Birmingham Diamond League 2017

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

Afternoon folks! A week on from the World Athletics Championships and the track and field stars are back out in force. It's @hannakin__ here with live coverage of the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Lots going on today with seventeen gold medallists from the world champs in action. This is the final diamond league schedule before the finals in Zurich and Brussels, so lots of athletes will be looking to pick up points today. Here's the timetable for this afternoon...

And of course, the afternoon concludes with Mo Farah's last ever track race on British soil.

First track action of the day is the women's 800m. Not a diamond league race so no Caster Semenya today, but Britain's Lynsey Sharp and Charlene Lipsey of the US are lining up. 58 second pace set for the first lap...

Lynsey Sharp hits the front with 300m to go but a very strong final 200m from 20 year old Ethiopian Habitam Alemu sees her take the win by a comfortable distance. Sharp in second and Lipsey in third. 1:59.6 the time.

Some field events also underway. A stacked field in the women's pole vault with world and olympic champion Ekaterina Stefanidi the obvious favourite. Britain's Holly Bradshaw also competing, she's passed the first height and gone clear at 4.41m. Stefanidi has elected to pass the first three heights and will enter at 4.61m.

First of 3 IPC events just about to start. An all British field lining up for the T37/38 100m. World Champion Georgina Hermitage in lane 4 and multiple World and Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox in lane 6. World Record holder Sophie Hahn in lane 5

Sophie Hahn absolutely blows the rest of the field away to take the win. 12.83 the time. Cox takes second with Hermitage in 3rd.

Men's long jump is also taking place. Manyonga isn't here but there are plenty of big names competing including silver medallist Jarrion Lawson (USA) and bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai (RSA). Lawson currently in the lead with a 7.99m on his second jump.

But of a strange one on the track right now. It's a 'walk vs run' race with race walker Tom Bosworth taking on distance runner Adam Clarke. Bosworth got disqualified from the 20km walk last week, I'm guessing there's no danger of that today but I'm not really sure what's happening here.