Jamaicans sprint aces Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell Brown will be among the featured attractions in the 100 metres at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on 15 May.
The event is the second stop on the 14-meet IAAF Diamond League series. Powell, the former 100 metres world record holder, will use the Shanghai race as part of his build up towards his first Diamond Race Trophy.
Injury forced Powell to pull out of the Diamond League in Stockholm last August and he is gradually returning to peak fitness.
The Shanghai race will also be a key test of whether Powell can regain the 100m world record now held by compatriot Usain Bolt.
Powell held the record for three years before Bolt lowered the mark in New York in 2008, then later at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Powell says the world’s three fastest men should line up in a race together before August’s World Championships.
Powell, Bolt and Tyson Gay have not featured in the same race since the 100m final at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Bolt shattered the world record in that race with a time of 9.58 seconds.
“We’re definitely up for it because the fans want it, and without them there is no sport,” Powell said. “We need to make sure the fans enjoy themselves and get to see what they want to see.”
The World Championships take place in Daegu, South Korea, from 27 August until 4 September.
Powell, 28, finished third behind Bolt and American Gay in the 2009 100m final in Berlin and believes a race that sees all three men go head-to-head would be beneficial to all of them ahead of the World Championships.
Reigning Diamond League 100m champion Carmelita Jeter has a showdown with Campbell Brown, the two-time Olympic 200m gold medallist and 2007 world 100m champion.
They met four times last year and the duel ended in a 2-2 draw, so fans expect another titanic battle. Jeter captured the Diamond League title with wins in Shanghai, Lausanne, and Monaco last year, when she ran a lifetime best of 10.64 seconds at this meet to become the second fastest woman of all-time.