Sunday 15 September, 2019

Thompson face off with Asher-Smith and Schippers in Stockholm

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson headlines four Jamaicans who will compete at the third meeting of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, in Stockholm on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Thompson will run the women's 200m an event which is shaping up to be the most competitive race of the meeting.

Thompson is steadily regaining her best form after taking victory over 200m in Nanjing last week in 22.40. The Jamaican sprinter will face Dafne Schippers, the Dutch star who will target her third straight world title over 200m later this year; and Dina Asher-Smith, the Briton who last year clocked 21.89 to win European gold and who opened her season in fine style with a Diamond League victory in Doha over 200m in 22.26.

Jamaican long jumper Tajay Gayle, who won in Shanghai on May 18 with an effort of 8.24m, will face stiff competition.

All eyes will be on  Juan Miguel Echevarria, with the Swedish crowd hoping he can reproduce the fireworks he ignited in the Olympic Stadium last year when the Cuban soared to an 8.83m jump, aided by a tailwind (2.1m/s) that made it ineligible for record purposes.

In his last competition in March, Echevarria turned in another astonishing leap, soaring 8.92m with the aid of a 3.3m/s wind. Also in the field is South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga, the 2017 world champion who has a best of 8.35m this year.

Jamaican discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, the 2019 Diamond League winner, is expected to pose the biggest threat to the big favourite Sweden’s Daniel Stahl.

The 26-year-old Stahl opened his season in stunning fashion in Doha earlier this month with a world-leading throw of 70.56m, with all six of his efforts beyond 69m. For context, no one else has thrown beyond 68 metres this season.

The stadium holds  good memories for Stahl, who threw a national record of 69.67m last year.

The other Jamaican down to compete is Natoya Goule in the women's 800m which also features Ajee Wilson and her fellow US athlete Raevyn Rogers along with Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei, Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu, and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp.

 

 

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