Olympic champions among stars as Diamond League resumes

August 24, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland:

After a break of some four weeks to facilitate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the Diamond League will continue here in Lausanne tomorrow with the Athletissima meeting.

The people on the street in the city are very excited as they will get a chance to see some of those medallists from Rio.

Several of the athletes who were down to compete opted out of tomorrow's staging but this will not affect the competition as all events are expected to be well contested.

After her double Olympic sprint success Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, who is in second place on 20 points in the women's 100 metres, looks set to grab 10 points and take over the lead.

She is one of three Jamaicans to face the starter. Leader, Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands will be absent. The other Jamaicans down to compete are Rio finalist, Christania Williams and veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown.

Omar McLeod, who captured the 110m hurdles will be hoping for another big performance here in his bid to cut the gap on leader Orlando Ortega of Spain.

Other leaders down for tomorrow's event are Lashawn Merritt of the United States in the men's 400 metres, high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine, Erik Kynard of the USA, and Rio silver medallist, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.

Fans were eagerly awaiting the clash of Olympic champion in the women's 100m hurdles, Briana Rollins, and world record holder Kendra Harrison, but this will not happen due to the late withdrawal of Rollins and the two other medallists Nia Allen and Kristi Castlin.

Harrison on 40 points and who has been unbeaten so far in Diamond League competition looks set to wrap up affairs here despite a competitive field which includes her countrywomen, Jasmine Stowers, Sharika Nelvis and Dawn Harper-Nelson who all did not make the team to Rio.

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