800m world record-holder, David Rudisha, double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and 11 more Olympic champions have been announced for the 2017 Shanghai Diamond League on 13 May.
In addition to the 13 Olympic champions, the star line-up will also includes four gold medallists from the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, and a galaxy of international track and field stars.
Kenya’s David Rudisha will be hoping for a good performance in the 800m, just three months ahead of his world title defence in London.
Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, will be racing in the 100m. The rest of the field is yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to include an array of last year’s top performers.
In the women’s 400m, Bahama’s Olympic gold medallist Shaunae Miller, will take on last season’s Diamond Race winner Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica.
Athletes also announced to star in Shanghai include; The women’s 10,000 world record holder, Almaz Ayana, 1500m gold medallist Faith Kipyegon from Kenya, and Bahrain steeplechase world record-holder Ruth Jebet.
The home crowd will have the opportunity to cheer on Chinese record-holder and world 4x100m silver medallist Xie Zhenye in the 200m, in a field that includes Alonso Edward.
Looking at the stellar names announced, the meeting promises to be full of top class performances as the world’s leading athletes begin the long build-up to August’s IAAF World Championships in London.