Sports jewelry on display in Eugene

Thompson-Herah, Coleman, Richardson, Crouser, Duplantis… The Diamond League will live up to its name in Eugene, in the United States: with rare exceptions, the current jewels of athletics, particularly the 100 m, today participate in the meeting in Oregon, where the World Cup will take place in July.

Aside from Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs, who suffered a strain – without knowing which muscle – the straight line on the Hayward Field track will be five stars, with Tokyo’s other medalists last summer, Fred Kerley (silver) and Andre De Grasse (bronze). There is also Christian Coleman, reigning world champion, author of a timid return (10 sec 09) on May 8 in Tokyo, in his first race over the distance since his 18-month suspension for breach of his obligations. † Erriyon Knighton, who became the fourth fastest man in 200 meters (19 sec 49) history at age 18 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this month, could become the first high school student to run under 10 seconds. Also involved are Noah Lyles, reigning world semi-round champion who finished first in the Diamond League 100m in 2019, or Trayvon Bromell, who ran in 9 sec 75 at a meeting in Florida on May 1. However, his time was not approved due to a wind that was barely too favorable (2.1 m/s, 2 m/s is the permitted limit). So he narrowly missed the push of the best performance of the year that Ferdinand Omanyala had put in three weeks ago in Nairobi (9 sec 85), but it can only be a postponement.

The women’s 100 meters also looks great, with two-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah being the favourite. The latter remains on a win in Kingston last Saturday, two days after he withdrew from the Diamond League stage that was held in Birmingham, England on the same day, due to a shoulder injury. Still a long way from her best level – her reference time this year (10 sec 89) is quite far from the best world performance of her rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price (10 sec 67) who will run the 200 m – Thompson-Herah is believed to be “reaching her peak form in Oregon,” her trainer and husband Derron Herah warned, though. She will have Sha’Carri Richardson as her main rival, even if she too is looking for her optimum form. The 22-year-old sprinter caused a stir in the US Olympic selections last year, running 10sec 64 in the semifinals (using the wind) before winning the final in 10sec 86. But Tokyo lagged behind. Cannabis smoking games. Olympic bronze medalist Shericka Jackson will also be in the race, as will reigning world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith.

In the other events, Armand Duplantis, world record holder pole vault (6.20 m indoors), will try to outdo his record 6.15 m outdoors. His main rival is Chris Nilsen, his second in Tokyo, Renaud Lavillenie who hopes to play the spoilsport. Ryan Crouser, reigning two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder shot put, Rai Benjamin, silver medalist in Tokyo in the 400m hurdles, or even Michael Norman, the fourth all-time performer in the 400m, will also be scrutinized.

In the women’s race, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, reigning Olympic champion, and silver medalist Kendra Harrison, will meet for a duel in the 100m hurdles. In the women’s 800 meters, Athing Mu, Keely Hodgkinson and Raevyn Rogers are on the Olympic podium in Tokyo. Valarie Allman, reigning Olympic discus champion, and Faith Kipyegon, two-time reigning Olympic 1,500m champion, will also be in the spotlight.

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Thompson-Herah, Coleman, Richardson, Crouser, Duplantis… The Diamond League will live up to its name in Eugene, in the United States: with rare exceptions, the current jewels of athletics, particularly the 100 m, today participate in the meeting in Oregon, where the World Cup will take place in July.In addition to Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs, withdrawal due to…