LAVILLENIE IS THE STAR, TAMGHO IN THE TRIPLE JUMP, GATLIN WILL BE BIDDING TO WIN FOR THE THIRD TIME IN ROME
The eagerly-awaited star of the meeting is pole vault Olympic champion and World record holder Renaud Lavillenie who will defy the gravity in the meeting which was highlighted by the epic battle between Sergey Bubka and Thierry Vigneron in 1984. The 28-year-old French player, who dominated all the first five editions of the Diamond League, will clash against Pole Pawel Wojciechowski and German Raphael Holzdeppe, who stole the show from “le Roi” at the last two editions of the IAAF World Championships. World champion and World indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho, third man in history able to jump over the 18m barrier with 18.04m in 2013. His main rivalry will be Olympic silver medallist Will Claye who also won the silver medal in the long jump. Also in the spotlight will be US sprinter Justin Gatlin who will be bidding for his third consecutive win in the men’s 100m against Nesta Carter, Mike Rodgers and eternal Kim Collins. Christophe Lemaitre will line-up in the 200m. The men’s 800m promise a big show with World champion Mohamed Aman, Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos and European champion Adam Kszczot. The men’s shot put will feature a clash between Germany and the USA with World champion David Storl who will take on multi-World champion Christian Cantwell and Joe Kovacs who recently put an excellent 22.35m shot. The men’s javelin also features a star-studded field with Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott and and World champion Vitezlav Vesely.
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