Diamond League Glasgow Preview
By Max Meyer
Glasgow is the ninth leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League. This is the first time since 1968 that Glasgow will host the Diamond League, as the meet is usually held in London. Here are the top events to watch on Friday and Saturday.
Friday at 2 PM ET LIVE on Universal Sports
Men’s 100m: Neither Justin Gatlin nor Tyson Gay will be sprinting in this event, but there are still a few names to keep your eye on. Michael Rodgers won the this event at Diamond League Paris last week, and will look to continue his success. 2011 World Champion Yohan Blake (JAM) will also be enter the race. One of the favorites will be Richard Thompson, as the Trinidad and Tobago native clocked 9.82 last month in Spain.
Women’s 400m: American Francena McCorory posted the season’s best time of 49.48 in New York. Fellow Americans Natasha Hastings and Sanya Richards-Ross are also in the lineup. Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills already has wins in Shanghai and Eugene.
Saturday at 10 AM ET LIVE on Universal Sports
Women’s 100m: This race features two big stars recently coming off of injuries. Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have seven Olympic medals between them, including a combined three golds. In fact, in the 100m final at the 2012 London Games, Fraser-Pryce won the gold medal while Jeter ended up with the silver. Jeter has been rehabbing a quadriceps injury, while Fraser-Pryce has been nursing a left leg injury. Both hope to continue a strong comeback path this weekend on the track.
Women’s 200m: The women’s 200m has seen a variety of winners so far this year. American Allyson Felix won in Oslo, and finished second in Paris this past weekend. Fellow American Tori Bowie won the event in Rome and New York. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is also a threat, after capturing the 200m in Shanghai and Paris.
Women’s 100m Hurdles: The American women swept this event last week in Paris, and two of the athletes, Queen Harrison and Lolo Jones, will be participating in Glasgow. Dawn Harper-Nelson, who won the 100m hurdles last weekend, is not scheduled to race.
Men’s Triple Jump: American Will Claye got off to a torrid start this year, as he was victorious in Eugene, Rome and Oslo. This past weekend, however, he slipped to a seventh-place finish in Paris. While Claye will be looking to bounce back, fellow American Christian Taylor is looking to get over the second-place hump. Taylor has been in the second position in Eugene, Rome, Oslo and Paris this summer alone.