Galaxy Of Stars Set To Highlight IAAF Diamond League Meeting In Paris As Part Of Their Olympic Preparations.
PARIS, France (Sporting Alert) — Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin are set for a rematch over the 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris on Friday night.
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The pair which last clash during the U.S. Olympic trials will face-off again at the Meeting Areva in Paris Saint-Denis and Gay is looking forward working on a few things after losing the first meeting to Gatlin.
“I really want to work on my start here,” Gay said during his press conference. “I’m a little bit tired now from practicing, and my legs are a little bit flat from the flight and travel.
“So [Friday] I hope we’ll have a good blocks session and then take it into the race and come out with something positive.
“It’s my first time here and I know the crowd is going to be crazy, I know the stadium is huge. I’m looking forward to getting back into that kind of environment.
Gatlin ran a 9.80 second personal best to take the U.S. title in Eugene on June 24 – proving that he’s in the shape of his life heading into the London Games.
The field will also includes Jamaicans Michael Frater and Nickel Ashmeade, Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson and Mike Rodgers who have all broken 10-seconds this season, as well as Christophe Lemaitre of France, who is ready to break that barrier on home soil.
Lemaitre has just raced at the European Championships and he’s hoping to recover and have a good race.
“It’s not easy coming back from such a competition. I went home and did a few training sessions and I feel good,” he said.
“But it’s very special for me to run in front of a French crowd. We’re very lucky here in Paris to have this Diamond League meeting, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
World champion and the on form Sally Pearson of Australia leads the way in the women’s 100m hurdles, a field that will also see Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter and USA’s Ginnie Crawford competing as well.
A fast time is expected in the men’s 800m and world record holder David Rudisha is hoping he’s the man to it when he lines up in the event.
Of course he will start as the favourite, but the the Kenyan will also be pushed, at least early by Olympic silver medallist Alfred Kirwa Yego, Robert Lathouwers of Netherlands, amongst others looking for a fast time.
Elsewhere, Kenenisa Bekele will look to move below the 13-minute barrier for the first time this season in the men’s 5000m, and he will be joined by stars such as Imane Merga, Dejen Gebremeskel, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Kenyans Vincent Chepkok and Isiah Koech – who have all broken the barrier this term.
World champion Amantle Montsho takes on Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills and Rosemarie Whyte, as well as Great Britain’s Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu and Americans Francena McCorory and Deedee Trotter in the women’s 400m, while a loaded field as been assembled for the men’s 400m hurdles.
Included in that line-up are Javier Culson, David Greene, Felix Sánchez and an emotional Bershawn Jackson, who failed to make the U.S. team to London.