Richardson, Ingebrigtsen and 10,000m showdown highlight Eugene Diamond League

American Sha'Carri Richardson is scheduled to run her first 100 meters of the year at the Eugene Diamond League track meet (Cliff Hawkins)

American Sha’Carri Richardson is scheduled to run her first 100 meters of the year at the Eugene Diamond League track meet (Cliff Hawkins)

World champion Sha’carri Richardson will run her first 100 meters of the Olympic year on Sunday at the Eugene Diamond League, where Jakob Ingebrigtsen leads a star-studded mile field.

Richardson, who launched his 2024 campaign with a relay in March and followed up with a pair of slow 200m performances in China in April, returns to his signature event on the same Hayward Field track in Eugene that will host the US Olympic Trials. USA from June 21 to 30. .

Richardson is scheduled to face Jamaica’s five-time Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won gold in the 100 meters in Rio in 2016 and in Tokyo in 2021.

Since Tokyo, where she completed a triplet of 100m, 200m and 4x100m, the 31-year-old has endured a rollercoaster ride thanks in part to an Achilles tendon problem.

Last year, Thompson-Herah had to settle for bronze in the 4x100m relay at worlds before finishing the year on a high despite a stormy split from her coach.

He begins his season in Eugene, a month before the Jamaican trials.

The women’s 100 meters also features world indoor 60 meters champion Julien Alfred of Saint Lucia and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou.

Ethiopian 10,000m world champion Gudaf Tsegay, who broke the 5,000m world record at the Diamond League final in Eugene in September, plans to beat the 10,000m world record of 29:01.03 set by compatriot Letesenbet Gidey in June 2021.

Tsegay, also the world record holder in the indoor 1,500m, showed impressive early-season form with the 1,500m in 3:50.30 in Xiamen last month.

Both the women’s and men’s 10,000m races take on an extra edge as Olympic selection for Kenya is contested.

Meanwhile, Eugene’s flagship event, the Bowerman Mile, will feature Norwegian Olympic 1,500m champion Ingebrigtsen and British rivals Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman.

Wightman surprised Ingebrigtsen at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene and Kerr did the same last year in Budapest.

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