Offbeat Blake, Shelly-Ann seek redemption

...Strong Jamaican presence at Glasgow Diamond League meeting

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Friday, July 11, 2014

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THE men's 100m featuring three Jamaicans, including former IAAF Wold Championships gold medallist Yohan Blake, will be one of the feature events on today's first day of the two-day Glasgow Diamond League meeting at Hampden Park, a warm-up for the Commonwealth Games starting later this month.

The event usually held in London, was shifted to the Scottish city this year due to work being done at the stadium that was used for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A number of Jamaicans, including several who are on the team to represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games, are down to take part.

Triple World Championship gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will contest the 100m tomorrow.

Today, Blake, who appears to be less than 100 per cent fit after missing all of last season with injuries, will line up alongside compatriots Nickel Ashmeade, the new national senior champion, and IAAF World Championships bronze medallist Nesta Carter. Also down to compete is Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson, the second fastest man in the world so far this year.

American Mike Rodgers is also expected to feature.

Kemar Bailey-Cole and Kimmari Roach will contest the men's B 100m race.

Olympic Games and World Championships medallist Warren Weir will contest the men's 200m and will hope to shake off a second-place finish to Canadian Aaron Brown in Edmonton last Sunday.

He will face formidable competition, however, as he faces Panama's in-form Alonso Edward, Americans Wallace Spearmon and Curtis Mitchell and Jamaican Jason Livermore.

Novlene Williams-Mills, who lost for the first time in four Diamond League races in France a week ago, will hope to rebound to winning ways when she lines up in the 400m alongside her improving countrywoman Stephenie-Ann McPherson.

The USA's Sanya Richards-Ross, who won in France, will also be in the race as well as Botswana's Amantle Montsho.

Roxroy Cato, the new national senior champion, will fly the Jamaican flag in the men's 400m hurdles, while Shevon Stoddart and Nickiesha Wilson will compete in the women's race.




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