29th June 2019
QUARTET SET FOR EUGENE DIAMOND LEAGUE TEST
Four British athletes will head to the Prefontaine Classic this Sunday as the Diamond League series makes a visit to the United States of America.
Looking to continue her perfect form over 200m, Dina Asher-Smith (coach: John Blackie; club: Blackheath & Bromley) will hope to make it three wins from three when she steps out onto the track in Stanford.
The Londoner leads the Diamond League standings from world 200m champion Dafne Schippers (NED), the fastest in the field on paper, who will again be amongst her rivals on Sunday.
World leader over 100m Elaine Thompson (JAM) is the only woman to beat Asher-Smith this year, doing so over 100m in the Rome Diamond League earlier this month as Asher-Smith went sub-11 seconds for the sixth time.
The joint-fastest British man over 100m this year, Zharnel Hughes (Glen Mills; Shaftesbury Barnet), will hope to add to his five sub-10 second 100m times in a stacked field, containing world leader, World Indoor champion and world record holder over 60m, Christian Coleman (USA).
Alongside them will be Cravon Gillespie (USA), who clocked 9.93s at the NCAA Championships in Texas earlier this month to move to fourth fastest in the world this year over the 100m. All the men on the start list have gone sub-10 seconds before in their careers.
Five-time European champion indoors and outdoors Laura Muir (Andy Young; Dundee Hawkhill) will compete in the non-Diamond League 1500m race, a race where she finished second last year behind Shelby Houlihan (USA), who will hope to defend her title again this year.
With Sifan Hassan (NED) and Dibaba both competing over 3000m, Muir arrives as one of the clear favourites to take the win, followed by Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay, the fastest in the field outdoors this year.
After clocking her fastest time of the year so far in Rome with a 3:56.73, Muir will hope to get close to another season’s best.
European bronze medallist over 1500m and Commonweatlh Games 5000m bronze medallist Laura Weightman (Steve Cram; Morpeth) moves up to the 3000m, with four of the fastest five women in the world this year amongst her adversaries.
Weightman opens up her season on the track this weekend in a world class field, headed by world leader Hellen Obiri (KEN), but she’ll be pushed all the way by Genzebe Dibaba (ETH).
The action begins at 6:43pm GMT, with the men’s pole vault and will be live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from 9pm GMT.