Sanya Richards-Ross wins at the 2012 adidas Grand Prix in New York (© Victah Sailer)
With nine days to go until the adidas Grand Prix – the first of two US-based legs of the IAAF Diamond League – 10 more global champions, past and present, have been added to the line-up.
Held on May 25 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, the adidas Grand Prix will play host to Sanya Richards-Ross’s season debut. Last year the US sprinter won her first individual Olympic gold medal in the 400m, and then followed it up with her third Olympic 4x400m title.
The American Record-holder at 400m will face Amantle Montsho of Botswana and Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain, giving the women’s 400m field not only the last two Olympic gold medallists – Ohuruogu won in 2008 – but also the last three IAAF World champions. Ohuruogu won the World title in 2007, Richards-Ross in 2009, and Montsho in 2011. Ohuruogu also won the silver medal in London, where Montsho finished fourth.
But the 400m women aren’t the only global champions joining the roster. Also offering fans some of the best track-and-field action in the world will be Christian Taylor, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist and 2011 World champion, and Phillips Idowu of Great Britain, the 2009 World champion, in the Triple Jump.
Reese Hoffa, the 2007 World champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in the Shot Put will meet up with previously-announced Ryan Whiting, the World indoor champion and current world leader.
Nancy Langat of Kenya, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, will face 2013 world-leading Abeba Aregawi of Sweden at 1500m.
Tianna Madison Bartoletta, the 2005 World champion in the Long Jump and 2012 Olympic gold medallist and World record-holder in the 4x100m, will compete here at 100m and face, among others, 2011 World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad & Tobago.
Hagos Gebrhiwet, the 2013 World junior cross-country champion and World junior 5000m record-holder, will be a top contender in the 5000m. The 19-year-old dominated a top field in winning the 3000m at the Diamond League season opener in Doha.
Organisers for the IAAF
2013 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 10 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
New York, USA – 25 May
Eugene, USA – 1 Jun
Rome, ITA – 6 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 26-27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep