IMG Academy trainees LaShawn Merritt and Li Jinzhe are keeping to their winning ways at the 2013 IAAF World Challenge in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. Each athlete won their respective events at the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai three days earlier
Merritt posted a 20.40, his third fastest time of the year over 200-meters. Li Jinzhe won the men’s long jump with an effort of 8.31m, just three centimeters shy of his world leading mark he achieved in Shanghai.
Coach Loren Seagrave said that both Merritt and Li will join Tianna Bartoletta, who led off the gold medal, world record setting 4 X 100-meter Relay in London, on June 1st to compete in the IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Ore. The meet is a memorial for the late Steve Prefontaine. Li Jinzhe and his coach Liu Jian will return to IMG Academy to train with Seagrave the month of June in preparation for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow August 10 – 18th.
Fellow IMG Academy trainee Zhang Peimeng finished a very respectable 5th Place in a star-studded 100-meter dash that was won in 9.91 seconds. Peimeng’s time of 10.09 was only 0.05 seconds off his new national record he posted three weeks earlier.