31st August 2017
HOST OF BRITS LOOKING TO FINISH WITH A FLOURISH IN BRUSSELS
No less than 15 British athletes are in action at the final IAAF Diamond League meeting of the 2017 series, for which the main programme begins tomorrow evening (September 1) in Brussels, Belgium following the men’s shot put this evening.
After impressively vaulting over 4.70m off a short approach in Germany last weekend, Holly Bradshaw (Scott Simpson) will head to the final meeting of the 14-part series full of confidence. Stiff opposition to the Blackburn Harrier comes in the form of three of the four medal winners from the summer’s world championships, with only Peinado of Venezuela absent.
Fresh from running a superb lifetime best of 4:01.6 over 1500m – her first race of the year over the distance – last weekend, Eilish McColgan (Liz McColgan-Nuttall) will go over her favoured distance, 5000m, for the first time since her 10th place finish at the IAAF World Championships, a race in which she came agonisingly close to breaking the 15-minute barrier with 15:00.38.
Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson) and Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) will take to the runway in the final of the women’s long jump, with the USA’s heavyweights of the event – Brittany Reese and Tianna Bartoletta – both in attendance, while Morgan Lake (Fuzz Caan) will look to trouble her best of 1.96m as she contests the high jump.
After running a season’s best of 10.13 in Berlin last weekend, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Benke Blomkvist) takes to the start line for a non-Diamond League 100m alongside James Dasaolu (Lloyd Cowan), with Zharnel Hughes (Glen Mills) and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Dennis Shaver) both going in the Diamond League final of the 200m.
Middle distance action will feature two-time British champion Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg) over 800m and Laura Weightman (Steve Cram) – a sixth place finisher at the world championships – over 1500m, with the latter due to be paced by Jenny Meadows (Trevor Painter). One-lap flat action will see Martyn Rooney (Graham Hedman) and Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams), two members of the quartet who won 4x400m bronze in London, take to the track for the final event of the programme.
Elsewhere, Eilidh Doyle (Brian Doyle) contests the 400m hurdles against a stacked field, including Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammed and two-time world champion Zuzana Hejnova, while Adam Clarke (Geoff Watkin) will play pacemaker to the men’s 1500m, a non-Diamond League event.
Additional information of the IAAF Diamond League in Brussels can be found here.
Live coverage of the event can be found on Eurosport 2 on Friday 1 September between 19:00-21:00, with an action report due to be posted on www.britishathletics.org.uk shortly after the action has finished.
Highlights will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 2 September at 13:15.