Bolt, Fraser-Pryce lead Jamaican charge today
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt will lead the charge of thirteen Jamaicans — including eight medalists — who will storm the track in today’s Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Swiss fans are in for a treat as organizers have lined up five of the women who made the London Olympic 100m final, including the three medalists.
Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywomen Veronica Campbell-Brown, London’s bronze medalist, and Kerron Stewart in fending off the challenge of America’s Carmelita Jeter, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Trinidad’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste.
The men’s 200m also promises an exciting display of sprinting with six of the eight men to have run sub-20, including five Jamaicans, present.
Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, will be joined by training partners Warren Weir, who took Olympic bronze, and Jason Young.
The other Jamaicans are Marvin Anderson and Nickel Ashmeade, who didn’t make the national team.
Yohan Blake, who was second in Jamaica’s sweep of medals in the Olympic 200m, will contest the 100m alongside Nesta Carter and Michael Frater.
Kaliese Spencer and Melaine Walker will both have a lot to prove when they run the 400m hurdles.
Spencer was fourth at her third consecutive global championship while former Olympic champion Walker, did not make the London final.
They’ll take on the three medalists from London, Russia’s Natalya Antyukh, American Lashinda Demus and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.
London bronze winner Hansle Parchment will try to hurdle his way to another podium finish in the men’s 110m hurdles against the American winner Aries Merritt and runner-up Jason Richardson.
Rusheen McDonald in the 400m is the last Jamaican down to compete when he challenges London winner Kirani James of Grenada and silver medalist, Lueglin Santos of the Dominican Republic.
Jamaica also goes in the women’s 4x100m relay against London’s third place team, Ukraine. The record-setting American team from those Games will not compete.