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One-Lap Wonders Miller-Uibo and Gardiner to Light Up Paris

Three-time Diamond League champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and compatriot Steven Gardiner will make up a brilliant Bahamian double bill in the men’s and women’s 400m at the seventh Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Paris on June 18th.

Miller-Uibo, who claimed the women’s 400m Diamond Trophy for three seasons in a row between 2017 and 2019, will be looking to pick up valuable points in Paris in her bid to regain the title this season.

The Olympic champion is also after a first world title this summer, and will be out to hit winning form when she heads to France just a few weeks ahead of the championships.

She will be up against Dominican athlete Marileidy Paulino, runner-up in Japan, as well as Amandine Brossier, semi-finalist at the Games and France’s top female athlete over the distance in 2021.

Fellow Bahamian Steven Gardiner, meanwhile, will be out to claim the seventh Diamond League win of his career when he lines up as favourite in the men’s 400m.

Already an Olympic and world champion, the 26-year-old is yet to get his hands on the Diamond Trophy, and last competed on the circuit in Monaco 2019, where he cruised to victory with an impressive 44.51.

Source: diamondleague.com

Faith Kipyegon to battle Sifan Hassan at the 2021 Female athlete of the Year

Two times Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will battle with the double Olympic champion in 5000m and 10000m Sifan Hassan at the 2021 World Athletes Female of the Year.

Kipyegon is among the 10 nominees for the female Athlete of the Year, Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics.

The nominees for 2021 Female World Athlete of the Year are:

Valarie Allman, USA
– Olympic discus champion
– Diamond League discus champion
– North American discus record

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, PUR
– Olympic 100m hurdles champion
– Broke the Olympic 100m hurdles record
– National record 12.26 moved to equal fourth on the world all-time list

Sifan Hassan, NED
– Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion
– Olympic 1500m bronze medallist
– Broke the world 10,000m record

Faith Kipyegon, KEN
– Olympic 1500m champion
– Diamond League 1500m champion
– Kenyan 1500m record

Mariya Lasitskene, ANA
– Olympic high jump champion
– Diamond League high jump champion
– Jumped world-leading 2.05m

Sydney McLaughlin, USA
– Olympic 400m hurdles champion
– Olympic 4x400m champion
– Set two world 400m hurdles records

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, BAH
– Olympic 400m champion
– North American 400m record
– North American indoor 400m record

Athing Mu, USA
– Olympic 800m and 4x400m champion
– World U20 indoor 800m record
– North American U20 records at 400m and 800m

Yulimar Rojas, VEN
– Olympic triple jump champion
– Diamond League triple jump champion
– World triple jump record

Elaine Thompson-Herah, JAM
– Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m champion
– Diamond League 100m champion
– National 100m and 200m records, second fastest of all time.

The voting process officially began on Thursday, with the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family set to cast their votes by email.

For fans, they will be able to vote via the World Athletics social media platforms either by ‘liking’ a graphic of their favourite athlete or via a retweet on twitter.

Rudisha headlines Shanghai Diamond League

Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha headlines a list of no fewer than 14 world and Olympic champions who are expected to grace the Shanghai Diamond League on May 12.

Rudisha, the world record holder over the distance will hope to make it third time lucky after finishing fifth on his Shanghai debut in 2016 and third last year.

Fellow Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot will be hoping to start his Diamond League trophy defence on a the right foot when he parades in the 1500m race.

The stellar line-up includes eight gold medallists from the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and six athletes who struck gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, plus nine event winners from last year’s Diamond League and two newly crowned world indoor champions.

Kendra Harrison clinched her first global crown when she took the 60m hurdles title in Birmingham earlier this month, equalling the North American record of 7.70. The outdoor world record-holder will make her Shanghai debut in the 100m hurdles and will face Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (nee Rollins).

The Shanghai crowd will be treated to another tasty head-to-head in the women’s 200m in which two-time world champion Dafne Schippers takes on Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Schippers will be racing in Shanghai for the first time, while Miller-Uibo has fond memories of the city, having triumphed over 400m for the past two years. The Bahamian set an early world lead to take the Shanghai title in 2017 and went on to claim overall Diamond League trophies for both 200m and 400m, setting a national record of 21.88 in the half-lap final in Zurich when her Dutch rival was fourth.

In the men’s 100m China’s world indoor 60m silver medallist Su Bingtian will take on two world champions, Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev. Su brought the crowd to its feet 12 months ago when he clinched his first ever IAAF Diamond League victory and the Chinese record-holder will be hoping for a repeat performance against the world 100m and 200m champions.

Botswana’s Diamond League champion Isaac Makwala will face world silver medallist Steven Gardiner in the 400m.

Omar McLeod will target a third successive Shanghai victory in the 110m hurdles when he takes on Spain’s Orlando Ortega. Jamaica’s world and Olympic champion broke the 13-second barrier when he triumphed here in 2016 before going on to claim the Olympic crown just ahead of Ortega.

Other reigning IAAF Diamond League champions who will be looking for early points include Dalilah Muhammad in the women’s 400m hurdles and Maria Lasitskene, the world indoor and outdoor high jump champion.

Colombia’s Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen is targeting a winning return to Shanghai after she won the women’s triple jump here in 2013 and 2015, as will Luvo Manyonga, the South African who leapt to an IAAF Diamond League and African record of 8.61m to take maximum points in the long jump last May before going to win the world title and Diamond trophy in August. Manyonga will face China’s newly minted Asian indoor champion, Shi Yuhao.

Sam Kendricks, another of last year’s world and IAAF Diamond League champions, takes on the host nation’s World Championships fourth-place finisher, Xue Changrui, in the men’s pole vault. Like McLeod, Kendricks is seeking a Shanghai hat-trick after beating world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie with a vault of 5.88m 12 months ago.

Chinese stars will also feature heavily in the women’s throws, not least world and IAAF Diamond League champion Gong Lijiao, who hopes to repeat her season-boosting shot put victory from 12 months ago. Asian record-holder and world bronze medallist Lyu Huihui will also have high hopes in the javelin. More big names will be announced in the next few weeks.