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Global medallists ready for rematches in Rome | PREVIEWS – World Athletics

Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Gianmarco Tamberi and Athing Mu are among the 10 individual Olympic gold medallists from Tokyo who will aim to reign supreme when the Wanda Diamond League returns to Rome on Thursday (9).

As the fifth meeting in this season’s Diamond League, the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea takes place just five weeks out from the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Two of those reigning Olympic champions go head-to-head in the women’s 200m. Jamaican sprint star Thompson-Herah completed a sprint treble in Tokyo, winning the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x100m, while Miller-Uibo claimed the 400m crown. Now they meet as part of a stacked field for the half-lap event, lining up alongside US sprint legend Allyson Felix, Britain’s world champion Dina Asher-Smith, Jamaica’s Olympic 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, world indoor 60m champion Mujinga Kambundji, Ivory Coast’s multiple world medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, Britain’s Beth Dobbin and Italy’s Dalia Kaddari.

Thompson-Herah ran a couple of 200m races in Kingston in May but has focused on the 100m in international competition so far this season, clocking 10.79 at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene at the end of last month and 10.83 to win in Rabat. Miller-Uibo, meanwhile, races her first half-lap of the season after clocking 49.91 for 400m in April and then finishing third in Doha.

USA’s Mu is also just getting her season started and after a win in Texas in April, she races her first international 800m of the year in Rome. Such is the standard, four of the entrants have PBs under 1:57 and eight have broken the two-minute barrier this season.

Olympic champion Mu had been due to renew her rivalry with Tokyo silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson at last month’s Diamond League in Eugene but explained how she wouldn’t be racing there as she was “still getting back into my rhythm of things” after contracting Covid. So the US athlete’s race in Rome, which comes the day after her 20th birthday and is her first Diamond League outside of the US, will be eagerly anticipated, particularly as Hodgkinson recorded a world-leading 1:57.72 when winning in Eugene.

Among her opposition this time is Uganda’s world champion Halimah Nakaayi, Jamaica’s Natoya Goule, Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza, Renelle Lamote of France, Australia’s Catriona Bisset and Britain’s Olympic fourth-place finisher Jemma Reekie.

Athing Mu at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic (© Getty Images)

In the 1500m, Reekie’s fellow Briton and training partner Laura Muir – who secured Olympic silver behind Faith Kipyegon in Tokyo – will look to build on her victory in Birmingham before an 11th place finish in a Eugene race won by Kipyegon in a blazing 3:52.59. Ethiopia’s world indoor bronze medallist Hirut Meshesha is fresh from a PB run of 3:57.30 to win in Rabat and she again lines up alongside her compatriot Axumawit Embaye, the world indoor silver medallist, who was third in Rabat in 3:58.80.

Ethiopia’s Olympic silver medallist Lamecha Girma commands the spotlight again in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. After his national record of 7:58.68 – a mark that puts him 12th on the world all-time list – in Ostrava, he raced in Rabat and was second to the man who beat him to the Olympic title in Tokyo, local favourite Soufiane El Bakkali. Italy’s Ahmed Abdelwahe was third in Ostrava and after setting his PB at the last edition of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Florence last year, he’ll be looking …….

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Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Gianmarco Tamberi and Athing Mu are among the 10 individual Olympic gold medallists from Tokyo who will aim to reign supreme when the Wanda Diamond League returns to Rome on Thursday (9).

As the fifth meeting in this season’s Diamond League, the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea takes place just five weeks out from the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Two of those reigning Olympic champions go head-to-head in the women’s 200m. Jamaican sprint star Thompson-Herah completed a sprint treble in Tokyo, winning the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x100m, while Miller-Uibo claimed the 400m crown. Now they meet as part of a stacked field f…….

Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Gianmarco Tamberi and Athing Mu are among the 10 individual Olympic gold medallists from Tokyo who will aim to reign supreme when the Wanda Diamond League returns to Rome on Thursday (9).

As the fifth meeting in this season’s Diamond League, the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea takes place just five weeks out from the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Two of those reigning Olympic champions go head-to-head in the women’s 200m. Jamaican sprint star Thompson-Herah completed a sprint treble in Tokyo, winning the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x100m, while Miller-Uibo claimed the 400m crown. Now they meet as part of a stacked field f…….

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