Sunday 9 August, 2020

Elaine Thompson in star-studded four-way 200m clash in Birmingham

Jamaica's double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is among a star-studded field for the Muller Grand Prix 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on August 18.

The field also includes Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo,  two-time world champion Dafne Schippers and triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith.

Miller-Uibo, who beat Asher-Smith and Schippers in the 200m in Birmingham last year, has been undefeated across all disciplines since the 2017 Muller Grand Prix. So far in 2019, the Bahamian has clocked a world 300m best of 34.41, a 200m season’s best of 22.09 and a world-leading 49.05 for 400m.

It will be the second meeting at the distance between Miller-Uibo and Thompson as on August 12 the Jamaican was outclassed by the Bahamanian in Monaco

Miller-Uibo, her silvered locks newly dyed to pink, produced a mighty performance to win the race, coming home in a season’s best of 22.09. Thompson, the Rio 2016 100 and 200m champion, clocked 22.44 for her second place, with Schippers of The Netherlands third in 22.45.

Thompson recorded world-leading times of 10.73 and 22.00 to win the 100m and 200m titles at the Jamaican Trials last month. She was also victorious at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Rome and London.

Following her successes at the European Championships last year, Asher-Smith has carried her incredible form into 2019, winning the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Doha and Stockholm and clocking a 100m season’s best of 10.91.

Schippers comes off the back of a disappointing disqualification in the women’s 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, hoping to bounce back with a quick time over her preferred distance.

“The atmosphere at the Müller Anniversary Games in London last week was great,” said Asher-Smith. “I expect the same energy from the crowd in Birmingham.

“The British fans are exceptional and the athletes really appreciate the support. It pushes us to even better performances. With the World Championships in Doha getting closer, the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham is positioned perfectly to help me prepare and fine turn my performances.”

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