Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Dina Asher-Smith and Dafne Schippers in the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham (AFP / Getty Images) © Copyright
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Star-studded 200m clash in Birmingham – IAAF Diamond League

The Muller Grand Prix 200m will be one of the highlights of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on 18 August.

Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, multiple world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time world champion Dafne Schippers and triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith will all take to the start line at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium next month.

Miller-Uibo, who beat Asher-Smith and Schippers in the 200m in Birmingham last year, has been undefeated across all disciplines since the 2017 Muller Grand Prix. So far in 2019, the Bahamian has clocked a world 300m best of 34.41, a 200m season’s best of 22.09 and a world-leading 49.05 for 400m.

Following the birth of her first child in 2017, Fraser-Pryce is back to her best this year. The Jamaican shares the 100m world lead of 10.73 and has notched up a series of wins on the IAAF Diamond League circuit. This will be her first 200m race at an IAAF Diamond League meeting since 2014.

Following her successes at the European Championships last year, Asher-Smith has carried her incredible form into 2019, winning the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Doha and Stockholm and clocking a 100m season’s best of 10.91.

Schippers comes off the back of a disappointing disqualification in the women’s 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, hoping to bounce back with a quick time over her preferred distance.

“The atmosphere at the Müller Anniversary Games in London last week was great,” said Asher-Smith. “I expect the same energy from the crowd in Birmingham.

“The British fans are exceptional and the athletes really appreciate the support. It pushes us to even better performances. With the World Championships in Doha getting closer, the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham is positioned perfectly to help me prepare and fine turn my performances.”

Other athletes in the field include world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, 2013 world bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare, US champion Dezerea Bryant and British youngster Amy Hunt, who clocked a world U18 best of 22.42 earlier this year.

Organisers for the IAAF