WORLD CHAMPIONS BARBER AND BARTOLETTA ADD LUSTRE TO KAWASAKI'S GOLDEN GRAND PRIX
quote from IAAF NEWS
The Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki will feature two world champions in the shape of Canada's Shawn Barber in the pole vault and USA's Tianna Bartoletta in the long jump, as well as a number of medallists from the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 at the third IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2016 on Sunday (8).
Barber, who was born and raised in the USA and attended Akron University but competes for the country of his father, joined the six-metre club when he cleared that height at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno in January.
He can expect competition from local star and defending champion Seito Yamamoto, who finished second in Reno by clearing a personal best of 5.77m and was sixth at the 2013 World Championships.
Bartoletta, who went a decade between world titles before winning again in Beijing last summer, will be aiming to complete the 100m-long jump double for the second straight year.
She will be challenged in the sprint by world indoor 60m champion and compatriot Barbara Pierre and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, the 2013 world 200m bronze medallist.
In the long jump, Bartoletta will take on Australia's Brooke Stratton, who jumped a national record of 7.05m in March.
Meanwhile, the men's high jump features a duel between Chinese stars Zhang Guowei, the world silver medallist who will fly straight to Japan from the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of the year in Doha, and Wang Zu, last year's national champion.
China's world bronze medallist Wang Jianan heads a men's long jump field that includes five jumpers who have topped the eight-metre mark.