Discus thrower among J'cans for Shanghai
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Allison Randall, Jamaica's discus record-holder, will create history tomorrow when she competes at the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai, China as the first Jamaican female discus thrower to participate in a Diamond League event.
The American-born Randall broke the 26-year-old record held by Marlene Lewis since May 1986 at a meet in Florida earlier this year, when she threw 61.21m, just short of the Olympic 'A' standard 62.00m.
The 24-year-old national champion and Central American and Caribbean Championships (CAC) bronze medallist in Puerto Rico last year will face her toughest field yet, including European Championships gold medallist and World Championships finalist Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, who has a season-best 67.96m; American Sandra Brown-Trafton, who has already thrown 67.74m, and former World Champion Australian Dani Samuels.
Twelve other Jamaicans are down to take part in the second meeting of the Diamond League series, led by two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell Brown, who will contest the 200m.
Campbell Brown, who was second in the 100m at the season-opening Doha meet last Friday, will be joined by Aleen Bailey and Anniesha McLaughlin going up against American world leader Carmelita Jeter.
Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Mario Forsythe are the Jamaicans in the men's 100m field, while world leader Novelene Williams Mills, Kaliese Spencer and Shericka Williams are down to take part in the 400m.
Dwight Thomas, who opened his season in Daegu in an IAAF World Challenge meeting yesterday, will contest the 110m hurdles, while Isa Phillips is down to take part in the 400m hurdles.