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Diamond Debate | Rollins vs Harrison

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Brianna Rollins
Kendra Harrison<\n>

Raymond 'KC' Graham: Another outstanding line up awaits in the women's 100m hurdles, where the likes of Kendra Harrison and Jasmine Stowers, who failed to make it to the Olympics, will want to prove something here against the rest of the field, especially Harrison, who is the world leader with 12.24 seconds clocking beside her name.

Andre Lowe: This is truly one of the events of the season and, as always, we'll see a lot of top names squaring off against each other, all of them with a point to prove like you said. I like Harrison and she looks relaxed and has been saying that she has already put the disappointment behind her. However, Brianna Rollins is a true competitor and she will be eager to stamp her class here and show that she is ready to confirm herself as America's best sprint hurdler.

Raymond 'KC' Graham: Something definitely seemed to have gone wrong with Harrison at the USA Olympic Trials, and I think she will be eager to show that her run then was just a one-off and will want to bounce back in style. She has been running fast all year and will do so again with another fast time

Andre Lowe: People like Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin would also like to gear up for the Olympics with good showings here and are a

couple of dark horses who will capitalise if those in front of them give them any opportunities also Jasmin Stowers. Do not expect veteran Dawn Harper-Nelson to finish in the top-three here.

Raymond 'KC' Graham: Yes, Castlin is dangerous and will want to prove that her second-place finish at the Olympic Trials was no fluke. Rollins is strong and desperately wants to win gold in Rio after her let-down at the World Champs last year. She is counting on a big performance here before going to Rio, but I think Harrison will spoil her party.

Andre Lowe: More often than not, I like what I've seen from Rollins in big races. Harrison says she is just learning how to deal with high-pressure races, but you get the idea Rollins thrives in these and she is bouncing with confidence right now, even her whole demeanour has changed since trials.

I'm going with Rollins for a close win. Harrison, I think, gets second.

Raymond 'KC' Graham: Harrison to win and win big, too, and I think Stowers will run a big race, here but Rollins should be second.