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Kendricks, Braz and Manyonga join Rome jumps cast - IAAF Diamond League

A head-to-head battle between Sam Kendricks and Thiago Braz in the pole vault and a reunion of the 2017 World Championships podium finishers in the men's long jump will be among the star attractions at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, the fourth leg of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League, on 31 May.

World champion Kendricks and Olympic champion Braz are both members of the event's six-metre club, the former with a 6.00m lifetime best and the latter with 6.03m.

They'll be joined by Poland's world silver medallist Piotr Lisek, another member of the six-metre fraternity with a 6.00m indoor best set in 2017.

In the long jump, world champion Luvo Manyonga of South Africa will take on world silver medallist Jarrion Lawson the US and Ruswahl Samaai, who jumped to bronze in London last year.

They'll all need to keep an eye out for Juan Miguel Echevarría of Cuba, who took surprise gold at the World Indoor Championships in March.

Organisers for the IAAF

2018 IAAF Diamond League calendar:
4 May – Doha, QAT
12 May – Shanghai, CHN
26 May – Eugene, USA
31 May – Rome, ITA
7 Jun – Oslo, NOR
10 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
30 Jun – Paris, FRA
5 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
13 Jul – Rabat, MAR
20 Jul – Monaco, MON
21-22 Jul – London, GBR
18 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
30 Aug – Zurich, SUI
31 Aug – Brussels, BEL