Kirani James - Birmingham DLby Michael Bascombe

BIRMINGHAM, UK, June 4, 2016 – Olympic champion Kirani James and Bralon Taplin will clash for the third time this season when they compete at the Birmingham Diamond League here on Sunday.

James and Taplin are headlined in the Men’s 400 metres on the sixth stop of the Diamond League Series which promises to be action packed with about 60 current global medallists confirmed to participate.

The Grenadians will have a trio of Britons and as well as two Africans and an American to contend with over the quarter-mile on Sunday afternoon.

Matthew Hudson-Smith, Rabah Yousif and Jarryd Dunn will carry the British hopes while Botswana’s IsaacFLOW Logo Makwala and Baboloki and Vernon Norwood of the United States will present strong competition for James and Taplin.

The two Grenadians have had an outstanding season over the one-lap distance with James unbeaten in four outings while Taplin won his opening race in Tempe, Arizona and managed to finish in the top three including second to world champion Wayde van Niekerk at the Golden Gala Diamond League Meet in Rome on Thursday.

Other keen match-ups expected in the women’s triple jump with Colombian Caterine Ibarguen and the shot put throw with Valerie Adams of New Zealand as the favourites.

American English Gardner, who won in Eugene, Oregon last weekend but lost to Jamaican Elaine Thompson in Rome on Thursday, will look for some redemption in the women’s 100m, alongside Tianna Bartoletta (USA), Michelle-Lee Ahye (TTO) and European champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands.

The programme will conclude with two non-Diamond League races featuring David Rudisha of Kenya and Mo Farah of the United Kingdom.

Rudisha goes into the 600m and Farah, who ran a world leading time over the 10,000m in Eugene, is competing in the men’s 3,000m.


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