A look ahead to Saturday’s Meeting de Paris, the 12th event in the Diamond League series
A number of Rio Olympic champions will be among those in Diamond League action on Saturday (August 27) as the series moves on to the Meeting de Paris.
In the 1500m, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon goes up against USA’s Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Simpson and fourth-placer Shannon Rowbury, plus Sifan Hassan of Netherlands and British record-holder Laura Muir, while all three medallists compete in the women’s steeplechase – Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet, Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng and USA’s Emma Coburn.
Sandra Perkovic dominates the discus Diamond Race and she also faces her two fellow Rio medallists in France’s Melina Robert-Michon and Cuba’s Denia Caballero, plus Britain’s Jade Lally. The javelin will see Germany’s Rio champion Thomas Rohler take on bronze medallist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago.
Three more medallists go in the men’s shot put, with USA’s winner Ryan Crouser again going up against his compatriot and world champion Joe Kovacs, plus Tom Walsh of New Zealand, while Spain’s high jump champion Ruth Beitia and USA’s long jump winner Tianna Bartoletta are back in action, with the American again facing Britain’s Lorraine Ugen and Shara Proctor.
USA’s Kerron Clement returns to the track after his Olympic 400m hurdles win, while world 200m champion Dafne Schippers races the half-lap event against Britain’s Desiree Henry. GB’s Olympic 4x400m bronze medallist Anyika Onuora is part of a 400m field also featuring Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann-McPherson.
USA’s Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo and Kenya’s 10,000m bronze medallist Paul Tanui drop down to contest the 3000m, while USA’s Kendra Harrison, who ran her world 100m hurdles record of 12.20 in London and clocked 12.42 to win in Lausanne, also races in Paris after having missed out on qualifying for the Olympics. She will line up alongside Britain’s Rio fourth-placer Cindy Ofili.
Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaitre race in front of home fans in the 100m, with sprinter turned bobsledder Joel Fearon and his fellow British sub-10 second man Chijindu Ujah also racing, while world pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie is another home favourite in action.
Entry lists can be found here.
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