Athletics - Gatlin in the shade of Kenyan steeplechasers

Justin Gatlin of the US compete during the men's 100m final at the IAAF World Challenge at the National Olympic Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing on May 18, 2016. (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI)

- American sprint star Justin Gatlin might be used to hogging the limelight, but there's a strong chance he'll be overshadowed at Thursday's Diamond League meet in Rome by one of the strongest ever Kenyan steeplechase line-ups. With no less than 50 Olympic, world or European medallists or Diamond League winners at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, it will be another stage for fine-tuning ahead of the Rio Olympics. The 100m line-up also features Asian record holder Femi Ogunode, European record holder Jimmy Vicaut and South African record holder Akani Simbine. But the blue riband event could well be eclipsed by the men's 3000m steeplechase, which features all three podium finishers from the 2015 Beijing world championships including reigning Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi.

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