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James, Merritt clash in Shanghai

The world’s two leading one-lap runners will go head-to-head for the first time in 2015 at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League meeting on May 17.

World 400m champion LaShawn Merritt and Olympic champion Kirani James will clash at the second meeting on this year’s IAAF Diamond League calendar with important bragging rights to be won ahead of the IAAF World Championships this August.

These two athletes have been swapping global 400m titles since Merritt won the Olympic gold medal in 2008. The 28-year-old US sprinter went on to clinch the world crown in 2009 before James – the young talent from Grenada – emerged to claim both the world title in 2011 and the Olympic gold in 2012.

Meritt became world champion again in Moscow in 2013 and will be keen to retain his status in Beijing this summer.

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