Brussels Diamond League 2013: Biggest Storylines Set to Unfold in Belgian Meet

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 18:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line first win gold in the Men's 4x100 metres final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 18, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In the climatic end to this year’s track and field season, Brussels plays host to some of the world’s best athletes in the final Diamond League meeting.

As well as there being 16 Diamond Races to decide, there’s also a healthy sample of individual struggles set to entertain, all in the pursuit of one athlete being named the world's best.

Stars such as Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake are all still absent through a mixture of PED-related and injury issues, but there’s still more than enough drama on show for those watching.


Usain Bolt vs. Justin Gatlin War Wages On

Having pulled out of his 200-metre Diamond Race, Usain Bolt will instead compete solely for 100-metre pride as he looks to maintain a near perfect season that has seen him lose just the once.

Justin Gatlin was the man who dished out that June defeat in Rome, showing that the Jamaican is indeed subject to the same laws of physics as the rest of the field.

More about pride than anything else, Bolt will seek to reassure the world of his talents by soundly beating Gatlin, the man who came within 0.08 seconds of him at the World Championships in Moscow, the narrowest victory margin Bolt’s ever had at an Olympics or Worlds.


Warren Weir Leads An Open Field In Men’s 200 metres

One of Jamaica’s emerging stars who’s sure to pose big questions in the near future, Warren Weir currently leads the 200-metre Diamond Race and is points leader with 10 so far.

This Friday, the 23-year-old will attempt to end a fantastic season with his second Diamond League win of the campaign, but several faces stand in his way.

With points worth double in the final meeting, Nickel Ashmeade, Serhiy Smelyk and Jaysuma Saidy-Ndure all have the potential to cause an upset in the Diamond Race hunt.

Aside from the $40,000 cash prize place, Walter Dix will also be one to watch out for as the American looks to reclaim some pride having netted just two points all year.


Fraser-Pryce Stamps Her Authority

With a season’s best of 10.71 seconds, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has already run some incredible times in recent months and looks just certain to take the women’s 100-metre Diamond Race title.

USA’s Barbara Pierre is the only other competitor in Friday’s race to have run a time of sub-10.9 seconds this season, but it’s difficult to see past Fraser-Pryce once again stating to the world just how much she ‘s on top of her discipline right now.