The second stop of the 2014 Diamond League brings us to Shanghai, China. Although there’s no Men’s High Jump--which is officially the best event in the world right now--we’ll fill that void in our heart with some events that are making their 2014 Diamond League debut.
 
Below, we’ll preview the full spectrum of running events. There’s something for everyone. If you’re debating whether or not to wake up early Sunday morning (early being a relative term since the live coverage on Universal Sports starts at 8:00AM ET), we’ll go ahead and suggest that you should.
 
Here are seven reasons why:
 
Women's 1500

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
ARAFI Rababe
12.01.1991
MAR
4:05.22
 
AREGAWI Abeba
05.07.1990
SWE
3:56.54
 
BELETE Mimi
09.06.1988
BRN
4:00.25
 
GEZAHEGNE Kalkidan
08.05.1991
BRN
4:00.97
 
HASSAN Sifan
01.01.1993
NED
4:03.73
 
KIBIWOT Viola Jelagat
22.12.1983
KEN
3:59.25
 
KOSTER Maureen
03.07.1992
NED
4:06.50
 
LIU Fang
25.02.1990
CHN
4:07.90
4:27.45
MOSER Treniere
27.10.1981
USA
4:02.85
4:08.58
SIMPSON Jennifer
23.08.1986
USA
3:59.90
4:03.91
TSEGAY Gudaf
23.01.1997
ETH
4:07.27
 
TVERDOSTUP Tamara
17.07.1979
UKR
4:07.43
 
UCENY Morgan
10.03.1985
USA
4:00.06
4:08.68
WAFULA Lydia
15.02.1988
KEN
4:12.95
 
ZHAO Jing
09.07.1988
CHN
4:10.67
 
 
It’s Abeba Aregawi vs. Jenny Simpson VII. The two have gone head-to-head over 1,500-meters six times in their careers with Aregawi taking the win on five occasions. Simpson’s only win over the Swede comes from their first meeting at the the 2011 Monaco Diamond League. In the southeast of France, Simpson finished 5th in 4:03.54 and Aregawi was way back in 10th in 4:10.30.
 
Since then, things have been all Aregawi. There were thoughts that Simpson could usurp Aregawi’s throne at the 2013 World Championships, but the American ended up finishing in the silver position (an unbelievable accomplishment in itself) behind the eventual world champion.
 
Aregawi continued her winning ways during the winter, earning a matching world title at the 2014 World Indoor Championships with her 4:00.61 win. She would have set the indoor 1,500-meter world record with her 3:57.91 mark in Stockholm back in February if Genzebe Dibaba had not run 3:55.17 five days earlier. Win some, lose some.
 
The question here is one of race sharpness. Following her 4:03.91 season opener in Tokyo, we know Simpson is ready to go in mid-May. Simpson's fastest season debut was in 2013, where she won the Drake Relays 1,500-meters in 4:03.35. She followed that up with a 4:02.30 3rd place finish in Rome. The winner there? Aregawi in 4:00.23.

While Simpson has already started her outdoor campaign, Aregawi has yet to race since her win in Sopot, Poland.
 
That being said, Aregawi’s 2013 season debut was a 3:56.60 national record, so don’t expect her to be sluggish out of the blocks.
 
Those aren’t the only two, though. Kenya’s Viola Jelagat Kibiwot has run 3:59.25 for 1,500-meters and is coming off an 8:24.41 4th place finish at the Doha Diamond League 5K. Bahrain’s Mimi Belete, who finished 8th in Doha in 8:30.00, has run 4:00.25 for 1,500-meters as well.
 
Americans Treniere Moser and Morgan Uceny will feature, too. The two have run 4:08 this season with Moser taking 5th at the Drake Relays (4:08.58) and Uceny finishing 6th (4:08.68).
 
Men's 5000m

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
ADEM Abrar Osman
01.01.1994
ERI
13:17.32
 
ALAMIREW Yenew
27.05.1990
ETH
12:48.77
13:49.92
AYALEW Aweke
23.02.1993
BRN
13:05.00
 
BOUQANTAR Soufiyan
30.08.1993
MAR
13:19.59
 
GEBRHIWET Hagos
11.05.1994
ETH
12:47.53
 
KANGOGO Cornelius
15.12.1993
KEN
13:15.26
 
KAYA Ali
20.04.1994
TUR
13:31.39
 
KIPKOECH John
29.12.1991
KEN
12:49.50
 
LEGESSE Birhanu
01.01.1993
ETH
13:15.32
 
LETOYIE Moses Mukono
27.11.1995
KEN
13:37.4h
 
LONGOSIWA Thomas Pkemei
14.01.1988
KEN
12:49.04
 
NDIKU Jonathan Muia
18.09.1991
KEN
13:11.99
13:21.55
ROBERTSON Zane
14.11.1989
NZL
13:13.83
 
RONO Geoffrey Kipkoech
21.04.1987
KEN
 
 
RONO Vincent
01.01.1982
KEN
13:21.96
 
ROP Albert
20.12.1994
BRN
12:51.96
 
SOI Edwin Cheruiyot
03.03.1986
KEN
12:51.34
 
TAHRI Bouabdellah
20.12.1978
FRA
13:12.29
 
TOROITICH Timothy
10.10.1991
UGA
13:32.21
 
TUEMAY Tsegay
20.12.1995
ERI
13:20.89
 
 
Kenya and Ethiopia show up en masse for Sunday’s first big international Men’s 5,000-meters. Ben True might have the world lead (13:02.74) for now, but come Sunday morning, he might slip a bit in the world rankings.
 
We’ll go country by country in order to keep some sort of order here.
 
Ethiopia brings two of its three 5K representatives from the 2013 World Championships to Shanghai. Hagos Gebrhiwet, who has the fastest personal best in the field with a 12:47.53 clocking, makes his outdoor debut. The silver medalist from Moscow looked unbeatable this winter over 3,000-meters, but failed to make the podium in Sopot, Poland. He looks to return to his winning ways this Sunday.
 
The super talented Yenew Alamirew, who stayed relatively quiet in Europe this winter, will also make his outdoor 5,000-meter debut. The almost 24-year-old boasts a personal best of 12:48.77 from the 2012 Paris Diamond League.
 
Although it doesn’t need to be said, Kenya will be out in full force as well. 2012 Olympic 5K bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa, who placed 4th last year in Moscow, makes his way back to the track following a 2nd place finish at the Giro Media Blenio 10K road race in Dongio, Italy.
 
He’s joined by two 12:51 men in Albert Rop (Ed. Note: He switched allegience to Bahrain in April 2013; go figure) and Edwin Soi. Rop got the better of Soi during the winter, running 7:39.24 to Soi’s 7:44.78 in the Dusseldorf 3K.
 
French 3,000-meter steeplechaser and indoor 5,000-meter national record holder Bouabdellah Tahri opens his outdoor campaign as well. Although his outdoor personal best of 13:12.29 is from six years ago, he did run a quick 1,500-meter last summer in Monaco (3:32.73). He could be overdue for another PR.
 
New Zealand’s Zane Robertson, who represented his country at the 2014 World Indoor Championship 3K, now moves up to his bread and butter distance. He ran a personal best of 13:13.83 last summer in Heusden.
 
Women's 400m

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
CHEN Jingwen
08.02.1990
CHN
52.18
 
FELIX Allyson
18.11.1985
USA
49.59
 
GEORGE Regina
17.02.1991
NGR
50.84
 
HASTINGS Natasha
23.07.1986
USA
49.84
52.01
MCCORORY Francena
20.10.1988
USA
49.86
50.24
MCPHERSON Stephenie Ann
25.11.1988
JAM
49.92
50.58
MONTSHO Amantle
04.07.1983
BOT
49.33
50.87
SPENCER Kaliese
06.05.1987
JAM
50.19
51.22
WILLIAMS-MILLS Novlene
26.04.1982
JAM
49.63
50.26

Just like how we’ve been enthralled with the high jump this spring, we were huge fans of the Women’s 400-meters last summer. While Christine Ohuruogu is sitting out Shanghai in lieu of the IAAF World Relays, we have still have some incredible match-ups over a quarter-mile.
 
Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, who was denied gold last summer by Ohuruogu, leads the field with her 50.87 world lead from Bamako, Mali.
 
She’ll be challenged by trio of Americans and one Nigerian, who went through the NCAA system.
 
After pulling out of three races, Allyson Felix will finally make her season debut. The reigning Olympic 200-meter champion has yet to compete since she tore her hamstring in the 2013 World Championships 200-meter final. Her personal best of 49.59 is from the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, where she was nipped by Montsho in the final and had to settle for silver.
 
While Felix has been out, Francena McCorory has been on a roll. The reigning World Indoor 400-meter champion is the current world leader (50.24) and has yet to lose at the event in 2014.
 
Natasha Hastings, who beat out McCorory at the 2013 U.S. Championships, looks to improve on her season’s best of 52.01 from mid-March.
 
The always dangerous Regina George has to yet to run an open 400-meter this season, but anchored Nigeria’s 4x400-meter relay at the Penn Relays in 50.49, which was the fastest of the field.
 
Men's 800m

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
BIWOTT Robert
28.01.1996
KEN
1:46.98
 
JOHNSON Brandon
02.03.1985
USA
1:43.84
1:47.37
LEWANDOWSKI Marcin
13.06.1987
POL
1:43.79
 
MAKHLOUFI Taoufik
29.04.1988
ALG
1:43.71
 
MULDER Tyler
15.02.1987
USA
1:44.34
1:48.76
MUSAGALA Ronald
16.12.1992
UGA
1:45.71
1:47.25
MUTAI Jeremiah Kipkorir
27.12.1992
KEN
1:43.9h
1:45.30
OLIVIER Andre
29.12.1989
RSA
1:44.29
1:45.39
ROTICH Abraham Kipchirchir
26.06.1993
BRN
1:43.13
 
SOM Bram
20.02.1980
NED
1:43.45
 
SOWINSKI Erik
21.12.1989
USA
1:44.58
1:44.58
TENG Haining
25.06.1993
CHN
1:46.56
 
 
The return of Taoufik Makhloufi, part deux. The reigning Olympic 1,500-meter champion made his long-awaited return to the track last week in Doha, where he ran an 800-meter personal best of 3:30.40 to finish 4th.
 
The Algerian set his 800-meter personal best in 2012 with a 1:43.71 2nd place finish in Stockholm.
 
The Americans will be represented by Erik Sowisnki, Brandon Johnson, and Tyler Mulder.

Sowisnki started his season with a a personal best of 1:44.58, which was set at the Mt. SAC Relays. Most recently, he finished 3rd in Tokyo in a time of 1:46.38.
 
Johnson looks to rebound from two disappointing performances in Doha and Tokyo, where he ran 1:47.59 and 1:47.37, respectively.
 
Mulder, who we’ve been told numerous times that we underrate, is coming off a 1:48.76 3rd place finish from the Oregon Twilight. If he has any sort of momentum from his teammate Hassan Mead’s incredible 5K at Payton Jordan, then expect a new season’s best, in the very least.
 
Keep a close eye on Kenya’s Jeremiah Mutai, Bahrain’s Abraham Rotich, and Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, too. As long as no one gets disqualified, like Lewandowski did indoors, then they could all be a threat here.
 
Men's 100m

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
CARTER Nesta
10.11.1985
JAM
9.78
10.22
CHAMBERS Dwain
05.04.1978
GBR
9.97
 
COLLINS Kim
05.04.1976
SKN
9.97
10.22
GATLIN Justin
10.02.1982
USA
9.79
10.02
KOFFI Wilfried
12.10.1987
CIV
10.11
10.11
RODGERS Michael
24.04.1985
USA
9.85
10.11
SILMON Charles
04.07.1991
USA
9.98
 
SU Bingtian
29.08.1989
CHN
10.06
 
WU Zhiqiang
10.04.1994
CHN
10.53
 
 
Don’t let Justin Gatlin’s 10.02 from Tokyo fool you. According to Alfonz Juck of ENE News and the wind gauge, the 2013 World Championship silver medalist and drug cheat is in fine form.
Gatlin’s biggest challenge will come from Jamaica’s Nesta Carter. The two met earlier this season in Kingston, Jamaica and the American bested the 2013 2013 World Championship bronze medalist 10.11 to 10.22, respectively.
 
Americans Charles Silmon and Michael Rodgers will also feature in addition to the ageless wonder(s) Kim Collins and Dwain Chambers*.

*perhaps it was the drug use that kept him young.
 
Women's 200m

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
CAMPBELL-BROWN Veronica
15.05.1982
JAM
21.74
22.94
DUNCAN Kimberlyn
02.08.1991
USA
22.19
22.53
FRASER-PRYCE Shelly-Ann
27.12.1986
JAM
22.09
22.53
GARDNER English
22.04.1992
USA
22.62
 
MCLAUGHLIN Anneisha
06.01.1986
JAM
22.54
22.72
OKAGBARE Blessing
09.10.1988
NGR
22.31
 
STRACHAN Anthonique
22.08.1993
BAH
22.32
22.59
TOWNSEND Tiffany
14.06.1989
USA
22.26
23.19
WILLIAMS Charonda
27.03.1987
USA
22.52
23.62

Following her 100-meter win in Doha, the dominant Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce moves up to the 200-meters in Shanghai. The three-time 2013 world champion has already run the distance this season, clocking 22.53 for 200-meter two weeks ago in Kingston, Jamaica.
 
Be sure to keep a close eye on Veronica Campbell-Brown, who has already run 22.94 for 200-meters this season. The Olympic bronze medalist was 5th in the 60-meters at the 2014 World Indoor Championships this winter.

VCP was cleared to compete by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association back in October.
 
It'll be an interesting test for Americans Kimberlyn Duncan and English Gardner as well. While Duncan was bested by SAFP in Kingston (22.53 to 22.61, respectively), the former LSU superstar has run 22.53 this season.
 
We’re not sure what’s going on with Gardner, though. In her first year as a professional, Gardner has run 11.31, 11.50. and 11.57. That’s a long way away from her 10.85 personal best, set at the U.S. Championships last summer.
 
Still, she’s an absolute talent and has run 22.62. Things could maybe click in Shanghai.
 
Men's 110mH

ATHLETE DATE OF BIRTH NATION PB SB
BRATHWAITE Ryan
06.06.1988
BAR
13.14
13.58
JIANG Fan
16.09.1989
CHN
13.47
 
MARTINOT-LAGARDE Pascal
22.09.1991
FRA
13.12
13.42
MERRITT Aries
24.07.1985
USA
12.80
13.78
OLIVER David
24.04.1982
USA
12.89
13.23
ROBLES Dayron
19.11.1986
CUB
12.87
 
SHUBENKOV Sergey
10.10.1990
RUS
13.09
13.38
THOMAS Mikel
23.11.1987
TRI
13.19
13.42
WILSON Ryan
19.12.1980
USA
13.02
13.30
XIE Wenjun
11.07.1990
CHN
13.28
 
 
Although Aries Merritt has withdrawn, the regular faces will still be in the blocks. The three medalists from the 2013 World Championships--David Oliver, Ryan Wilson, and Sergey Shubenkov--will again go toe-to-toe. The three met in Doha with Oliver taking the win (13.23), Shubenkov surging for 2nd (13.38), and Wilson placing 5th in 13.52.
 
One name to note is Cuba’s Dayron Robles. The former world record holder may boast a personal best of 12.87, but hasn’t broken 13.00 since his incredible 2008 season.

Again, Universal Sports will have live coverage starting Sunday, May 18th at 8:00AM ET. As usual, Flotrack will be providing live updates as well.