A look ahead to Saturday’s adidas Grand Prix, the sixth meeting in the 2014 Diamond League series
Yohan Blake, Tori Bowie, David Rudisha, Abeba Aregawi, Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Essa Barshim are among the athletes in adidas Grand Prix action on Saturday as the Diamond League stops at New York.
In the final Diamond League race of the evening – the women’s 100m – Bowie will be looking to continue the sort of form which has seen her claim 200m victory in Eugene and a win over 100m in Rome clocking personal bests of 22.18 and 11.05 respectively. The American long jump specialist will take on the likes of Samantha Henry-Robinson, the quickest in the field so far this year, as her Jamaican compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gives the event a miss through minor injury.
The men’s event is not a Diamond League race, but Blake – who clocked 9.90 to win at this meeting in 2012 – is in action, as are his fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole. Nickel Ashmeade goes over double the distance, as does his Jamaican compatriot Warren Weir and Britain’s James Ellington.
Bondarenko and Barshim are set to do battle in the high jump once again, world indoor champion Barshim fresh from his Asian record and equal world lead of 2.41m to beat outdoor world champ Bondarenko in Rome just over a week ago. The US all-comers mark of 2.40m for outdoors set by Barshim in Eugene last year could be under threat.
New Zealand’s shot put star Valerie Adams will be looking to continue her dominance and extend her winning streak to 50, while Olympic champion Jenn Suhr competes in front of a local home crowd in the pole vault as she goes up against the likes of London 2012 silver medallist and current world No.1 Yarisley Silva.
In the 800m, Olympic champion and world record holder Rudisha continues to try to find his form post-injury break and faces United States 1:42 man Duane Solomon, as Britain’s Michael Rimmer is also in action. In the women’s 3000m, Britain’s Julia Bleasdale takes on recent 8:21 athlete Mercy Cherono, while Aregawi runs in the women’s 1500m.
Another quality 100m hurdles this time sees 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson take on Lolo Jones, Queen Harrison and Britain’s Tiffany Porter, while in the men’s 400m hurdles world champion Jehue Gordon faces world silver medallist Michael Tinsley and two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez.
In the 400m flat races world champion LaShawn Merritt is in action, while Britain’s world champion Christine Ohuruogu and her compatriot Shana Cox are in the non-Diamond League women’s event. US teenager Mary Cain will run the women’s 800m which is also not a Diamond League race.
» An event timetable and startlists can be found here, with the event to be televised live on the BBC Red Button for fans in the UK