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Reece Prescod seeks more Shanghai success

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Friday, 17 May 2019 05:10

A look ahead to the second meeting in the Diamond League series in China

Reece Prescod will be looking for a repeat of last year’s 100m Diamond League success in Shanghai when he returns to China to face a top-quality field in the meeting once again on Saturday.

Britain’s European silver medallist, who clocked 10.04 to secure a surprise victory in the rain 12 months ago, has a formidable task ahead of him.

He will be up against Diamond League champion, world 60m record-holder and world silver medallist Christian Coleman, not to mention Noah Lyles and Mike Rogers.

All three Americans ran sub 9.90 last year.

Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian will be hoping for the home crowd to will him to victory, while South Africa’s Akani Simbine also returns to Diamond League action.

There are a number of other top clashes set for Shanghai, including in the men’s 400m hurdles where Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba and Rai Benjamin of the US will go head-to-head for the first time. Samba sits second on the world all-time list with his 46.98 from last June while Benjamin is joint third with his 47.02 from earlier that month.

Britain’s Andrew Pozzi opens his outdoor season in Shanghai and will line up in the 110m hurdles alongside Jamaica’s Olympic and world champion Omar McLeod.

Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Yomif Kejelcha and 12:43.02 man Selemon Barega will be joined in the 5000m by Uganda’s world cross country champion Joshua Cheptegei, while the women’s 1500m includes Dutch star Sifan Hassan and the 3000m steeplechase field features Kenya’s world record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech.

Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece and USA’s world indoor champion Sandi Morris will renew their rivalry in the pole vault, while world and Diamond League champion Gong Lijiao will be seeking home support as she contests the shot put.

Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko goes in the men’s high jump, while Luvo Manyonga contests the men’s long jump, China’s Lyu Huihui is among those in the women’s javelin and Thomas Röhler of Germany is among those in the men’s competition.

The women’s 100m features Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, Nigeria’s world medallist Blessing Okagbare, Trinidad and Tobago’s Commonwealth champion Michelle-Lee Ahye and USA’s NCAA champion Aleia Hobbs, while the 400m races include world medallist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain and USA’s Sydney McLaughlin in the women’s and American Fred Kerley and Steven Gardiner of Bahamas in the men’s.

The non-Diamond League 200m features Britain’s world relay champion anchor Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Canada’s Andre De Grasse.

Full entry lists can be found here.

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