The Bowerman: Ready To Shine At Memorial Van Damme

The Bowerman is going to be well-represented tomorrow at Memorial Van Damme, the second of two final meetings for the IAAF Diamond League.

Two past winners and five past finalists will vie to be crowned Diamond League champions and make their pockets $50,000 richer. Second place isn’t chump change, either, coming in at $20,000 – or third place at $10,000, for that matter – but those involved with The Bowerman are used to winning.

The Bowerman At Memorial Van Damme

2019 Best (World Rank)
Michael Norman
(2018 Men’s Winner)
Men’s 400 Meters
43.45 (No. 1)
Raevyn Rogers
(2017 Women’s Winner)
Women’s 800 Meters
1:58.65 (No. 8)
Fred Kerley
(2017 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s 400 Meters
43.64 (No. 2)
Kendra Harrison
(2015 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 100 Hurdles
12.43 (No. 3)
Sharika Nelvis
(2014 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 100 Hurdles
12.66 (No. 12)
Christian Taylor
(2011 Men’s Finalist)
Men’s Triple Jump
17.82m (No. 2)
Blessing Okagbare
(2010 Women’s Finalist)
Women’s 100 Meters
11.04 (t-No. 14)

It’s going to be quite the battle in the Men’s 400 Meters as 2018 The Bowerman winner Michael Norman goes up against 2017 The Bowerman finalist Fred Kerley. Norman and Kerley are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world in the event. Back in July, Kerley got the upper hand on Norman the last time these two athletes met over 400 meters as he won the U.S. title in a PR of 43.64.

The final of the Women’s 100 Hurdles has two past finalists of The Bowerman involved: World-record holder Kendra Harrison and Sharika Nelvis. Harrison was a finalist for The Bowerman in 2015 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world at 12.43, while Nelvis, a 2014 finalist for The Bowerman, is ranked 12th at 12.66.

Raevyn Rogers has rounded into form recently, which is critical at this stage of the season. Rogers, who won The Bowerman in 2017, has gone sub-2:00.00 in two of her past three races, including a 1:58.84 at the USATF Outdoor Championships in July.

Chances are if Christian Taylor performs to his usual level, he’ll walk away with a nice pay day. Taylor, who was a finalist for The Bowerman in 2011, is currently ranked second in the world in the triple jump and has quite the rivalry with Will Claye going. Taylor has 41 head-to-head victories over his fellow Gator great.

Blessing Okabare, a 2010 finalist for The Bowerman, returns to the track one week after competing in the final of the Women’s 200 Meters. This time she’ll cut that distance in half and take her No. 14 rank against the best of the best.

The Memorial Van Damme gets underway at 2 pm ET on Friday.


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