Thompson in stellar women's 200m line-up

RECORD SETTERS: Thompson will be racing alongside fellow Olympic winners.


    Sep 01, 2016

    Thompson in stellar women's 200m line-up


    RARELY can a women's 200m race headlined by recently crowned double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson be seen to boast such a stellar field as the one gathered for the Zurich Diamond League meet today.

    Lining up alongside the Jamaican are world champion and Olympic silver medallist Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, American Allyson Felix - who won 200m gold at the 2012 London Games - and Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008.

    Aside from Thompson, there will be 14 other Olympic champions on show in Zurich, which is the first leg of the two-event final of the Diamond League. The second leg will come next week in Brussels.

    In what is guaranteed to be a high-quality meet, Renaud Lavillenie goes head-to-head with Brazilian Thiago Braz da Silva, the pole vaulter who beat him to gold in Rio.

    Elsewhere on the track, all eyes will be on two record-setting women: Kenyan-born Bahraini Ruth Jebet and American Kendra Harrison.

    Olympic champion Jebet obliterated the 3,000m steeplechase record in Paris on the weekend. Harrison set a new 100m hurdles world record shortly after missing out on selection for the United States squad that went to Rio.

    South Africa's Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya will be tested by the woman she beat into second in Rio, Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba.