Elaine Thompson-Herah in action at the Diamond League meeting in Paris (© Gladys Chai von der Laage)
Fresh from her triple Olympic triumph in Tokyo, Jamaican superstar Elaine Thompson-Herah will take on Olympic silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on 26 August.
In a mouth-watering clash of the titans, the top six finishers from the Olympic 100m final will be in action at Lausanne’s Athletissima meeting as Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce line up against fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, the bronze medallist in Tokyo, as well as Ivorian star Marie-Josée Ta Lou and Swiss duo Ajla Del Ponte and Mujinga Kambundji.
Thompson-Herah and Jackson will also clash over 100m at the Meeting de Paris on 28 August when they’ll also take on world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith.
They are three of several Olympic medallists who’ll be in action at the Charlety Stadium later this month.
All three podium finishers in the women’s high jump will reunite in the French capital as Maria Lasitskene takes on Australia’s Nicola McDermott and Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh.
Olympic pole vault champion Mondo Duplantis takes on USA’s Chris Nilsen, the silver medallist in Tokyo, as well as two-time world champion Sam Kendricks – who was unable to compete in Tokyo – and former world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie.
Olympic steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali and world champion Conseslus Kipruto – another duo that was unable to clash in Tokyo – will be in action in Paris, as will Olympic bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen.
Puerto Rican sprint hurdler Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Jamaican sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment and US discus thrower Valerie Allman are four more Olympic champions who’ll be heading to the French capital later this month. Allman will face two-time Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic and French veteran Melina Robert-Michon, while Parchment will be up against Olympic finalists Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Aurel Manga.
Laura Muir and Kalkidan Gezahegne, who earned Olympic silver over 1500m and 10,000m respectively, will meet in the middle over 3000m in Paris. Meanwhile, Olympic 100m bronze medallist Fred Kerley and Olympic 200m bronze medallist Kenny Bednarek will square off over the half-lap distance.
Olympic bronze medallists Hugues Fabrice Zango (triple jump) and Femke Bol (400m hurdles) are also slated to compete.