SHANGHAI, China, Sporting Alert — Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod is among the Caribbean athletes down to compete at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting, the second of the series, on Saturday (13 May).
NBC, NBCSN or Universal HD will provide live television broadcast of all the Diamond League meetings, while to watch live online streaming coverage of the meet, fans in the US can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold Track & Field Pass.
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Looking To Go Quick
The Jamaican pair have both enjoyed a solid start to the 2017 season and are hunting quick times in China’s biggest city this weekend.
Thompson, the Olympic 100m and 200m champion at Rio 2016 last summer, aims to build on her half-lap victory in Doha, at the opening Diamond League meeting this season, when she competes in the women’s 100m on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has already posted a slightly wind-aided 10.75 seconds this season, and she is targeting a fast time in Shanghai.
In line to challenge Thompson this weekend are American Olympic 100m silver medallist Tori Bowie from Rio, Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Christania Williams.
MurielleAhouré from the Ivory Coast will also start
McLeod Wants Sub-13s Time
Meanwhile, the men’s 110m hurdles will see Rio 2016 champion McLeod looking to build on the 13.04 secs he produced to win at Drake Relays in Des Moines two weeks ago.
The Jamaican ran a world leading 12:98 to win at this venue last year and he is plotting for another sub-13 seconds clocking at his “favourite meet.”
“I love this meet,” McLeod said at his press conference. “This is my favourite meet of all.
“This is where I ran my fastest time last year and I’ve opened up with 13.04 this time so the goal is to go sub-13 again, for sure.
“I don’t want to dwell on times too much, although it is in the back of my mind to get sub-13 tomorrow, but otherwise the goal is to go hard and have fun because when I do that the times take care of themselves.”
Last year’s Diamond League winner and Rio 2016 silver medallist, Orlando Ortega, as well as world record holder Aries Merritt of the US and countryman David Oliver and 2015 world silver medallist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica, are set to challenge the Olympic champion.
More Action In Shanghai
Elsewhere at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting, reigning world and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya will contest the men’s 800m against countryman Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich.
The women’s 400m race will see Olympic gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas battling with Jamaicans Stephenie Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Novlene Williams-Mills, as well as USA’s Natasha Hastings.
World record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France will look to get his outdoor campaign on a winning note when he competes in the men’s pole vault in Shanghai.
The women’s Shot Put will see two women who have already thrown over 19-metres, Hungarian Anita Marton, who was second in Doha and Daniella Bunch of the US — taking on Chinese pair and home favourites, Gong Lijiao, the reigning World silver medallist and teammate Gao Yang.