After a stellar performance at the World Championships, Grant Holloway, the three-time consecutive 110m hurdles titleholder, is set to lead a remarkable field of athletes at the upcoming Wanda Diamond League meeting in Xiamen, China.
The Saturday event marks a significant return, being the first Diamond League in China since 2019. The anticipation is palpable as the event will be a major spotlight for athletic prowess, serving as a precursor to next month's season climax at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.
Holloway, with his impressive season-best 12.96 victory at the Worlds, will be racing against renowned athletes. Notably, he'll face Hansle Parchment, the silver medalist from Budapest, and fellow Americans Daniel Roberts and Freddie Crittenden, among others.
The American sensation isn't the only one drawing eyes. Laulauga Tausaga-Collins, who stunned the athletic community in Budapest by achieving a nearly four-meter personal best with her 69.49m throw, will be representing the USA in the women's discus.
Her main competitors include Bin Feng of China and the renowned Sandra Perkovic of Croatia.
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In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, all eyes will be on Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco, another World Championship titleholder.
Not far behind in terms of anticipation is Canada's Marco Arop, who will be the cynosure in the men’s 800m, after his monumental upgrade from a bronze to a gold at the Budapest World Championships. History-making Hugues Fabrice Zango, Burkina Faso's first-ever world champion in any discipline, will take on a challenging field in the triple jump, including seasoned jumper Christian Taylor.
Simultaneously, in the women’s high jump, Yaroslava Mahuchikh, the world champion with an emotional win story, is prepping for another victory. Dominican Republic's Marileidy Paulino is expected to dominate the women’s 400m, while Ivana Vuleta of Serbia and Quincy Hall of the USA are the top names in the women’s long jump and men’s 400m, respectively.
In what promises to be an electric race, the men’s 100m will feature 2022 world champion Fred Kerley of the U.S. and Olympic gold medalist Marcel Jacobs of Italy. Rounding out the impressive list are Rushell Clayton from Jamaica in the women’s 400m hurdles, the formidable Beatrice Chebet of Kenya in the women’s 3000m, and a talent-packed women’s 1500m race, ensuring that the Diamond League meeting in Xiamen will be nothing short of spectacular.