The Muller Grand Prix 200m will be one of the highlights of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on 18 August.

Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, two-time world champion Dafne Schippers and triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith will all take to the start line at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium next month.

Miller-Uibo, who beat Asher-Smith and Schippers in the 200m in Birmingham last year, has been undefeated across all disciplines since the 2017 Muller Grand Prix. So far in 2019, the Bahamian has clocked a world 300m best of 34.41, a 200m season’s best of 22.09 and a world-leading 49.05 for 400m.

Thompson recorded world-leading times of 10.73 and 22.00 to win the 100m and 200m titles at the Jamaican Championships last month. She was also victorious at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Rome and London.

Following her successes at the European Championships last year, Asher-Smith has carried her incredible form into 2019, winning the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Doha and Stockholm and clocking a 100m season’s best of 10.91.

Schippers comes off the back of a disappointing disqualification in the women’s 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, hoping to bounce back with a quick time over her preferred distance.

“The atmosphere at the Müller Anniversary Games in London last week was great,” said Asher-Smith. “I expect the same energy from the crowd in Birmingham.

“The British fans are exceptional and the athletes really appreciate the support. It pushes us to even better performances. With the World Championships in Doha getting closer, the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham is positioned perfectly to help me prepare and fine turn my performances.”

Bahamian Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo has admitted she is considering the 200m, 400m sprint double at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha but only if the organisers amend the schedule.

The 25-year-old star has displayed splendid form over both distances for the past several months. Her most recent outing, a dominant half-lap sprint at the Herculis EBS in Monaco last Friday, saw Miller-Uibo pull clear of a quality field, which included 2016 Olympic 100-200m champion Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers, the 2017 world 200m champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist. The athlete is even more of a dominant force in the one-lap event but knows first hand the demands of attempting the sprint double. At the 2017 World Championships, an obviously overworked Miller-Uibo settled for the bronze medal in the 200 metres race and finished fourth in the 400 metres event.

Impressed with her performance at the weekend, however, the athlete admitted that attempting the double was once again a possibility. "I feel pretty good, like I did a good job out there," Miller-Uibo said. "I'm happy with how the race went. The quicker I get at 200m, the quicker I'd be at 400 and I'm really happy with where I'm at right now.” “My coach said he was very happy with how I ran the turn. If they can change the timetable for the Olympics, I'd be more than happy to double."

Jamaica's double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is down to clash with Dafne Schippers and Marie–Josee Ta Lou at the Müller Anniversary Games Diamond League meeting at the London Stadium on July 20-21.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo will start as the favourite in her second event, putting her unbeaten 2018 season record on the line. 

When it came to the crunch, halfway down the home straight at the Alexander Stadium, Shaunae Miller-Uibo had too much class for her rivals in the stacked-high women’s 200m in the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday (18), the last stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit before finals nights in Zurich and Brussels. 

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