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Fully loaded! Fraser-Pryce takes on sprint double at Olympics

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, July 10, 2012    

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HAVING set the National Stadium alight in winning the sprint double at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Championships last month, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will tackle both events in London in a matter of weeks.

The Olympic 100m champion heads a list of 49 athletes named yesterday to represent the nation in four sporting disciplines at the Olympics Games which begin on July 27.

The 'Pocket Rocket' clocked a national record 10.70 seconds to erase her previous mark of 10.73 to win the 100 at the June Olympic Trials, then returned to post a personal best 22.10 seconds to win the 200m. The athletics competition at the Games is slated for August 3-12.

Not surprisingly, reigning world 100m men's champion Yohan Blake, who also doubled at last month's Trials, will do likewise in London, as will triple gold medallist Usain Bolt.

Fraser-Pryce is one of 23 female athletes named, with double 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown -- who is seeking a third half-lap title and her first over 100m -- also included.

Defending champion Melaine Walker heads the list of female 400m hurdlers, alongside Kaliese Spencer and Nickeisha Wilson, with Novlene Williams-Mills, Rosemarie Whyte and Christine Day down for the individual 400m and Shericka Williams, Shereefa Lloyd, and Dominique Blake part of the mile relay squad.

Olympic 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart will line up in the short dash as well as in the sprint relay, while Sherone Simpson will compete in the 200m and will be part of the 4x100m relay squad alongside Samantha Henry-Robinson and Schillonie Calvert.

Kenia Sinclair (800m); Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Shermaine Williams, and Latoya Greaves (100m hurdles); Allison Randall (discus); Korine Hinds (3000m Steeplechase), and Kimberly Williams and Trecia Smith in the triple jump complete the Women's line-up.

On the Men's side, Asafa Powell will be hunting his first individual 100m medal, while Michael Frater, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nesta Carter will form part of Jamaica's defence of its 4x100m title.

Hansle Parchment, Andrew Riley and Richard Phillips (110m hurdles); Jermaine Gonzales, Dane Hyatt and Rusheen McDonald in the 400m; Errol Nolan, Riker Hylton and Edino Steele in the 4x400m; Roxroy Cato, Josef Robertson and Leford Green in the 400m hurdles; Dorian Scott (shot put); first-timers Traves Smikle and Jason Morgan in the discus; Warren Weir in the 200m and Damar Forbes in the long jump complete the Men's squad.

Jamaica will be represented at the Olympics for the first time in Taekwondo by Kenneth Edwards. That competition runs August 8-11, while swimmer Alia Atkinson competes in the 100m breaststroke. This sport takes place July 28 to August 4.

Equestrian Samantha Albert, who is based in the United Kingdom, will be the first Jamaican to bow into action when she takes her mount Carraigh Dubh through the eventing competition at Greenwich from July 28 to August 1.

The team of officials will be headed by chef-de-mission Don Anderson, with Compton Rodney as his deputy.

Merlene Hamilton (female manager); Ludlow Watts (athletics team manager) and Donald Quarrie (athletics technical manager); Maurice Wilson, Maurice Westney, Bert Cameron and Fitz Coleman (coaches); Dr Warren Blake (chief medical officer); Dr Pramainand Singh, and Winston Dawes (medical officers); Karen Julius and Michelle Depass (physiotherapists); Everald Edwards, Gavin James, Colin Turner and Patrick Watson (masseurs); Anthony Pasmore (equestrian team manager); Gladstone Bernard (taekwondo manager); Martin Lyn (swim team manager) and Christopher Anderson (swim coach) complete the list of officials.

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