The men’s 400m rivalry between Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt will return to the Prefontaine Classic for a fifth time on 28 May; after sub-44 races in the past two years, it is possible that one of the oldest meeting records at the IAAF Diamond League competition could take a tumble.
Super-quick sprinting provided most of the highlights at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, with Shaunae Miller continuing her run of good early season form with a world-leading 200m clocking of 22.14 on Saturday night (9).
Qatari sprinter Femi Ogunode provided the biggest highlight of an entertaining second day of the 2014 Asian Games athletics programme when he sped to an Asian 100m record of 9.93 in the South Korean city of Inchon on Sunday (28).
Since the start of June, LaShawn Merritt has lost just once in nine races and that reverse came in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, when the US athlete finished second to the London 2012 Olympic Games champion Kirani James.
All season the men’s 400m has looked to be a two-man race between Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt. It still may be, but after the semi-finals Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Ahmed Masrahi and the Domincan Republic’s Luguelin Santos showed that they, too, might have something to say about the destination of the gold medal.