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Shelly-Ann returns at Paris Diamond League meet

Saturday, July 05, 2014    

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World Championships double sprint gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping for a winning return to the track today when she takes part in the 200m at the Meeting Areva, the IAAF Paris Diamond League event.

Eight Jamaicans will take part in the meet that follows closely behind Lausanne, Switzerland, two days ago. National champions Nickel Ashmeade and Novlene Williams Mills are also down to take part.

Fraser-Pryce had taken time off from a number of events, including last weekend's JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials to rest what is believed to be a leg injury.

She also finished at the back of the field in two events before pulling out of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in New York.

Today's event will give her the first chance to test her fitness after she and triple world record holder Usain Bolt were named on Thursday in the Jamaican track and field team to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland later this month.

Simone Facey will also contest the 200m and they will go up against American world leader Tori Bowie, Olympic champion Allyson Felix, as well as Nigerian World Championships medallist Blessing Okagbare and Bahamian Anthonique Strachan.

Ashmeade, who sat out the 200m at the Jamaican Championships after winning the 100m, will line up in the short sprint today along with compatriots Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nesta Carter, who is returning after withdrawing from the National Senior Championships with a cramp in the semi-finals.

Trinidad's Richard Thompson, who saw his world leading 9.82 seconds overtaken by American Justin Gatlin on Thursday, will start favourite in this race that will also see American Mike Rodgers and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre.

Williams-Mills, who appears to be rounding into her best form after running a season's best 50.05 seconds to win her eighth Jamaican Senior title on Sunday, will be tested by second ranked American Sanya Richards-Ross.

Stephenie McPherson, who was third in the Jamaican Championships and who is working her way back from an injury, will line up as well as Botswana's former World Champion Amantle Montsho.

Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment will carry the Jamaican flag into the men's 110m hurdles where he will face the red hot Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who ran a personal best 13.06 seconds two days ago in Lausanne.

World Champion David Oliver and two other top Americans Jason Richardson and Ryan Wilson will make the event one of the best, at least on paper, on the schedule.

— Paul Reid

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