Gatlin set this year's world lead time of 9.92 in Shanghai on Sunday (©GettyImages)
Gatlin set this year's world lead time of 9.92 in Shanghai on Sunday (©GettyImages).

Justin Gatlin among athletes to perform in Beijing

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Justin Gatlin is just one of a number of high-profile athletes due to compete in Beijing for the latest leg of the World Challenge tour.

The American will arrive in the Chinese capital fresh from running a world lead time of 9.92 at last Sunday's Diamond League meet in Shanghai.

The silver medalist from last year´s World Championships in Moscow had too much class for the field on the weekend, tomorrow´s race will most likely see the threats coming from fellow countryman Mike Rodgers, and veteran Kim Collins. Britain´s Dwain Chambers is also in action.

The 110m hurdles has, perhaps, the highest quality field of the night, with David Oliver, Ryan Wilson and Dayron Robles competing. All three were stunned by Xie Wenjun in Shanghai, the Chinese athlete shocking the crowd by winning in a time of 13.23s. If he is to repeat that feat, he will probably need to go quicker.

On the women´s side of the event, the 100m will probably be the main attraction. Veronica Campbell-Brown is the stand-out performer in the field, but teammates Aleen Bailey and Simone Facey will push her to the line.

There is also a high-class 100m hurdles line-up with some very talented American athletes competing. Brianna Rollins, Virginia Crawford and Kellie Wells have all run under 12.5s in the past.

In the field events, Ukraine´s Ivan Ukhov will likely be the star attraction. The high-jumper leapt to a personal best of 2.41m to win the Diamond League meet in Doha earlier in the month, and has shown signs that Javier Sotomayor´s 21-year-old record of 2.45m could finally be under threat.

Whatever happens, the famous Birds Nest Stadium should be in for a treat.

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