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Five events to watch at Rabat Diamond League

Marquise Goodwin

TORONTO, ON - JULY 22: Marquise Goodwin of the United States holds the American flag after winning the silver medal in the men’s long jump during Day 12 of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on July 22, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Of all the current and former NFL players eyeing the Rio Olympics, Marquise Goodwin has the best shot at making it to Brazil in August.

Goodwin, a Buffalo Bills wide receiver who placed 10th in the 2012 Olympic long jump, returned to track and field in 2015 after nearly three years off.

And on Saturday, he jumped a personal-best 8.45 meters in a small meet in Guadeloupe. That distance would have won the London Olympic title and ranked him second in the world in 2015.

Goodwin is one of the headliners at Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco. Sprint superstars Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix are skipping the meet.

Here are the Rabat start lists and schedule on Sunday (all times Eastern):

11 a.m. — Women’s shot put
11:15 -- Women’s triple jump
11:20 -- Women’s javelin
11:25 -- Women’s pole vault
11:30 -- Women’s 3000m steeplechase
11:35 -- Men’s high jump
11:45 -- Men’s 1500m
12:04 p.m. -- Women’s 400m hurdles
12:15 -- Women’s 100m
12:25 -- Men’s 800m
12:33 -- Men’s 3000m steeplechase
12:45 -- Men’s long jump
12:52 -- Men’s 110m hurdles
12:55 -- Men’s discus
1 -- Men’s 3000m
1:15 -- Men’s 200m
1:25 -- Women’s 800m
1:35 -- Men’s 400m
1:45 -- Women’s 5000m

Here are five events to watch:

Women’s triple jump -- 11:15 a.m.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibargüen has the longest active streak in track and field with 32 straight triple jump victories since she took silver at the London Olympics.

She likely won’t be challenged in Rabat, since nobody else from the top eight in the world last year is in the field.

Women’s 100m -- 12:15 p.m.

Carmelita Jeter is the second-fastest woman of all time, having run the 100m in 10.64 seconds. But that was seven years ago.

The 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist competes at her first Diamond League meet since tearing her left quadriceps in the 2015 U.S. Championships 100m final, where she finished seventh before falling to the track in pain.

In Rabat, Jeter will be an underdog against past Worlds 200m medalists Elaine Thompson and Blessing Okagbare. Jeter’s best time in two 100m races this season is 11.34, and she likely needs to be sub-11 at the Olympic Trials on July 3 to make the Rio team individually.

Men’s long jump -- 12:45 p.m.

Goodwin can notch the biggest international win of his career. His competition includes World silver medalist Fabrice Lapierre of France, but neither Lapierre nor anyone else in the field has matched Goodwin’s personal best from Saturday.

Goodwin’s sights are set on the U.S. Olympic Trials final July 3 in Eugene, Ore., where he must finish in the top three to return to the Games.

Women’s 800m -- 1:25 p.m.

Olympic silver medalist Caster Semenya faces her toughest test since her startling return to form this year. The field includes World champion Marina Arzamasova of Belarus and Kenyan Eunice Sum, who ran the fastest time in the world in 2015.

Semenya, also famous for a gender-testing controversy of 2009 and 2010, swept 400m, 800m and 1500m titles in one day at the South African Championships in April but is expected to race solely the 800m at the Rio Olympics.

Men’s 400m -- 1:35 p.m.

Beijing Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt headlines a field that is without World champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada.

Merritt, who owns the fastest 200m in the world this year at 19.78, has run 44.22 for 400m this year, ranking third behind James (44.08) and van Niekerk (44.11).

In Rabat, Merritt’s closest challenger could be Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who ran the third-fastest time in the world in 2015.

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