Crack field for women’s 100m at Prefontaine Classic
All eyes will be on the women's 100 metres event at this weekend Prefontaine Diamond League Classics in Eugene, Oregon, as it will showcase some of the fastest women ever in the event.
Included in the field is Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, the world leader and surprise package in women's sprinting so far this season.
Thompson, who is coached by sprint guru, Stephen Francis - the man behind the success of two-time Olympic and defending 100 metres World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will face her biggest challenge ever as she will be up against athletes who have made their mark in this event over the years.
The list includes Fraser-Pryce, Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, Murielle Ahoure of Cote d'Ivoire, Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle Lee Ahye, along with the United States trio of Carmelita Jeter, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie.
new personal best
Thompson won at the NCB Intercollegiate Championships with her first sub-11 seconds, stopping the clock at 10.97 seconds. At the Jamaica International Invitational (JII), she improved her personal best to 10.92 seconds to win ahead of 2013 World Championships silver medallist Okagbare. And last weekend, she recorded a personal best 22.37 seconds in the 200 metres.
The race will be Fraser-Pryce's second 100m this season and the 'Pocket Rocket'. She had a quiet season last year.
However, in 2013, Fraser-Pryce posted 10.71, 10,72 and 10.77 seconds, the three fastest times in the world and will want to prove that she is still the number one female sprinter.
After going down to Thompson at the JII meet, Okagbare will be hoping for revenge. At the Shanghai Diamond League meet, she turned back a strong field
to win in a season best 10.98
Bowie was the fastest female a year ago, after clocking 10.80 seconds in Monaco. The American placed second behind Okagbare in Shanghai.
Former World champion Jeter is yet to show her form of previous years, while Bartoletta, along with Ahoure and Lee Ahye, should make this a humdinger.
If conditions are right, we could witness the entire field going under 11 seconds.