Keshorn Walcott is one of three Olympic champions and Jehue Gordon, one of three world champions on the provisional entry list for the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meeting to be held in Shanghai, China on Sunday, May 18th.
The meeting is the second on this year’s 14-meet IAAF Diamond League calendar and marks the 10th anniversary of China’s leading international athletics event.
Walcott is aiming to bounce back after a relatively disappointing campaign in 2013.
The 21-year-old made history in 2012 when the then junior shocked the favourites to claim Olympic gold.
It was the climax of a remarkable season for the teenager, who had also won at the World Junior Championships the previous month. His 84.58-metre winning throw in London was his fifth national record of the season, and the seventh time he had set an area junior record in 2012.
Keshorn’s first full season on the senior circuit was less meteoric, however, as he failed to improve on his best in 2013 for the first time in four years and did not qualify for the World Championships final.
Vesely won that competition in Moscow ahead of Finland’s 2007 world champion Tero Pitkamaki and Russia’s Dmitriy Tarabin, and all three will again be among Walcott’s opponents in Shanghai.
Twelve months ago it was Pitkamaki who took the honours with 87.60m, with Vesely second just under a metre behind, and both bettered the old meeting record. Tarabin was third while Walcott languished in sixth place on his Diamond League debut.
Jehue Gordon meanwhile is set to renew rivalry with the man he outdid for the gold medal in Moscow last August.
American Michael Tinsley who was engaged in a virtual stride-for-stride finish in the 400 hurdles final in Moscow before losing out to a Gordon last-gasp head-first to the line is the man.
Also in competition with Gordon are Sengalese Hanne Kasse Mamadou who was seventh in the final and other non-finalists Bershawn Jackson of the US. L.J. van Zyl of South Africa and Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas.
There were no TT athletes in last week’s Diamond League opening leg in Doha, Qatar.