Blake, Pearson and Suhr top New York Diamond League

NEW YORK: Reigning Olympic champions Sally Pearson and Jenn Suhr and former 100-meter world champion Yohan Blake will compete in June’s Diamond League athletics meet in New York, organizers said Wednesday. The 10th Adidas Grand Prix on June 14 will also feature the US debut of reigning world high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine. Australia’s Pearson, 27, is the reigning Olympic 100m hurdles champion. She also took silver in 2008 at Beijing, won the 2011 world title and was the 2012 World Indoor hurdles champion. Suhr, 32, took women’s pole vault gold at London and silver at Beijing.
Last year, the American outdoor record holder broke the World Indoor record by clearing 5.02m and she will seek her sixth victory at the New York meet. Jamaica’s Blake, 24, missed most of last year with an injury after winning the New York 100m title in 2012 before taking silver medals in the 100 and 200 behind countryman Usain Bolt at the London Olympics. Blake, the 2011 world 100m champion, has a personal best of 9.69 seconds, second only to training partner Bolt. “After not being able to run in New York last year, I can’t wait to get into my blocks,” Blake said. “The opportunity to compete against international athletes in front of New York’s Caribbean community just gets my adrenaline pumping.” Bondarenko, 24, twice last season jumped 2.41m, the highest outdoor clearance in the world in the past 20 years. He won 14 of 15 competitions in 2013. 

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