Team GB heroes turn out for Birmingham Diamond League

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A star-studded cast will turn out for the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday for the third year running.

The IAAF Diamond League meeting is one of the most prestigious in the calendar, with the likes of Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz and Perri Shakes-Drayton all set to compete.

Olympic bronze medallist Grabarz goes in the high jump at mid afternoon where he will be hoping to repeat his victory at the meet from last year.

A clearance of 2.32m in 2012 was enough to best the field and he will likely need something similar to come out on top this time.

Grabarz’s training base is in Birmingham and he is a favourite of athletics followers in the area, so there will be an extra edge to the home support when it comes to him.

Shaykes-Drayton will follow up her impressive 400m victory are the European Team Championships a week ago by going in the 400m hurdles in Birmingham.

The 24-year-old clocked the fastest time in Europe this season at the event in Gateshead, though her task is expected to be much tougher on Sunday.

Double Olympic gold medallist Farah is expecting a first real test of the season ahead of the World Championships in August, as most of his main rivals for the 5000m will be competing in Birmingham.

World leaders for this year, Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet, will line up next to Farah, while 10000m world champion Ibrahim Jeilan will also race.

Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu will go in the 400m, while current men’s 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is set to turn out against Olympic champion Felix Sanchez.

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m champion Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce will go against sprint rival and world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter of the USA in the 200m.

Robbie Grabarz
Mo Farah
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Perri Shakes-Drayton

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