GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — A host of Olympic and World champions, including Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, David Rudisha and Sally Pearson, will take part at this weekend’s Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix – IAAF Diamond League meeting.
Glasgow will be hosting this contest for the very first time, and it is the ninth stop on the IAAF Diamond League calendar.
The Diamond League two day meeting will be contested on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July, at Hampden Park.
Fraser-Pryce, the London Olympic 100m champion, is amongst a very strong women’s sprints setup, that also includes the likes of current world-leader over 100m Michelle-Lee Ahye from Trinidad and Tobago, Americans Allyson Felix and Blessing Okagbare.
The Jamaican has had a tough summer thus far, battle with injuries and poor form and she is hoping to start turning things around.
“I just want to see where I am,” said Fraser-Pryce. “The last couple of months has definitely been rough coming back from injury, so I just want to be sure that I’m doing the right things, testing the waters and getting my rhythm back.
“The competition will be strong as always, so that will definitely help me to see where I am at, to know what I need to work on going forward.”
On the men’s side, Jamaica’s 2011 world champion Yohan Blake will be hoping to bounce back from his disappointing finish over 200m in Lausanne, the last time out, when he tackle a strong field in the men’s 100m.
“When you are the second fastest man on the planet there is a lot on your shoulders,” Blake said. “People always want you to be at your best and to see a good performance, but sometimes you have to fight to get back up.
“I need to get back that explosiveness. I am confident that it is there, but I just need to get the feeling back.”
Lining up in the event as well, is Blake’s fellow countrymen Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade, American speedster Mike Rodgers and Great Britain’s James Dasaolu, who is looking for another solid performance, as he targets a place on his country’s team to the European Championships.
Meanwhile, after recovering from injuries that forced him out of competition last year, Olympic champion David Rudisha enters another 800m race, looking to improve on his 1:44.63 performance in New York, last month.
“I am really excited to be here in Glasgow for the Diamond league event,” Rudisha said. “I am going to be back here in a couple of weeks for the Commonwealth Games so it is good to be here in Scotland finally.
“I am looking forward to racing at Hampden Park. Training has been going well and I had a good race in New York recently so hopefully I can do the same here.”
Taking on the Kenyan world record holder are five other runners who have dipped under the 1:45 barrier already this year.
This includes USA’s Erik Sowinski, Olivier Andre of South Africa and Kenyan Jeremiah Kipkorir Mutai. Great Britain champion Michael Rimmer is also entered in the event and he too is targeting a fast time.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Olympic champion Sally Pearson will battle with the second quickest woman in the world this year, Queen Harrison of USA, with Britain star Tiffany Porter also entered in the event.
Both Pearson and Porter will be using the event as part of their preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Two other Americans, Kristi Castlin and Lolo Jones are also in the starting lineup.
Others entered for the meeting are Ashton Eaton, Christian Taylor, Edwin Cheruiyot Soi, Michael Tinsley, Javier Coulson, Sandra Perkovic, Anna Chicherova, Blanka Vlasic and Jenn Suhr.