Sport

Fraser-Pryce heads list of confirmed stars for JII meet

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014    

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JAMAICA'S Olympic, IAAF World Outdoor and Indoor gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, heads a list of 12 athletes who were yesterday confirmed for the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet to be held at the National Stadium on May 3.

Fraser-Pryce, who last Sunday added the IAAF World Indoor 60m gold to her growing list of global achievements, has been confirmed for the meet, which is an IAAF World Challenge event.

The Jamaican stop is the second in the series of 15 meetings, and the first one will be held in Australia on March 22.

The JII has become popular since its inception just over 10 years ago and has attracted a number of top athletes and this year promises to continue the tradition of quality competition.

Fraser-Pryce won the 200m at last year's staging, beating Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson in a Jamaican clean sweep

of the medals, while American Allyson Felix finished fourth.

Olympic and World Championships gold medallist, Jamaican-born Sanya Richards-Ross will return, as will as Felix and LaShawn Merritt, all of the United States, and Francena McCorory, who won the World Indoors 400m in Sopot, Poland, last weekend.

Nigerian World Championships 200m/long jump medallist Blessing Okagbare and Americans Curtis Mitchell and Briana Rollins are also named.

Jamaicans Kaliese Spencer, the silver medallist in the 400m in Sopot behind McCorory, World Championships 400m finalist Stephanie McPherson, the defending champion for the JII meet, World Championships 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, and relay gold medallist Nickel Ashmeade, who won the 200m race last year, ahead of Warren Weir, have also been listed as confirmed for the meeting.

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