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Diamond Debate | Go with Ashley Spencer in 400mH

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Raymond Graham: The women's 400m hurdles is one of the most competitive events on the programme. Could it be redemption for the United States' Shamier Little?

André Lowe: She's no doubt very disappointed with finishing outside of the Olympic spots, but she is certainly a threat in this one and will certainly make an impression despite some concerns.

Raymond Graham: Based on what I saw at the USA trials, she seems to be carrying an injury, and this could jeopardise her chances of winning despite being the class act in the field. She's the only one in the line-up to have gone under 54 seconds.

André Lowe: Wenda Theron Nel, the South African, had a very good start to the season but has gone off the boil. She's another dangerous one, who I am expecting to at least finish in the top three here.

Raymond Graham: I was impressed with Ashley Spencer at the USA trials who ran out of lane eight to finish second in an impressive 54.02 seconds. It must also, noted that she competed on the flat 400 metres earlier at the meet, and now a bit fresher, she could go all the way here.

André Lowe: I agree with you on Spencer, who will also be looking to show that this run was not a fluke. I'm picking her to win, with Theron Nel and Little battling for the other two top spots.

Raymond Graham: A fit Little would have been a cinch here, but with a question mark surrounding her, I am looking elsewhere in a very competitive field. Great Britain's Eilidh Doyle could be the spoiler here as she is due a big one and she will be in the top three but I must go with Spencer following that impressive run at the USA Trials. Little could seize second here with Child taking third.

André Lowe: A good field at a great venue with the crowd right at the edge of the track. Hopefully this can push them to a good time. This event has been disappointing this year but I'm looking forward to some good performances here.

Raymond Graham: It is full time we see some fireworks in the event as this is my favourite race but the quality this season is nothing to talk about and hopefully today we will see a big turnaround here with just a few weeks to go for the big show in Rio.