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How to watch the Rome Diamond League

The events of the night will be the men's 3,000m and the women's 800m

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. 

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The schedule

12:43 p.m. ET – 400m Women – Entries
12:53 p.m. ET – 400mH Women – Entries
1:03 p.m. ET – 400m hurdles Men – Entries
1:13 p.m. ET – 400m Men – Entries
1:20 p.m. ET – 3,000m Men – Entries
1:47 p.m. ET – 110m Hurdles Men – Entries
1:55 p.m. ET – 800m Women – Entries
2:05 p.m. ET – 100m Women – Entries
2:15 p.m. ET – 100m Men – Entires

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. 

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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.