Olympic stars to dazzle as Diamond League returns

Athletics fans will certainly be able to avoid the post-Olympic blues courtesy of a mouth-watering line-up of Diamond League meetings starting today, en route to the series final next month.

Hosting the eighth leg of the 12-meeting Diamond League series is the refurbished Hayward Field in Oregon – venue for the 2022 World Championships – and the Prefontaine Classic boasts no less than 26 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze medallists from the Tokyo Games.

With a big point to prove having missed the Olympics following a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana, Sha’Carri Richardson will face all three 100m medallists from Tokyo, with blistering times expected.

The flamboyant 21-year-old American, who recorded a swift 10.72s earlier in the summer, goes up against Tokyo and Rio 2016 100m and 200m champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah and her Jamaican compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – the two-time Olympic winner who took 100m silver in Japan. In the longer sprint, Britain’s world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith seeks redemption for missing out on the 100m final in Tokyo, as the 25-year-old pits herself against seven-time Olympic and 12-time world sprint champion Allyson Felix of the USA. (BBC)


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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