Eyes turn to Brus­sels for the Di­a­mond League fi­nale

SE­RIES WIN­NERS CROWNED AS 2017 DI­A­MOND LEAGUE COMES TO CON­CLU­SION

Athletics Weekly - - News - PIC­TURE: MARK SHEAR­MAN

FOL­LOW­ING the first of the two IAAF Di­a­mond League se­ries finals in Zurich, the re­main­ing 16 Di­a­mond Tro­phy win­ners will be crowned at the AG Me­mo­rial Van Damme in Brus­sels.

Ath­letes qual­i­fied for the finals by scor­ing points dur­ing the 12 other Di­a­mond League meet­ings this sum­mer and will now bat­tle for the tro­phy as well as a $50,000 win­ner’s prize in each event.

Af­ter their re­spec­tive sec­ond and third-place fin­ishes in the Zurich 200m, dou­ble Olympic sprint cham­pion Elaine Thomp­son and dou­ble world sil­ver medal­list Marie-Josée Ta Lou are again set to clash but this time just over the shorter sprint.

The women’s 400m is due to fea­ture Olympic cham­pion Shau­nae Miller-Uibo, who won the 200m Di­a­mond Tro­phy in Switzer­land, plus world sil­ver medal­list Salwa Eid Naser, while world cham­pion Ramil Guliyev plus Bri­tain’s Netha­neel Mitchell-Blake and Zhar­nel Hughes go in the men’s 200m.

Other cham­pi­ons from the re­cent IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don set to com­pete in Brus­sels are Chris­tian Tay­lor in the triple jump, Tom Walsh in the shot put, An­drius Gudz­ius in the dis­cus, Maria La­sitskene in the high jump, Brit­tney Reese in the long jump, Ka­te­rina Ste­fanidi in the pole vault, San­dra Perkovic in the dis­cus and hep­tath­lete Nafi Thiam, who has re­ceived a wild card to con­test the high jump in front of home fans.

Also among the Bri­tish en­tries are Laura Weight­man in the 1500m, El­liot Giles in the 800m, An­drew Pozzi in the 110m hur­dles, Eilidh Doyle in the 400m hur­dles, Mor­gan Lake in the high jump, Lor­raine Ugen and Shara Proc­tor in the long jump, Holly Bradshaw in the pole vault and Eilish McCol­gan in the 5000m.

Three Bor­lée brothers – Jonathan, Kevin and Dy­lan – race in the fi­nal event of the pro­gramme, the non-Di­a­mond League 400m.

The ac­tion will be broad­cast live on Eu­rosport 2 from 19:00-21:00

Nafi Thiam: the hep­tath­lete has re­ceived a

wild card to com­pete in the high jump

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