LONDON (Sporting Alert) — A host of world class athletes will be in action at this weekend’s Aviva London Grand Prix – Samsung Diamond League meeting.
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As the Olympic Games draws ever so closer several individuals are going through their final preparations in order to be shape enough for is expected to be an intense battle in rush for gold.
With this in mind, the stage is certainly set for star hurdlers Liu Xiang and Sally Pearson to shine in the sprint barriers as they seek to send out another warning to the rivals.
Liu has been in dazzling form this season and he’s hoping to continue his improvement in London.
“I’ve been training hard, but training is different to competition,” the Chinese former world record holder said.
“I came here to get some competition before the Olympics.”
Liu is set to battle with Americans Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt, two other gold medal contenders at the Olympics.
Pearson has been one of the highlighted athletes this season and her presence here will surely bring a buzz, especially after her last world-leading performance.
Tiffany Porter of Great Britain, Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Canada’s Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and USA’s Kellie Wells will all face the starter’s gun.
Pearson is the overwhelming favourite to add the Olympic title to her world crown, but she’s taking things in strides.
“I keep telling myself I’m going to be OK and just to enjoy what I do,” the Australian said. “I’m definitely not lacking in confidence but I’ve got to keep telling myself that I can do this, that this is what I do, what I’ve trained for so long.
“It’s not about confidence, it’s about being happy and relaxed and enjoying things.”
Meanwhile, there will be several other stars in action, including Tyson Gay, who will battle in a men’s 100m, which saw Asafa Powell withdrawing, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce against Carmelita Jeter of USA in the women’s event, David Greene against Javier Culson in the men’s 400m hurdles, an undefeated Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s 5000m, while Mo Farah goes in the men’s race.
World leader Renaud Lavillenie is set for another showdown in the men’s pole vault, while Panama’s Irving Saladino is hoping for a a good opener in the men’s long jump.