Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lavillenie debuts into the season, great high hurdles, Gatlin to chase WL, Rudisha wants MR
Event by event
100 m: Gatlin won in Kawasaki with 10.02 but the fastest this year is Ogunode with a world-leading 9.91 although Gatlin has run a windy 9.90 this year.
800 m: Rudisha is aiming to challenge the meet record of 1:44.63.
5000 m: Top Ethiopians Alamirew, Kejelcha, Gebrhiwet and Edris are in action but Kenyans Choge, Longosiwa and Soi will challenge. Will the meet record of 13:04.83 fall? WL for sure.
110 m H: Climax of the programme. McLeod will be looking to break 13 seconds after wins at the Drake Relays (13.08) and Doha (13.05). Top six from Doha will return for Shanghai.
400 m H: Wide open race featuring world champion Bett and world bronze medallist Gibson, who is the fastest on paper this year with 48.96. Van Zyl already won the national title this year.
HJ (non DL): Bondarenko opens the season against top home duo Zhang and Wang.
LJ: Samaai leads the rankings with 834 but this is a wide open contest with Lapierre, Henderson and Chinese elite.
PV: Season debut for Lavillenie, World champ Barber also wants to win.
JT: Czechs Vadlejch and Vesely are in action but world silver medallist Abdelrahman and world fourth placer Rohler will also contend.
SP: World champion Joe Kovacs has already thrown a 21.47 WL and will go head-to-head with in-form world indoor champion Tom Walsh.
200 m: An expected head-to-head between VCB and Ahoure with Shelly-Ann FP a scratch.
400 m: World silver Miller has been in excellent shape this season and holds the WL at 49.69. Will she break her PB of 49.67 tomorrow?
1500 m: With Hassan injured, world silver holder Kipyegon is the favourite but Ethiopians Seyaum and Tsegay will be dangerous in a sprint finish. Former world champion Simpson will also compete while Obiri returns to Diamond League action after maternity leave. WL should fall.
Steeple: World champion Kiyeng leads the Kenyan group with Assefa and Ayalew their Ethiopian challenge. Fastest in the field this year is India’s Babar (9:27.09).
LJ: World champ Bartoletta faces world bronze medallist Spanovic. Surprise from Nettey and Ugen possible.
HJ: Spencer and Simic are the favourites in a competition without 2 m jumper.
DT: Beijing rematch Caballero vs Perkovic. But also Perez has the shape this year.
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