A look ahead to Thursday’s Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meeting, with Renaud Lavillenie, Pedro Pablo Pichardo and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among those competing
After meetings in Asia and the USA, the Diamond League series hits Europe for the first time this season at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Rome on Thursday (June 4).
The appearance of triple jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo is among the highlights, the 21-year-old having leapt 18.06m in Doha, the opening meeting of the Diamond League series, and then improved his Cuban record to 18.08m in Havana for the third best performance in history. This time the 2012 world junior champion will be without opposition from Christian Taylor, who was also over 18 metres in Qatar, but will face the likes of France’s European champion Benjamin Compaore.
World pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie will be looking to continue his fine current form following his clearance of 6.05m to move to joint second on the world outdoor all-time list in Eugene last weekend.
Most of the women’s top 100m hurdlers are in action again in the shape of Jasmin Stowers, Sally Pearson, Brianna Rollins and Britain’s Tiffany Porter. Stowers, especially, is one of the breakthrough athletes of 2015.
The 200m is set to see Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce back in action, the Jamaican sprint star having run a world-leading 10.81 for 100m in Eugene on Saturday, while Britain’s Bianca Williams also races.
Another British athlete in action is Shara Proctor who leads the long jump field and could revise her UK record of 6.95m. Laura Muir contests the 1500m and goes up against the likes of Sifan Hassan, Dawit Seyaum and Jenny Simpson, while Eilidh Child is in action in the 400m hurdles.
Sub 10-second 100m man Chijindu Ujah races over 200m, while Justin Gatlin returns to Rome to contest the shorter sprint distance.
Mohammed Aman and Nijel Amos lead a great 800m field, while Hagos Gebrhiwet steps back up in distance to race the 5000m after beating Mo Farah over 3000m in Doha.
» A timetable and entry lists for the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meeting can be found here, while the action will be shown live from 7pm on British Eurosport 2 for fans in the UK