Diamond League: Pearson, Stevens headline Aussie field in Birmingham
Recently reclaimed world champion Sally Pearson and discuss silver medallist Dani Stevens all set for 12th round Diamond League action …
And the 30-year-old is not about to rest on her laurels as she has opted to race the women’s 100m at Diamond League Birmingham on Sunday (20 August), with a tough field set to start, including recent 100m bronze medallist and 200m champion Dafne Schippers (NED), 100m silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou (CIV), 200m bronze medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) and 100m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (JAM).
Pearson was back in training immediately following her second outdoor world title victory, posting on social media: “Back at training for the rest of the season. Ticking the legs over to remind them we’re not done yet!!”
Also on hand in Birmingham is New South Wales native Dani Stevens, who is fresh off a silver medal-performance in London. Stevens hit a mark of 69.64 metres to smash both the Oceania and Australian record in the women’s discuss.
It was her first time to podium at the world championships since winning gold at Berlin 2009.
New Zealand is also well represented in Birmingham with men’s shot put world champion Tom Walsh, who will have Americans Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, as well as bronze medallist Stipe Žunic (CRO) all in the throwing circle trying to outdistance him.
“This one is going to be different because usually I don’t do as well at the majors, so when I return for my next competition, I feel like I have something to prove,” said Walsh. “This time I don’t have anything to prove.
“I hold a lot of pride in the fact that people are going to find it hard to beat me,” the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist continued. “So I’m going to compete like a world champion and make it hard for anyone to beat me because I know on my day, I’m better than all of them.”