16 Olympic champions in Birmingham | 25.08.2012
|Double Olympic champion Mo Farah of Great Britain is likely to attack Steve
Ovett's British two-mile record during the Diamond Leading meeting in
Birmingham on Sunday.
In the long jump, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford clashes with the triple jump gold medallist, Christian Taylor as well as long jump bronze Will Claye, both USA.
London silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu faces the bronze medallist from London DeeDee Trotter over 400m while Ivan Ukhov will try to bounce back from defeat in Lausanne to Moutaz Ezza Barshim Ahmed while Britain's Robbie Grabarz will have another shot at an outright British record.
Six out of eight Olympic finalists will contest the 110m hurdles with all three medallists present. Weather permitting Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the USA has suggested the world record is on the cards.
Another exciting clash is in the offing between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter in the 100m. The Jamaican leads 3-2 this year in their personal feud.
There is another Olympic 1-2-3 clash in the men's discus where champion Robert Harting of Germany meets Iran's Ehsan Hadadi and Gerd Kanter of Estonia.
Mariya Savinova suffered a rare defeat at the hands of Pamela Jelimo in Lausanne where the Kenyan won the tactical battle. Can the Russian find the key this time?
In the women's javelin Barbora Spotakova takes on Germany's Christina Obergfoell with Sunette Viljoen of South Africa, only fourth in London, looking to get the measure of the Czech.
The women's triple jump is another face-off between athletes who have shared the spoils for the last two years, Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan and Olha Saladuha of the Ukraine.
After a disappointing Olympics, Russia's European champion, Irina Davydova will want to regain her faltering form as will Olympic champion, Natalya Antyukh who did not give a good account of herself in Lausanne. Maybe victory celebrations have taken their toll.
Six of the top seven in the world this year meet in the pole vault, including the gold and silver medallists from the Olympics, Jennie Suhr of the USA up against Cuba's Yarisley Silva as well as world champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil.
A heavyweight clash is on the cards in the women's shot put between gold and silver medallists, Valerie Adams of New Zealand and Russia's Evgenia Kolodko.
Olympic finalists, Wallace Spearmon of the USA and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands, will test the youthful exhuberance of Britain's Adam Gemili in the 200m.
The men's 1500m brings together numbers two three and four from the Olympic final with Lionel Manazano of the USA, Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco and Matt Centrowitz of the USA going up against world two and three this year, Silas Kiplagat and Nixon Chepseba of Kenya who both underperformed in London.
Hannah England, whose season has been interrupted by injury, will attempt a late season surge back to form in the 1500m where she faces the 2008 Olympic champion, Nancy Langat of Kenya and fellow London finalist, Helen Obiri, also Kenya.
The 400m show cases the exciting talent of Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic who won the world junior title and then Olympic silver. Recovered from his injury after setting a Belgian record 44.43 in the qualifiers in London, Jonathan Borlée will be hoping for better things.
Olympic bronze Abel Kiprop Mutai figures in the 3000m steeplechase with fellow Kenyan Jairech Kipchoge Birech closest on times.
Expect the inevitable Kenyan-Ethiopian burn up in the women's 3000m as Olympic 5000m silver, Vivian Cheruiyot and fourth placer, Sally Kipyego, take on Gelete Burka and another Kenyan, Viola Kibiwott, who also figured in the London final.