Ohuruogu takes on Richards-Ross in Stockholm | 16.08.2012
The top three from the Olympic final, Sanya Richards-Ross, Christine Ohuruogu and Deedee Trotter, will go head to head.
Fourth placed Amantle Montsho, sixth placed Antonina Krivoshapka and seventh placed Francena McCorory will also compete, meaning that only two athletes who took part in the Olympic final will be absent.
Van Damme 47,000 sell-out
All 47,000 tickets for the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme, the last of the 2012 IAAF Diamond League meetings, are sold out. The event, which will take place in Brussels at the Stade Roi Baudouin on September 7, will see an unprecedented number of Olympic medallists taking to the track for the final meeting of the Samsung Diamond League 2012.
One thing’s for certain in this year’s edition: the races will be fast.
Brussels will not only be seeing Olympic 100m and 200m gold medallist Usain Bolt and 100m and 200m silver medallist Yohan Blake, but also fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter, Michael Frater (both gold with the 4x100m team) and Warren Weir 200m bronze behind Bolt and Blake).
Justin Gatlin, the American 100m bronze medal winner, will be the biggest challenge for the Jamaicans.
Fellow American Wallace Spearmon (fourth in the 200m), Churandy Martina of the Netherlands (fifth in the 200m, sixth in the 100m) and Christophe Lemaitre, double European 100m champion, will also participate in Brussels.
In the 400m, Olympic gold medallist Kirani James will run against the Borlée twins in what will surely be another highlight of the evening.
Farah versus Gebrselassie in Great North Run
British Olympic hero Mo Farah will face another tough test when he runs against Haile Gebrselassie in the Bupa Great North Run on September 16.
Farah, Britain’s fastest half marathoner with a time of 1:00:23, will take on Gebrselassie, the world’s greatest ever distance runner, in what should be a classic Newcastle to South Shields.
The iconic Gebrselassie, former world-record holder in the half marathon, has a personal best time of 58:55, and is returning to the Great North Run where he won on his debut in 2010 in a very impressive 59:33.
Event organisers are confident that his presence will see Farah become the first British athlete to go under 60 minutes when he crosses the finish line at the head of the 54,000 runners entered in the race.