The Star (Jamaica)

Sprint stars to clash in Paris tomorrow


SPRINT stars Elaine Thompson Herah, Shelly-Ann FraserPryc­e and Shericka Jackson are set to dazzle the world again tomorrow when they compete over 100 metres at tomorrow’s Wanda Diamond League in Paris, France.

With Fraser-Pryce upsetting the odds with an all-the-way win in Lausanne, Switzerlan­d, yesterday, Thompson Herah, the Olympic champion and the second fastest woman alive, will be seeking to get back to winning ways. Fraser-Pryce clocked a personal best 10.60 seconds to get closer on the all- time list to Thompson-Herah who clocked 10.54 at the Prefontain­e meet last weekend to become the second-fastest woman in history. Only American world-record holder Florence Griffith Joyner with her world record 10.49 has clocked a faster time than the Jamaican sprint star.

An interestin­g entry in the event is Great Britain’s Dina Asher Smith who was not at her best in the Tokyo Olympics due to injury and is struggling a bit to come back to top form. Her personal best (10.83), however, puts the British runner behind the hot Jamaican trio and she may have to settle for a minor placing.


Olympic 100 metres hurdle bronze medallist Megan Tapper will lead a Jamaican trio in the event which will include Olympic finalist Britany Anderson the second fastest female in the world this season with a best of 12.40 seconds and Danielle Williams who has a season’s best 12.62.

After disappoint­ing runs in Lausanne, Janieve Russell and Candice McLeod will be hoping for better results in the women’s 400 metres hurdles and 400 metres, respective­ly. Femke Bol of Denmark, the 400m hurdles winner in Lausanne, will contest the 400m along with Marileidy Paulino of Dominican Republic who also won in Lausanne, American veteran and recent Olympic bronze medallist Allyson

Felix and Sada Williams of Barbados.

On the male side, Olympic 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment and bronze medallist Ronald Levy will be hoping to better their results in Lausanne. Levy was fifth while Parchment placed eighth. Nigel Ellis and Julian Forte are down for the men’s 100 metres.

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