Kori Carter crosses the line in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (Getty Images) © Copyright
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World 400m hurdles medallists set to clash in Birmingham – IAAF Diamond League

World champion Kori Carter, silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad and bronze medallist Ristananna Tracey will face off in a 400m hurdles showdown at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham, the 12th IAAF Diamond League meeting of 2017, on 20 August.

USA's Carter overtook her compatriot Muhammad, the Olympic champion, on the home straight in the London Stadium on Thursday (10) night, to secure the world title in a time of 53.07. Muhammad clocked 53.50 for the silver, while Tracey of Jamaica set a personal best of 53.74 to take the bronze.

The three medallists will line up against a top-class field, which will include Olympic silver medallist Sara Petersen of Denmark plus world finalists Eilidh Doyle of Great Britain and Lea Sprunger of Switzerland.

“I can’t wait to race at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham as the world champion and I’ll be hoping to follow up my amazing experience in London with another great run at the Alexander Stadium,” Carter said. “The field is really strong and all three medallists from London are competing, so it will be a really exciting and competitive race.”

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who anchored Britain to gold in the 4x100m, will lead the British challenge in the men’s 200m against a stacked field which will include five world finalists from London, including bronze medallist Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.

Olympic bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre of France, Isaac Makwala of Botswana, US trio Isiah Young, Ameer Webb and Noah Lyles, plus Britain’s Danny Talbot will all compete.

Mitchell-Blake finished fourth in the 200m in London and is keen to get a good result in Birmingham.

“My performance in London has shown I can mix it with the best in the world and I’m determined to build on this and take it into future races,” said Mitchell-Blake. “I really want to finish my season with a bang, so I’ll be focused on producing another top-class performance.”

Organisers for the IAAF

2017 IAAF Diamond League calendar:
5 May – Doha, QAT
13 May – Shanghai, CHN
27 May – Eugene, USA
8 Jun – Rome, ITA
15 Jun – Oslo, NOR
18 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
1 Jul – Paris, FRA
6 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
9 Jul – London, GBR
16 Jul – Rabat, MAR
21 Jul – Monaco, MON
20 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
24 Aug – Zurich, SUI
1 Sep – Brussels, BEL

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