo. This time there’s no Gatlin and the meeting is also without Usain Bolt as he continues his return to full fitness following injury, but the British duo will take on a field featuring four men who have run sub-10 seconds this year including 2008 Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson, fresh from his 9.95 to beat Chijindu Ujah’s 9.96 in Hengelo on Sunday. Danny Talbot is the third Brit in the field, while Kim Collins is also entered.
Asha Philip and Williams are both entered for the women’s event, though Williams is also down for the 200m as is Olympic champion Allyson Felix and world silver medallist Murielle Ahoure.
The Dream Mile is the evening’s penultimate event and here Ayanleh Souleiman, the world leader with his Diamond League record and Djibouti best 3:47.32 clocked in Eugene, is among those in action. Kenya’s Bethwell Birgen, Ethiopia’s Mekonnen Gebremedhin and Brit Chris O’Hare also line up.
Local favourite Andreas Thorkildsen features in a high-quality javelin field, the former Olympic and world champion having set his 91.59m personal best at this meet back in 2006. He goes up against the likes of Egypt’s Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed, world leader with his 89.21m African record in Shanghai, and Czech Republic’s world champion Vitezslav Vesely.
Fresh from his 49.07 personal best in Hengelo, decathlon world record-holder Ashton Eaton continues this year’s focus on the 400m hurdles and will race the likes of Britain’s Rhys Williams. Eilidh Child competes in the women’s event where she’ll go up against Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer. British champion Will Sharman goes in the 110m hurdles, while fellow Brit Emily Diamond runs in the 400m.
Other Brits in action include Idowu in the triple jump, Shara Proctor in the long jump and Judd in an 800m also featuring Kenya’s Eunice Sum and Brenda Martinez of the US.
Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie will look to continue his winning ways in the pole vault, the world leader having claimed victory at both Diamond League events so far this year, while Croatia’s two-time world high jump champion Blanka Vlasic goes up against Russia’s Olympic champion Anna Chicherova.
Kenya’s world leader Caleb Ndiku is back in action in the 5000m, with the field also including USA’s Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp and Ethiopians Yenew Alamirew, Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet.
» Startlists and an event timetable can be found here while the event will be televised on BBC Three from 7pm for UK fans