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ATHLETICS: Kirani, Asafa, Fraser-Pryce among early Jamaica Invitational confirmations

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 1:21 AM
From left: Kirani James, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Asafa Powell. - File

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Its shaping up to be another exciting instalment of the IAAF World Challenge certified Jamaica International Invitational, with a host of heavyweights already confirmed for the meet, set for May 9 inside the National Stadium.




In the male sprints, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell is expected to face off with his American nemesis Justin Gatlin in the 100m with Nesta Carter also confirmed for the meet.



Perhaps the biggest draw so far on the male side is Grenadian Olympic champion Kirani James, the sixth fastest man in the history of the 400m.



James who has a personal best of 43.74, which he registered last season in Lausanne, is considered to be the best in the event along with American LaShawn Merritt. This will be his first time competing in Jamaica.



National record holders Hansle Parchment, who last season became the first Jamaican to dip below 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles (12.94) and Commonwealth Games champion O'Dayne Richards (shot put) are also already confirmed.



Multiple Olympic and world championships gold medallists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix along with Commonwealth Games double champion Blessing Okagbare will also feature at the meet, in what could be a blockbuster sprinting showdown.



Dominating 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, who stacked her trophy cabinet last season with Diamond Race, Commonwealth Games and Continental Cup wins along with a 400m silver medal indoors will compete, as will Diamond Race 400m winner Novlene Williams - Mills.



Commonwealth Games 400m champion Stephanie McPherson and 100m hurdling Star Dawn Harper are also confirmed.



This will be the 12th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational.



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