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05 Jul 2014

2014 Areva Meet

Great returns and great challenges on the Mondo track on Stade of France.

We celebrate this year the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Meeting Paris Saint-Denis, known today as the Areva Meet. The event, which takes place within 15 years of the Stade of France, is one of the most prestigious events of the IAAF Diamond League, will be held Saturday, July 5th and will be attended by some of the best sprinters in circulation, which can make the best features of Mondotrack surface. In particular, the attention of the media around the world has focused on the return to racing of Asafa Powell. The Jamaican athlete, suspended for 18 months after a doping control, he could not run until next December, but his request for an appeal with the CAS has allowed him to be able to get on track before the court will meet again, on July 7th and 8th, to review his case. A wonderful opportunity for the organizers of the meeting in Paris, two days before the review will host the first international release by a year in this part of one of the greatest sprinters of all time. In the 100m race will run even Richard Thompson (Trinidad & Tobago sprinter who raced this year in 9 "82 best performance of the season), the Jamaican Nesta Carter, Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, the American Michael Rodgers and the 38 year-old Kim Collins.

Great expectations for the women's 200m, which will see the expected battle between the American Allyson Felix (three times world champion and Olympic champion in London 2012) and Tori Bowie, known for his skills as a long jumper in that decided this season to devote himself to 200m with exceptional results: raced in 22 "18, world best performance of the year. In addition to the couple on the U.S., the spotlight will be focused also on the Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, which this year has improved his personal record running in 22 "23.

Entertainment also secured in races with obstacles. In the 110 hurdles much is expected from the battle between the French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who this year has raced in 13 "12 (personal record and the best performance of the year), and the reigning world champion, the American David Oliver, who right on track at the Stade of France was established in 2010 the record staff (12 "89). There will also be the Olympic champion in Beijing 2008, the Cuban Dayron Robles, who holds the record of the meeting (12 "88). In the men's 400m hurdles, there will be the two best performers of the season: the Puerto Rican Javier Culson (48 "03) and the American Michel Tinsley, vice Olympic champion and world-wide (48" 56). The 100m hurdles will have the flavor of an Olympic final, with the starting blocks of the seven best performers of the season: the American Brianna Rollins (12'' 53), Dawn Harper Nelson (12'' 54), Queen Harrison (12'' 56), Kristi Castlin (12'' 58) and Kellie Wells (12'' 68), the Australian Sally Pearson (12'' 59), and the French Cindy Billaud (12'' 69).