Bank on McPherson in Birmingham
IT has been a very busy season so far for Jamaica's Stephenie Ann McPherson in the 400 metres as she has competed in all the Diamond League meets so far to go along with her season debut in Jamaica at the Jamaica International Invitational.
She will again face the starter in a Diamond League event when she competes in Birmingham tomorrow.
McPherson, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, is yet to
finish in front this season despite being the top Jamaican so far in the event. After being third in three consecutive meets, she went one place better at the Rome Diamond League in midweek where she ran on strongly in the end but could not get by American Francena McCorory. The Jamaican, however, posted her second-best time this season of 50.53 seconds after posting a season-best 50.40 days earlier for a third place finish in Eugene, Oregon.
With Americans McCorory and Sanya Richard-Ross, the only athletes to have beaten her so far this season not competing tomorrow, the Jamaican looks set to go all the way this time around and score four valuable Diamond League points.
McPherson will be the highest ranked athlete in the event as no other athlete in the line-up has gone under 51 seconds this season.
Brazilian Gisa Aparecida Coutinho with a season-best 51.43 is the next best ranked athlete in the event. Jamaica's Christine Day with a season best of 51.53 has been finding the going very tough so far this season and after finishing seventh in midweek in Rome will be hoping for her best result this season in what is considered a relatively weak field.