We highlight some of the stacked fields set to compete at the Diamond League meeting
One week before the British Championships, many of the leading domestic athletes face some of the world’s best as the Diamond League hits the UK for the second time this summer.
Highlights of Sunday’s Müller Grand Prix Birmingham at the Alexander Stadium include a sparkling women’s 200m where Dina Asher-Smith is facing several of the world’s best, a high-quality men’s javelin, intriguing women’s pole vault and sizzling women’s sprint hurdles.
Ones to watch
12:50 Women’s T35-38 100m
Britain’s Sophie Hahn, Kadeena Cox, Olivia Breen and Maria Lyle are ready to take to their marks.
13:02 Women’s 100m hurdles heats (final at 15:22)
World record-holder Keni Harrison is joined by Olympic champion and fellow American Brianna McNeal plus Nia Ali and Queen Claye. Danielle Williams, the Jamaican who impressed at the London Diamond League, is among the opposition, together with Dutch athlete Nadine Visser, while British challengers include Cindy Ofili and Alicia Barrett.
13:07 Women’s pole vault
Holly Bradshaw takes on a world-class field led by Olympic and world champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Yarisley Silva of Cuba, 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr and Katie Nageotte of the United States, Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden and Alysha Newman of Canada.
13:46 Men’s 100m heats (final at 15:32)
All eyes were set to be on world indoor champion Christian Coleman, as the fastest man in the world this year. But the American has withdrawn “as a result of complications occurring after practice this week”.
“I must limit my competition schedule going forward,” said Coleman, who ran 9.81 in June. “Being totally prepared to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at World Championships has to be my primary goal.
“I wish I could be there to defend last year’s victory, but unfortunately I will have to wait until 2020. Look forward to seeing you all then!”
British athletes Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Oliver Bromby are in the Birmingham line-up plus Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse from Canada, former world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Su Bingtian of China, Commonwealth champion Akani Simbini of South Africa and Mike Rodgers of the United States.
14:10 Women’s long jump
Olympic and world heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium goes up against fellow combined eventer Katarina Johnson- Thompson in a taste of what might be to come in Doha. It is far from a two-horse contest, though, as specialist long jumpers Ivana Spanovic of Serbia and Brits Lorraine Ugen and Abigail Irozuru will be aiming to get in the mix.
14:38 Men’s javelin
Some of the big guns of German javelin throwing are going head to head with Olympic gold medallist Thomas Rohler and in-form Andreas Hofmann in the field. World No.1 in 2019, Magnus Kirt of Estonia, adds to a quality line-up.
15:52 Women’s 200m
The tastiest event of the day is last on the programme. Dina Asher-Smith, the multiple European champion and UK record-holder, represents British hopes but is up against a fearsome field that includes Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria and Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands.
Britain’s world under-18 record-holder Amy Hunt was due to race but has withdrawn “due to a small injury”.
The full timetable and entry lists can be found here.
Times above correct at time of publication.
Fans in the UK can watch live coverage on the BBC from 13:30-16:30, repeated 19:00-22:00 on the BBC Red Button.
There will also be updates on our social media channels and website plus in-depth coverage in next week’s magazine.