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Jamaican athletes trickle into Rio, Fraser-Pryce among missing few #RioGoldRush

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 9:04 PM
A groundsman cleans up outside the Linx Hotel where the Jamaican Olympic team is staying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports

Fourteen athletes including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time defending 100m champion are expected to arrive at Jamaica’s training base at the Linx Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil soon

Fraser-Pryce, who was yesterday selected to carry Jamaica’s flag at the Opening Ceremony on Friday will arrive to the Brazilian city with the rest of her MVP Track Club members between the Sunday night and Monday night.

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"We have 14 athletes still to arrive of the 59 on the team. By Monday we should pretty much have most of them in with one or two still to come after that,” athletics team manager Ludlow Watts confirmed to The Gleaner.

Double sprint medal hopeful Elaine Thompson, top 400m hurdler Janeive Russell, quarter-milers Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, shot put man O’Dayne Richards, young sprinter Christania Williams, 800m athlete Simoya Campbell, sprint hurdler Megan Simmonds, Julian Forte and Rusheen McDonald are all expected to join the group as well.

Fifty-nine track and field athletes including 32 women and 27 men, were named to Jamaica’s team for Rio 2016, with the island sending its largest ever contingent to an Olympic Games with 63 representatives.

The island will be represented in athletics, swimming and diving with a historic first time qualifier in gymnastics as well.