Rai Benjamin begins search for World Championship glory with Shanghai test

By May 16, 2019
Rai Benjamin Rai Benjamin

The tenth anniversary season of the IAAF Diamond League continues with the Diamond League Shanghai meeting on Saturday whose programme includes a slew of tantalising head-to-heads that just may define much of the 2019 season in the run up to the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. 

The most anticipated race on the slate is one the world's been waiting on for nearly a year: the first 400m hurdles head-to-head between Abderrahman Samba of Qatar and Rai Benjamin of the US, two of the four fastest men of all time in the event.

Benjamin, the son of former West Indies fast bowler, Winston Benjamin, switched allegiance from Antigua and Barbuda to the United States last year, after some very promising performances that put him on the world stage.

Samba lowered the Asian record to 46.98 last year to become the second fastest man in history; Benjamin clocked 47.02 to tie all-time legend Edwin Moses in the No3 spot.

Samba's already gotten off to a sensational start, winning the Asian title in 47.51 just over three weeks ago.

Benjamin has shown good form as well, clocking 44.31 in his 400m season opener on April 20.

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