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Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles among track stars set for meet spanning three continents

Allyson Felix

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, Allyson Felix of the U.S, left, competes during a women’s 400-meter run in the Match Europe against USA at Dinamo stadium in Minsk, Belarus. A rebellion led by some of track and field’s top athletes, like Felix, had led to changes in sponsorship contracts that are altering what could best be described as the sport’s ‘pregnancy penalty.’ For decades, the message to women in track and field was crystal clear: get pregnant, lose sponsorship money. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)


Allyson Felix will race 150m against Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, each on opposite sides of the U.S., in a July 9 meet that will include at least 30 athletes spread across three continents.

The “Inspiration Games” is an exhibition team event held by Diamond League organizers for a meet usually held in Zurich, Switzerland, that has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The meet will include 30 “superstars” among eight disciplines spanning seven stadiums. Also in the field: Noah Lyles (200m), Andre De Grasse vs. Omar McLeod vs. Jimmy Vicaut (100 yards), Dalilah Muhammad (300m hurdles), Sandi Morris vs. Katerina Stefanidi (pole vault) and Christian Taylor vs. Pedro Pablo Pichardo vs. Omar Craddock (triple jump)

The format: a series of three-way clashes among Europe, the U.S. and “Rest of the World” teams. Organizers announced one of them Tuesday -- a 150m pitting Felix, Miller-Uibo and Swiss Mujinga Kambundi, the 2019 World 200m bronze medalist.

Felix will race in California, Miller-Uibo in Florida and Kambundi in Switzerland.

The meet follows Thursday’s “Impossible Games,” a repurposed Diamond League meet held in Oslo with no fans and limited athletes, including solo races and some competing virtually from different countries.

This year’s regular Diamond League season has been readjusted to start in August.

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