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‘I love diamonds’, says Sanya Richards-Ross about desire for Diamond League trophy

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Sanya Richards-Ross celebrates after winning the women's 400 metres final at the Jamaica International Invitational meeting at the National Stadium on Saturday.

DOHA, Qatar:

Jamaica-born American quarter-miler, Sanya Richards-Ross, has won just about everything there is to win in the sport.

Four Olympic and five World Championships gold medals highlight a rich and distinguished career for the 30-year-old athlete. However, missing from her bounty is the Diamond League title, a trophy that she is hoping to add this season.

Currently in Qatar for her first appearance at the series opening Doha Diamond League, Richards-Ross will be facing a couple of the women that are expected to push her all the way to the end in that Diamond Race.

world-leading time

Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills, the defending champion in the event, and her compatriot, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, the Commonwealth champion, as well as World Indoor champion Francena McCorory, will all line up in the women's 400m at 12:34 p.m. Jamaica time tomorrow.

"I'd really like to win the Diamond League trophy this season," Richards-Ross laughed. "Everyone that follows me knows I love diamonds, so it's only right!"

With the sort of shape that she is in, who would bet against her?

Richards-Ross ran a world-leading 49.95 in winning the 400m at the Jamaica International Invitational last Saturday, beating all three of her rivals to the line, with McCorory taking second in 50.73 and McPherson third in 50.98.

The American is looking forward to another big showdown and is expecting a close race, especially from McCorory and Williams-Mills.

"Both Francene (McCorory) and Novlene (Williams-Mills) are excellent competitors and will push me. I hope for a fast race and an opportunity to lower the world's fastest time," said Richards-Ross.

"I am still motivated by my desire to leave a lasting legacy in the sport. I've been blessed to have a long career, so now I want to continue being my best and leaving my mark," added Richards-Ross.

"This is a big year for me," said the Olympic champion, looking forward to the World Championships in Beijing in August.

"I've been training really hard to win another World title. I'm looking forward to going back to the Bird's Nest!"

She added: "The start of my season has been great! I'm really happy with my runs in The Bahamas and Jamaica. I'm happy to be fit and healthy and I'm looking forward to a great race here."