Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson headlines Paris Diamond League

Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson headlines Paris Diamond League

Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will headline the Paris Diamond League meet on July 1, organisers said Monday.

Renaud Lavillenie, Kevin Mayer, Christophe Lemaitre and Dimitri Bascou, who won medals for France at the Rio Olympics last year, will all be present at Stade Charlety, chosen this year to host the event in place of the Stade de France.

Falling a little more than a month ahead of the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London, there will be a run out in the men’s 110m hurdles for Jamaica’s Olympic champion Omar McLeod while two-time Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor is set for the triple jump.

Canada’s Derek Drouin will take on Qatari rival Mutaz Essa Barshim in the men’s high jump, and Ethiopian world champion Genzebe Dibaba will race Kenya’s Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in what promises to be a keenly-fought women’s 1500m.

An innovative triathlon will also be held, comprising a 110m hurdles, long jump and javelin.

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