August 21, 2012 / 2:05 PM / 5 years ago

Farah leads heavyweight lineup in Birmingham

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s double gold medalist Mo Farah will lead a glittering cast of 42 London Olympic medal winners, including 16 champions, when he races over two miles at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

Britain's Mo Farah kisses his gold medal for the men's 5000m at the victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2012 Games, broke the British indoor record for two miles this year and could this time threaten Steve Ovett’s outdoor mark of 8:13.51 set in 1978.

Another British gold medalist, Greg Rutherford, faces Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor of the U.S. in the long jump.

Australia’s Mitchell Watt and American Will Claye, who were second and third in the long jump, also compete.

All three medalists from the 110 meters hurdles - champion Aries Merritt, runner-up Jason Richardson and Hansle Parchment - will be in action in Birmingham.

Perennial rivals and Olympic gold and silver medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter go head-to-head again in what should be another keenly contested women’s 100 meters.

Reporting by Mike Collett; editing by Tony Jimenez

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