Blessing Okagbare finished 2nd at the Shanghai Diamond League. Photo Credit: iaaf.org

The Diamond League went on a short break to give way for the National Trials of several countries, the observed break lasting for almost a month as the last Diamond League (DL) meet held in London was on the 20th and 21st of July.

Blessing Okagbare, Nigeria’s fastest woman, will make a return to the circuit on the 18th of August where she will run the 200m. Her last DL appearance was in London where she sprinted to 4th place in the 100m with a Season’s Best (SB) of 11.04s.

Okagbare comes with an SB of 22.05s which she set in Palo Alto in June, making her the fastest woman in the star-studded line up for this season.

Jamaican two-time Olympic Champion over the 100m, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is expected to be in the sphere, is entered with an SB of 22.22s, clocked at the Jamaican National Championships where she finished 2nd.

Bahamian sprint star, Shaunae Miller-Uibo who is the reigning Olympic 400m Champion, is also on the startlist with her 200m SB pegged at 22.09s.

The field is such a stockpile that it also fields in the 1st and 2nd place finishers at the last World Championships, Dafne Schippers and Marie Josee Ta Lou respectively, with both having run times of 22.45s and 22.36s respectively in 2019.

Dina Asher-Smith, the reigning European Champion with an SB of 22.18s, has also been listed to run, while newly crowned American Champion, Dezerea Bryant and World Youth Record holder over the distance, Amy Hunt, complete the line-up.

Meanwhile the women’s 100m Hurdles would be an exciting race, broken down into two heats before a final as in Championship style.

Tobi Amusan who is the 4th fastest woman over the hurdles in 2019, would line up against World Record (WR) holder, Kendra Harrison who spearheads a host of Americans, including Olympic Champion, Brianna McNeal.

Leading the Jamaican charge is World Leader and Jamaican Record holder, Danielle Williams, amidst the controversy of including her on the Jamaican team to the World Championships. Janeek Brown who ran and held the Jamaican NR for just over a month at 12.40s is expected to compete as well.

 

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Oluwadare Popoola
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