Thursday is the Rome Diamond League, the halfway mark of the very strange 2020 summer track season. Tomorrow’s race won’t see any Canadian contenders, but there remain a number of races that are well worth watching – especially Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the men’s 3,000m, which could certainly see a national and possible European record. Here’s what’s going down tomorrow afternoon.
Runners to watch
The big races of the night will be the men’s 3,000m and the women’s 800m. In the men’s 3,000m, Norway’s youngest Ingebrigtsen brother will face off against Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo. Ingebrigtsen is the national 1,5000m and 2,000m record-holder, and he’s looking to add the 3,000m record to that resume. Kiplimo finished second at the 2019 World Cross-Country Championships. The current European 3,000m record is 7:26.62, held by Mohammed Mourhit of Belgium. It’ll be a good battle between the two runners.
In the women’s 800m, the British dynamic duo of Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie come in as the favourites. Both runners have had remarkable seasons, with Muir running the world lead in the 1,500m just last week. Reekie, who’s only 22, recently ran her 800m personal best of 1:58.63 in Poland.
In the sprint events, Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah will take on Switzerland’s Ajla Del Ponte.
How to watch
As always, runners can tune into CBC.ca for free live streaming of the event.