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Summer track season explodes into action

Summer track season explodes into action

Jakob Ingebrigtsen vs Yared Nuguse at the Diamond League in Rabat is just one of a number of exciting athletics events around the world this weekend

The much-anticipated sprint showdown between world 100m champion Fred Kerley and Olympic gold medallist Marcell Jacobs at the Diamond League in Rabat on Sunday may have disintegrated due to Jacobs’ sustaining an injury, but there is still plenty to look forward to in a power-packed weekend of athletics.

If you thought last weekend was busy with the Night of the 10,000m PBs, Great Manchester Run and Loughborough International, the next couple of days see the action ramped up several notches with lots of top athletes opening their season and hundreds of leading Brits in action at home and abroad.

The highlight is the second Diamond League meeting of the summer in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday. Jacobs might be out of the men’s 100m, but there is still a great line-up with Kerley, fellow American Trayvon Bromell and in-form Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala.

There is also an intriguing men’s 1500m with Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway making his 2023 outdoor debut against rising American star Yared Nuguse plus Australia’s Commonwealth champion Olli Hoare.

Elsewhere world champions Shericka Jackson, Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Grant Holloway are in action.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh (Mark Shearman)

Soufiane El Bakkali will enjoy home support as he takes on Getnet Wale of Ethiopia and Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya in the 3000m steeplechase.

Brits in action include high jumper Morgan Lake, discus man Lawrence Okoye and 400m sprinters Matt Hudson-Smith and Alex Haydock-Wilson.

For viewers in the UK the meeting is on BBC Three with timetable and start lists here.

Warner, Vetter and KJT in Götzis

Damian Warner and Anouk Vetter return to defend their Hypomeeting titles at the world’s No.1 combined events meeting in Austria on Saturday and Sunday (May 27-28).

After her promising early-season results at the Loughborough International last weekend, Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be in action too with fellow Brit Jade O’Dowda.

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The star-studded heptathlon and decathlon line-ups include not only Olympic champion Warner of Canada and Olympic silver medallist Vetter of the Netherlands but also fellow Dutch heptathlete Emma Oosterwegel, Carolin Schafer of Germany, Anna Hall and Annie Kunz of the United States, Adriana Sulek of Poland, world under-20 champion Saga Vanninen from…

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