The world 100m bronze medallists are among a further eleven global medallists set to compete at the Birmingham Diamond League
A further eleven global medallists have been announced for the Birmingham Diamond League meeting at the Alexander Stadium on June 5.
In the men’s 200m, world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell of the USA lines up against Canada’s Andre De Grasse. Bromell and De Grasse have established themselves among the world’s best young sprinting talents and the pair will meet over 200m for the first time at the prestigious IAAF Diamond League event.
It will also be the first time that the two sprinters have competed against each other since they tied for the bronze medal at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing and Bromell is looking forward to renewing their rivalry.
“I’m really looking forward to testing myself over 200m at the Birmingham Diamond League,” said the 20-year-old, who will first compete over 100m at the Co-op Bank Great CityGames Manchester on May 20.
“I’ve had some close competitions with Andre (De Grasse) at collegiate level and especially in Beijing last summer, and it will be good to compete against him in a 200m.”
Bromell won his first senior global title in March at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, and both he and De Grasse are hoping to use the Birmingham Diamond League as an important step towards the Rio Olympics.
Bromell added: “My indoor season went well and it was a great moment for me winning the world indoor title in Portland in front of an American crowd, but now I’m fully focussed on the outdoors and Birmingham will be an important meet in my preparations for the Olympics.”
De Grasse said: “The Birmingham Diamond League will be a great meet and I can’t wait to go and compete there. This is a really important summer for me and hopefully I can run a good 200m in Birmingham to set me in the right direction for the Olympics.”
Kendra Harrison, who set a world-leading 100m hurdles time of 12.36 last month, will take on a stacked field which includes her fellow Americans Kristi Castlin, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali as well as Great Britain’s European champion Tiffany Porter and Australia’s Olympic champion Sally Pearson.
Two-time world champion Caterine Ibarguen will headline the women’s triple jump event as she looks to extend a 32 competition winning streak that stretches all the way back to her last defeat at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Columbian could set the first ever jump of over 15m at the Alexander Stadium.
Elsewhere in the field, 2012 Olympic champion Robert Harting will go up against 2015 world champion Piotr Malachowski in the discus. Marina Arzamasova and Katharina Molitor, current world champions in the 800m and javelin respectively, and world 1500m indoor bronze medallist Nick Willis are also set to compete.
Double Olympic, world and European champion Mo Farah has already been announced for the event, as have his fellow Britons Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Gemili, Tiffany Porter, Robbie Grabarz and Lynsey Sharp and international athletes such as Dafne Schippers, Kirani James, David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop, Mutaz Essa Barshim and Valerie Adams.