Diamond League preview: Gay, Powell face off in Lausanne

Tyson Gay

The men’s 100 meters will be the showcase event in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday as the Diamond League resumes five weeks before the world championships in Moscow.

Recently crowned U.S. 100- and 200-meter champion Tyson Gay will face off with former world-record holder Asafa Powell in the 100 (3:07 p.m. ET, coverage beginning on Universal Sports at 2 ET.). (Full start lists can be found here) Gay ran a world-leading 9.75 at nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 21.

Powell failed to make the Jamaican team for worlds, finishing seventh in the 100 meters at trials in Kingston in 10.22. He came back to win in Ostrava last week in 10.06, where he went 9.97 in an earlier start called back because of a false start from another runner. American Mike Rodgers, Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Kim Collins also highlight the field.

U.S. 200-meter champion Kimberlyn Duncan, who upset Allyson Felix at nationals, will make her European individual race debut in the 200 (2:19). 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter, who missed nationals with a quad injury, is Duncan’s most notable competition. Jeter returned to the track Sunday for a 200 in Birmingham, placing seventh in 23.36, more than one second slower than Duncan’s season’s best.

The 100-meter hurdles (2:42) features all of the major players save 2013 world leader and U.S. champion Brianna Rollins. The 2012 Olympic podium of Sally Pearson, Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells as well as fourth-place Lolo Jones lead the field.

Watch Pearson, who’s overcoming a hamstring injury in her third meet back. She’ll be looking to improve upon a 12.67 in Ostrava and a 12.73 in Birmingham given Rollins’ 12.26 in Des Moines.

Also in action Thursday: Americans Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting in the shot put (12:45), Olympic champion Brittney Reese in the long jump (12:50), Amantle Montsho, Christine Ohuruogu and Novlene Williams-Mills in the 400 (2:03) and Jason Richardson and David Oliver in the 110 hurdles (3:25).

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