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Kaliese Spencer leads Jamaicans in Oslo

PAUL A REID OBSERVER WRITER

Wednesday, June 11, 2014    

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WORLD-LEADING women's 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer will lead a small Jamaican contingent at today's Oslo Diamond League meeting.

Seven Jamaicans, including two male sprint hurdlers -- Hansle Parchment and Andrew Riley -- will compete at the fifth stop on the 14-meet IAAF track and field circuit.

Triple world record holder Usain Bolt was originally scheduled to open his season at the meet, but withdrew late last week citing an injury that has not healed as well as he had hoped.

Spencer, the three-time Diamond League champion, has the two top times in the world so far, running 54.29 seconds in Eugene, Oregon on May 31, then lowering that time to 53.97 seconds in Rome on JuneShevon Stoddart will join her today as they go up against Kemi Adekoya, who had run a personal best 54.59 seconds to win at the opening Diamond league meeting in Doha, Qatar. Also, in the race are Russia Natalya Antyukh and the Americans Tiffany Williams and Kori Carter.

Parchment, the Olympic bronze medallist, will renew rivalries with the French runner Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the Diamond League and world leader.

Parchment's season's best 13.14 seconds is a hundredth of a second off the Frenchman's season's best.

The American pair of Ryan Wilson and Jason Richardson, the only man in the field who has run under 13.00 seconds, as well as Riley, will also be seeking Diamond points.

Diamond League leader Novlene Williams-Mills, who has two of the top three times in the world so far this year with a season's best 50.26 seconds, will be seeking her third straight Diamond League win this season after wins in Shanghai, China and Rome, Italy.

Patricia Hall will also line up alongside Williams-Mills as well as former World Champions Amantle Monstsho and American Natasha Hastings.

The veteran Aleen Bailey will also be in action and will contest the 100m.

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