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The second stop in this season’s Diamond League will include Aries Merritt, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and David Oliver, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, taking on a top field in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.

The meet takes place Saturday in Shanghai.

Merritt, Oliver and Jeff Porter are among nine in the 110-meter hurdles field, which also includes Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist Omar McLeod of Jamaica.

Kerron Clement, a three-time Olympic medalist, and LaShawn Merritt, a four-time Olympic medalist, are back in action following second-place finishes in last week’s Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar. Clement is in the 400-meter hurdles, and Merritt and Rio Olympic teammate Ameer Webb are in the men’s 200-meter.

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The women’s 100-meter battle features three-time Olympic medalist Tori Bowie, three-time Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta and Olympic relay gold medalist Morolake Akinosun.

Two-time Olympic champion Natasha Hastings will compete in the women’s 400-meter, while 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard is in the men’s high jump.

Other U.S. athletes in the meet include Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks in the men’s pole vault, Felisha Johnson in the women’s shot put and Jeff Henderson and Jarrion Lawson in the men’s long jump.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN; 7 a.m. Saturday, Universal HD

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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