Diamond League Track Circuit Continues in Oslo Friday, New York Saturday

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OTTAWA (ISN) – The 2012 Diamond League continues this week with stops five and six of the fourteen event series. The ExxonMobil Games are today in Oslo, Norway and will be followed by the Adidas Grand Prix in New York, USA on Saturday.

ExxonMobil Games

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., will take to the shot put circle at 12:50pm ET. Armstrong will have an opportunity to gain ground in the diamond race as current leader Reese Hoffa of the United States is not competing in Oslo. Hoffa leads the way with with 8 points, Armstrong is in second with 3 points and Tomasz Majewski of Poland is in third with 2 points.

Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, Ont., will line up the heats of the women’s sprint hurdles at 1:20pm ET. George is in fourth place in the diamond race with 1 point; Brigitte Foster- Hylton of Jamaica currently leads with 5 points. Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells sit in second and third place respectively with 4 points each. The 100-metre final in Oslo is slated for 3:25pm ET.

Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., will have the perfect opportunity to improve on his seasonal best time of 10.29-seconds as he takes to a star studded field in the men’s 100-metres at 3:50pm ET. Joining Warner in the starting blocks are Usain Bolt, Lerone Clarke and Asafa Powell of Jamaica as well as Marlon Devonish and Mark Francis-Lewis of Great Britain.

Following the Oslo Diamond League Justyn and Dylan will then head to British-Columbia for the Harry Jerome on June 10. The Harry Jerome is the first of six stops in the 2012 National Track League (NTL).

ADIDAS Grand Prix

Julie Labonté of Saint Justine, Que., will make her diamond debut in New-York in the women’s shot put at 2:00pm ET. Julie holds the Canadian record with a mark of 18.31-metres set last year at the NCAA Division I Championships.

Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., will line up in the men’s 1500-metres at 3:13pm ET; this event is not part of the Diamond Series in New-York.

Watch LIVE on CBC

Catch the Oslo Diamond League streaming live on CBCsports.ca this afternoon from 2:00pm- 4:00pm ET. The New York Diamond League will stream LIVE Saturday from 3:00pm- 5:00pm ET.

Follow Canada’s best on Twitter: @phyliciageorge (Phylicia George), @GoPRiscilla (Priscilla Lopes-Schliep), @justynwarner (Justyn Warner).

For more information including live results visit: http://www.diamondleague.com/StartlistResult/ .

Christian J. Stewart
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