Thompson, who took the sprint double in Rio de Janeiro, is in second place on 20 points in the Diamond League 100m and looks set to grab 10 points and take over the lead. She is one of three Jamaicans who will face the starter in the 100m in the absence of race leader Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. The other Jamaicans down to compete in this short sprint are Rio finalist Christania Williams and veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown, the first Jamaican to arrive at the team hotel yesterday. McLeod will be hoping for another big performance in his bid to cut the gap on leader Orlando Ortega of Spain. McLeod, who had a mishap in his last Diamond League meet in London, bounced back with a big win in Rio and will be looking to get close to Ortega. He is in second place on 20 points in the event while Ortega leads with 30. POISED TO LEAD LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Jamaica’s double Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson and men’s 110-metre hurdles winner Omar McLeod will be two of the stars on show at tomorrow’s Lausanne Diamond League meet in Switzerland. After a four-week break to facilitate the staging of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Athletissima meeting is the 10th of 14 meets on the schedule. Track and field fans are very excited about the prospect of seeing some of the Rio stars, including four gold medallists, in action. With the meet coming just a few days after the Olympic Games, several athletes who were down to compete have opted out of tomorrow’s staging, but all events are still expected to be well contested as athletes who did not make it to Rio will be hoping to take some big scalps here. ANTICIPATED CLASH Other event leaders down to compete tomorrow are American LaShawn Merritt in the 400m and high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine. Fans were eagerly awaiting a clash between Olympic 100m hurdles champion, American Brianna Rollins, and her compatriot World record holder Kendra Harrison, but the former has withdrawn from the event along with the two other medallists, Nia Ali, who won silver, and bronze medallist Kristi Castlin. Harrison has 40 points and is unbeaten so far in Diamond League competition. She looks set to wrap up affairs here despite a competitive field that includes her countrywomen Jasmin Stowers, Sharika Nelvis and Dawn Harper-Nelson.
Seventh-seeded Marin Cilic made it look as easy as one, two, three as he charged into the third round of the US Open on Wednesday.Cilic, the 2014 champion, continued his hard court season surge with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 rout of Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine to reach a showdown match against American Jack Sock.”I played really well today from the start till the end,” the 27-year-old Croat told reporters. “I didn’t have too many ups and downs in the game.”I felt that I was controlling the match. I felt that I was really mixing up the game well.”Cilic, who recently made a coaching switch away from former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, began to put his big-hitting game in gear during the grass court season and has built momentum since. (Also read: Former champion Juan Martin del Potro roars into US Open second round)He reached the semi-finals at Queen’s Club, where he lost to Andy Murray, and followed that with a trip to the quarter-finals before falling to Roger Federer.This summer he won his first ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati, beating Murray in the final to end the Scotsman’s 22-match winning streak that included his Wimbledon and Olympic triumphs. (Also read: Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna advance at US Open)Cilic took 100 minutes to eliminate Stakhovsky, facing only two break points in the romp.”I think that was really, really, high-quality match,” he said.Cilic expects a tougher test against Sock, who came from two sets down to beat him in a five-setter in this summer’s Davis Cup matches in Portland, Oregon. (Also read: Milos Raonic suffers shock second-round loss at US Open)advertisement”I’m definitely expecting a tough match-up. Jack can be very dangerous on the court,” Cilic said about the 26th-seeded American.”He’s athletic guy. He can run down many balls. In the U.S., I guess that he plays even a bit better. He gets inspired with the crowd.”Hopefully I can keep my level.”