The 2011 AVIVA Birmingham Diamond League will be held this evening, July 10, in the Alexander Birmingham stadium, featuring a new Mondo surface. We have provided you with the Preview of the meet, by Alfons Juck.
Here are my picks:
Men's 100 meters: Asafa Powell versus the world. Watch for Michael Rodgers of the US to run fast.
Men's 800 meters: Kaki is in race, but I want to see how fast Nick Willis of New Zealand can run-can he come near Peter Snells' 1:44.8?
Men's 5,000 meters: Mo Farah wants to win in front of his home crowd and Imane Merga wants to win it too-this will be an epic battle. Totally stacked field!
Men's Shot Put: Dylan Armstrong, Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, Reese Hoffa, Tomasz Majewski-are you kidding, these guys will throw long.
Men's javelin: Andreas Thorkildsen wants a big throw. He asked me what the stadium record was (95 meters, meet record is 98 meters). He smiled.
Women's 200 meters: Coach John Smith said she is ready, she is Carmelita Jeter. Let's see what happens here.
Women's 100 m hurdles: Some serious hurdlers here, I am looking at Danielle Carruthrs and Tiffani Offili.
Women's 1,500 meters: A very hard one to pick, but I am going with Morgan Uceny.
Women's high jump: OH, Blanka Vlasic, please clear 2.00m!
Women's discus: Stephanie Trafton Brown-on a roll.