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Sixty Americans set to compete at Diamond League Finals

8/29/2018
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Diamond League season is coming to an end with sixty Americans set to compete in the Diamond League Finals in Zurich and Brussels. Athletes will battle for their respective events’ Diamond Trophy and a $50,000 winners check. In all, 32 champions will be crowned in Zurich and Brussels.


On Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland, 16 Diamond League Champions will be crowned. World leaders in their respective events, Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris (Greenville, South Carolina) and USATF 100m Champion Noah Lyles (Clermont, Florida) enter the finals with the target on their backs. Morris, the only competitor in the field with a personal best of 5.00m/16-4.75, has the best vault in the world this year at 4.95m/16-2.75. Lyles, holds the second fastest 100m time in the world this year but toe the line in the 200m where he ran a world leading time of 19.65.


In the 400m hurdles, Shamier Little (Chicago, Illinois), Dalilah Muhammad (Bayside, New York) and Georganne Moline (Phoenix, Arizona) will battle for glory. Little, the 2018 USATF National champion in the event, is coming off her first place finish at the NACAC Senior Championships where she ran the second fastest time in the world this year, 53.32. Rio Olympic gold medalist, Muhammad enters with the fourth fastest time in the world this year of 53.65. After misstep over the final hurdle at the USATF Outdoor Championships, Moline bounced back strong with a 53.90 clocking in July, the fifth fastest time in the world this year.


The USATF Outdoor 3000m steeplechase champion and runner-up, Evan Jager (Algonquin, Illinois) and Hillary Bor (Colorado Springs, Colorado) will take on a field stacked with eight Kenyans. Jager, the American record holder and Rio Olympics silver medalist enters with a season best time of 8:01.02, the second fastest time in the world.


Watch Zurich Diamond League action live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold at 2pm ET on Thursday (8/30).


Click here for Zurich start lists and schedule.


On Friday in Brussels, Belgium, world champion Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) and American record holder Courtney Frerichs (Nixa, Missouri) will toe the line in the 3000m steeplechase final. Frerichs enters having recently snatched the American record from Coburn with her 9:00.85 performance in Monaco in July, which is also the second fastest time in the world this year. Coburn’s season best 9:05.06 stands as the sixth best in the world.


Another American record holder, Shelby Houlihan (Sioux Falls, Iowa) will hit the track in the 1500m looking to wrap up her breakout season with a Diamond League title. Houlihan has won four USATF national titles in 2018 (1500m and 3000m indoors and 1500m and 5000m outdoors), had top five finishes in the 1500m and 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and broke the 5000m American record in July. Joining Houlihan is Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson (Webster City, Iowa) who finished second to Houlihan in the 1500m at the USATF Outdoor Championships and her 3:59.37 ranks her eighth in the world this year.


In the men’s 100m, a stacked contingent of Americans will battle for the Diamond Trophy. Ronnie Baker (Fort Worth, Texas) is the world leader at 9.87 and Michael Rodgers (St. Louis, Missouri) is the third fastest in the world this year at 9.89. Isiah Young’s 9.92 and Christian Coleman’s 9.94 stand as the seventh and tenth fastest times, respectively.


World record holder Keni Harrison (Lexington, Kentucky) highlights another field packed with Americans, including Brianna McNeal (Miami, Florida), Sharika Nelvis (Memphis, Tennessee)  Christina Manning (Waldorf, Maryland) and Dawn Harper-Nelson (East St. Louis, Illinois). Harrison, McNeal, Nelvis and Manning hold four of the top 10 times of 2018.


Watch Brussels Diamond League action live on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold at 2pm ET or NBCSN at 7pm ET on Friday (8/30).


Click here for Brussels start lists and schedule.


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Name

Event (City)

Men

 

Ronnie Baker

100m (Brussels)

Christian Coleman

100m (Brussels)

Michael Rodgers

100m (Brussels)

Isiah Young

100m (Brussels)

Devon Allen

110m Hurdles (Brussels)

Freddie Crittenden

110m Hurdles (Brussels)

Noah Lyles

200m (Zurich)

Paul Dedewo

400m (Zurich)

Fred Kerley

400m (Zurich)

Nathan Strother

400m (Zurich)

TJ Holmes

400m Hurdles (Zurich)

Bershawn Jackson

400m Hurdles (Zurich)

Clayton Murphy

800m (Brussels)

Evan Jager

3000m Steeplchase (Zurich)

Hillary Bor

3000m Steeplchase (Zurich)

Paul Chelimo

5000m (Brussels)

Ben True

5000m (Brussels)

Mason Finley

Discus (Zurich)

Ryan Crouser

Shot Put (Zurich)

Darrell Hill

Shot Put (Zurich)

Ryan Whiting

Shot Put (Zurich)

Sam Kendricks

Pole Vault (Brussels)

Bryan McBride

High Jump (Brussels)

Jeron Robinson

High Jump (Brussels)

Marquis Dendy

Long Jump (Zurich)

Jeff Henderson

Long Jump (Zurich)

Chris Benard

Triple Jump (Brussels)

Omar Craddock

Triple Jump (Brussels)

Donald Scott

Triple Jump (Brussels)

Christian Taylor

Triple Jump (Brussels)

   

Women

 

Dawn Harper-Nelson

100m Hurdles (Brussels)

Keni Harrison

100m Hurdles (Brussels)

Christina Manning

100m Hurdles (Brussels)

Brianna McNeal

100m Hurdles (Brussels)

Sharika Nelvis

100m Hurdles (Brussels)

Jenna Prandini

200m (Brussels)

Gabrielle Thomas

200m (Brussels)

Jessica Beard

400m (Brussels)

Phyllis Francis

400m (Brussels)

Courtney Okolo

400m (Brussels)

Jaide Stepter

400m (Brussels)

Shakima Wimbley

400m (Brussels)

Shamier Little

400m Hurdles (Zurich)

Georganne Moline

400m Hurdles (Zurich)

Dalilah Muhammad

400m Hurdles (Zurich)

Charlene Lipsey

800m (Zurich)

Raevyn Rogers

800m (Zurich)

Ajee Wilson

800m (Zurich)

Shelby Houlihan

1500m (Brussels)

Jenny Simpson

1500m (Brussels)

Emma Coburn

3000m Steeplechase (Brussels)

Courtney Frerichs

3000m Steeplechase (Brussels)

Whitney Ashley

Discus (Brussels)

Gia Lewis-Smallwood

Discus (Brussels)

Kara Winger

Javelin (Zurich)

Raven Saunders

Shot Put (Brussels)

Sandi Morris

Pole Vault (Zurich)

Katie Nageotte

Pole Vault (Zurich)

Sha’keela Saunders

Long Jump (Brussels)

Tori Franklin

Triple Jump (Zurich)




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