Will Marco Arop make it three at Paris Diamond League?
The Canadian has won his last two Diamond League races with easePhoto by: Pat Holleran/Shannon Digital Imaging
Marco Arop is on a tear since the Olympic Games, winning his last two Diamond League races smoothly. In Paris on Saturday, Arop will once again go up against silver and bronze 800m medallists from Tokyo in search of his third straight win.
This race will once again feature seven of the 10 athletes from the 800m Tokyo Olympic final. In Eugene, Arop came from behind to secure the victory in the final 200m, and in Lausanne, he led from start to finish to take his second Diamond League title in less than a week.
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Three 800m wins in a week would emulate the schedule middle-distance runners must face at Olympic Games and World Championships, and show Canadian track fans what he could be capable of at championships events to come.
Another notable race at the Paris Diamond League is the women’s 3,000m, which features Gabriela DeBues-Stafford. She will return to the European Diamond League circuit seeking a new personal best over the seven-and-a-half-lap distance, after running her PB of 8:38.51 at the Prickly Pear Invitational earlier this year. She will go up against Francine Niyonsaba, who is coming off a win over two miles at the Pre Classic, and Beatrice Chebet, the 2019 U20 World Cross Country gold medallist.
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Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown looks for a bounce-back performance after running 20.18 in blistery conditions yesterday in Lausanne. Kenny Bednarek won the 200m race in Lausanne, becoming the first sprinter ever to run nine sub-20 races in a single season. Bednarek will look to increase his record to 10 on Saturday.
The Diamond League Lausanne action starts on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBC sports.