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Shelly Ann for Doha

Fraser-Pryce opens Diamond League season in 100m today

— Paul Reid

Friday, May 09, 2014    

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Jamaica's World Championships and Olympic Games 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will open her season in the short sprint when she competes at the season opening IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar today.

Fresh from her first outdoor race, winning the 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium on Saturday, Fraser Pryce who told a press conference yesterday she would be concentrating on the longer sprint this season.

Meanwhile, nine other Jamaicans will be taking part in the first of 14 Diamond League meetings that will end in September in Brussells.

Fraser-Pryce won easily in Kingston a week ago, but will go up against a strong field that will include Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare who won the 100m in Kingston in 11.19 seconds.

The American pair of English Gardner and Alexandria Anderson as well as two Jamaicans Kerron Stewart and Carrie Russell will also add depth to the field.

World Championships silver medallist Warren Weir, who ran the 100m in Kingston, will open his 200m campaign today and will take on American Curtis Mitchell, The Netherlands' Churandy Martina. Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and local-based Rasheed Dwyer, who won the 200m in Kingston last week, are also down to take part.

Former Diamond League champion Kaliese Spencer will open her season in the 400m hurdles season opener and will face American Lashinda Demus.

Edino Steele is the only Jamaican in the men's 400m and he will face a tough field led by Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic and American World Champion LaShawn Merritt, both of whom battled to the wire in Kingston on Saturday. Another American Tony McQuay will also line up in the race.

World Indoor triple jump bronze medallist Kimberly Williams will make her first outdoor appearance and faces the usual strong line-up, which includies four of the top five from last year's World Championships in Moscow and led by gold medallist Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia.

Olha Saladukha of the Ukraine and Cuba's Mable Gay are also expected to take part.

Damar Forbes will fly the Jamaican flag in the men's long jump after opening his season with 7.93m in Kingston last week.

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