Sally Pearson flies to 12.40sec victory in Paris (Jean-Pierre Durand) © Copyright
In Daegu, the Australian won the gold clocking the 7th best time in history (12.28). This year, she has again showed who the boss is over the hurdles right from the beginning of the year. After dominating the indoor season (World champion in the 60m hurdles in Istanbul), she has already been under 12.50sec three 3 times this outdoor season, her fastest race being in Paris, where she clocked 12.40. In Lausanne she will face Kelly Wells, who defeated her at the Crystal Palace meet, and Lolo Jones, second and third at the US Trials.
The two-time World Long Jump champion, American Brittney Reese, is set to compete in Lausanne. She is leading the world season list thanks to a 7.19m leap in the final of the US trials in Eugene. She has already won twice at Athletissima, but never broke the 7m mark in Lausanne.
The women’s 800m is likely to see a great dual between Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN) and Alysia Montano (USA). The Olympic silver medallist in Beijing and 2007 World champion has run in Lausanne for several years now, and has won twice (2006 and 2008). Montano, who lost the bronze medal to her rival by 6 hundredth of a second in Daegu, will try to take her revenge. Athletissima will also welcome the reigning Olympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt. In 2008, he became the second athlete after Michael Johnson to clock a sub 44 seconds time on the Pontaise track.
The winner of the US trials in 44.12 is currently the fastest in the world this year and will be the top favourite at the London Olympic Games.Another interesting race will be the men’s 1500m, with Asbel Kiprop, the reigning World and Olympic champion, who is second fastest in the world this summer with 3:29.78.
After winning the 800m in 2008, it will be his first 1500m race in Lausanne.Last but not least, Christina Obergföll, the German javelin thrower who has never won any major competition (2 times World championship silver medallist, 2 times European silver medallist, bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics), will try to win again in Lausanne, 5 years after her only victory here.
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