Pearson, Gay headline Paris Diamond League Athletics
With exactly four weeks to go before the Olympic athletics program, Sally Pearson will have a solid hit out tonight in the Paris Diamond League meeting as she tapers in preparation for the London Olympics.
This will be the second run in Europe this season for the world champion after competing in the Oslo leg of the League tour on June 7. Although still jaded from a long flight from Australia, Pearson took the race in a smart time of 12.49.
Challengers in Paris will include the 2003 world outdoor and 2004 world indoor champion Perdita Felician of Canada and British record holder Tiffany Porter.
Felician will be looking to make a statement to her national selectors after to failing to qualify to compete in London. After being disqualified for a false start and running under protest, her appeal for selection was dismissed a few hours later.
Also to miss selection for the Canadian team was 2008 Olympic silver medallist, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep.
American born Tiffany Porter, now a naturalised Brit, showed promising early season form when she won the silver medal at the Istanbul World Indoor titles in March. Since then her results have been inconsistent and was easily countered for by Pearson in Oslo.
With the withdrawal of Usain Bolt from the men’s 100 metres due to a hamstring twinge, hometown hero Christophe Lamaitre will take on American Tyson Gay for the honours. Lamaitre will be looking to post a fast time on the quick Paris track after competing in the cold in Helsinki last week at the European Championships.
Pearson and all other Olympic hopefuls will be looking to have incident free races this close to the Games.The hurdles in Paris is scheduled for 5:22am Saturday morning AEST with the men’s 100 metres 24 minutes later.
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