Henry Manni is one of several champions who will take to the track in Italy ©Getty Images

A number of World, European and Paralympic champions are set to descend on the Stadio Raul Guidobaldi in the Italian city of Rieti for the World Para Athletics Grand Prix this week.

One of the names to keep an eye on is Finland's Henry Manni, who will race in the men's T34 races.

The 25-year-old claimed three gold medals at the International Paralympic Committee European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, in 2016 and will be the one to beat this week.

Malaysia's Mohamad Puzi, who won his country's first-ever Paralympic medal at Rio 2016, will be the favourite in the T36 100 metres competition and he will be hoping to put in a good performance, particularly with the Asian Para Games coming up in October.

Elsewhere on the track, 15-year-old Muhsine Gezer from Turkey will be racing in the 800m and 1,500m T20 races.

Despite her young age, Gezer already has a world bronze medal to her name and she looks like she will be the closest challenger to Hungarian twins Bernadett and Ilona Biacsi.

Oney Tapia is a world record holder in discus ©Getty Images
Oney Tapia is a world record holder in discus ©Getty Images

In the field, Italy's world record setter Oney Tapia will compete in the men's discus F11 whilst Moroccan Paralympic champion Azeddine Nouiri is the favourite in the F34 shot put.

The men's T12 long jump could be the closest contest of the Grand Prix with Sweden's reigning European champion Per Jonsson going up against South African Paralympic champion Hilton Langenhoven.

Their respective seasonal best jumps are just three centimetres apart with Jonsson on 7.15m and Langenhoven on 7.18m.

Nearly 200 athletes from 29 countries will compete in Rieti with competition beginning tomorrow and continuing until Saturday (May 20).