Pushing the speed limit in Paris
Triple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she will be focusing on execution as she looks to post a fast time in the 100 metres at today's Meeting Areva IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris.
Fraser-Pryce will take the track at the Stade de France as the favourite but must be mindful of young American English Gardener, who shares the 10.79 world lead with the Jamaican, with the likes of Blessing Okagbare, Murielle Ahoure and Dafne Schippers also expected to test the two-time Olympic champion.
" ... I focus on executing. Once I execute as I am supposed to, I know that I will run a very good time. My personal best is 10.70 so going below that would be fantastic for me and if it comes tomorrow then 'Yea Me', but the focus right now is to execute, compete aggressively and explosively and get it done tomorrow," Fraser-Pryce said yesterday.
Fraser-Pryce's training partner - Natasha Morrison - is also entered to compete in this event and will be hoping for further improvements having posted a personal-best 11.03 in her last outing at the National Championships.
Eight other Jamaicans are down to compete including former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who seems to be revelling in the spotlight in the absence of Usain Bolt. Powell will headline the men's 100m where another Jamaican, Nesta Carter, will be looking to bounce back after finishing outside the top three at the national trials. American Mike Rodgers and homeboy Jimmy Vicaut will also line up in this event.
Janieve Russell competed at her first Diamond League meet a few weeks ago in Rome and though the event was not a Diamond Race event at that meet, the young World Championships-bound MVP charge would have gained invaluable confidence as she gets ready to line up against the talented Georganne Moline and defending world champion Zuzana Hejnova in what should be a valuable yard stick for the youngster.
Rusheen McDonald and Edino Steele will have their hands full trying to keep up with Olympic champion and 400m standard bearer Kirani James in the one lap event, which also includes US champion David Verburg, Jonathan Borlee and Wayde van Niekerk, who all rank in the top 10 this year.
National champion Javon Francis did not travel to Paris after his team decided to pull him from the meet, afraid that he may risk injury after his travel arrangements had him arriving in Paris too close to competition time.
Kimberly Williams faces a loaded group in the women's triple jump, with world champion Caterine Ibarguen determined to continue her dominance, while Jason Morgan, the man responsible for the best throw this year, 68.19m, will look to get one over the rest of the field in the men's discus event.
World Championships finalist Damar Forbes will compete in the men's long jump against a field that includes Aleksandr Menkov, Fabrice Lapierre and Michael Hartfield, who are all in decent form this season.
Men's Long Jump (11:25am)
Men's Shot Put (11:35am)
Women's 400m Hurdles (1:05pm)
Women's Triple Jump (1:12pm)
Men's 400m (1:16pm)
Women's 100m (1:52pm)
Men's 100m (2:52pm)