Russia’s two-time European champion Sergey Shubenkov has shown superb form this year, running a season’s best of 13.13 and then winning a high-quality final at the European championships, beating Diamond Race winner Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.
The latter finished third at the European Championships, meaning Britain’s silver medallist William Sharman earned the second invite to join Shubenkov on the European team.
Ronnie Ash, the Americas team representative, ranks third in the world this year with his 12.99 PB achieved at the US Championships. The 26-year-old recently finished fourth at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, just 0.02 behind Shubenkov.
Cuba’s former world junior champion Yordan O’Farrill has quickly adapted to the senior-height hurdles, clocking a PB of 13.19 in Prague in June. The 21-year-old will want to make amends for a disappointing showing at the Pan-American Games, where he was disqualified in the semi-final.
China’s Xie Wenjun, who won the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai with a PB of 13.23, could score valuable points for Asia-Pacific if he is able to recapture his form from earlier in the season.
South Africa’s Ruan de Vries and Nigeria’s Tyron Akins represent the African team.
Natalia Maryanchik for the IAAF