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The Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and the Americans David Oliver, Lashwan Merritt and Carmelita Jeter have affirmed, on Friday, during a press conference, that they have a good feeling towards the meeting of Rabat, third station of the IAAF Diamond League, as well as their participation which will be concluded by good positions in the race.
In this context, they bring forward the quality of Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium’s track, newly renewed. Moreover, they affirmed their strong motivation and will to give it their best in order to make good results, on Sunday, and their aspirations to break some records.
Eventhough the olympic games are the athletes great interest, the latter are also considering the Diamond League meetings which represent a prestigious title.
Thus, Jeter (36 years old), 100*4 event olympic champion and world champion in 2007 and 2011 (100 meters), estimates that her participation in the Meeting International Mohammed VI will inspire her to make her dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games come true.
Bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, long jump vice world champion (Moscow 2013) and bronze medalist for the 200 meters event (Moscow 2013), the Nigerian Okagbare said that enormously proud to run the first event of the Diamond League taking place for the first time in Africa.
For their part, Oliver, world champion (Moscow-2013) and bronze medalist at the olympic games of Bejing 2008 and Merritt, double olympic champion in 2008 (400 and 4*400 meters), promised a good race.
Annualy organised since 2010 by the IAAF, the Diamond League is composed of 14 meetings at the end of which, every year, a winner is crowned in each of the 16 disciplines. It replaces the Golden League, a competition held from 1998 to 2008.