Kipruto vs El Bakkali, photo by PhotoRun.net
Fast steeple expected
RABAT (MAR): Several notable head-to-heads have been announced for the IAAF Diamond League in Rabat on July 13. Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie takes on world champion Sam Kendricks in the pole vault. The men’s javelin also features the last two global championships winners in Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter. Home interest will be on the men’s steeplechase, where Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, the 2017 world silver medallist, takes on Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto. The women’s high jump sees Mariya Lasitskene face Mirela Demireva, who threatened her longstanding unbeaten record in Stockholm. Over 200m Diamond League champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo goes against Marie-Josee Ta Lou, the double world silver medallist. Caster Semenya steps up to 1000m, while home star Abdelaati Iguider will run the 3000m.