Christian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pedro Pichardo, photo by PhotoRun.net
Taylor vs Pichardo
NANJING (CHN): Christian Taylor, Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod are among the seven Olympic champions so far confirmed for the Nanjing World Challenge on 21 May. Taylor will go head-to-head with his long-time rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo in the triple jump, Thompson faces double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the 200m and McLeod faces Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega and world record-holder Aries Merritt from the United States in the 110m hurdles. Olympic champion Jeff Henderson faces one day before in a street event world champion Luvo Manyonga and leading Chinese jumpers Wang Jianan, Huang Changzhou and Gao Xinglong in the long jump along with European outdoor and indoor champion Miltiadis Tentoglou. Three-time Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta competes in the women’s long jump. Elsewhere, Olympic champion Brianna McNeal is confirmed in the 100m hurdles and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement faces Turkey’s world silver medallist Yasmani Copello in the 400m hurdles.