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Four Jamaicans in the women's 400m but ... - Nobody is beating Miller in Shanghai

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Shaunae Miller
Jamaica's World Championships gold medal quarter (left to right) Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Christine Day and Shericka Jackson will line up in the women's 400m.

Lowe: The women's 400m is always competitive and we have a very good field, which also features four Jamaicans lined up in Shanghai.

'KC' Graham: All four were, of course, members of Jamaica's winning 4x400m really team at the last World Championships.

Lowe: ... Plus, they were all individual finalists, too, with Shericka Jackson winning the bronze. Good memories. They face a tough field here, though, with the World Champs silver medal winner Shaunae Miller from The Bahamas and American Natasha Hastings also confirmed.

KC Graham: I don't think Hastings will be a threat to any of the Jamaicans. She has seen better days, for sure. However, I think they have their hands full with Miller, who is already in great form.

Lowe: World Champs medal and a recent engagement - good times for the Bahamian indeed. It will be interesting to see what Jackson does here, with Novlene Williams-Mills expected to carry the fight for the Jamaicans. Christine Day and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will also be looking for positive runs here.

KC Graham: Jackson has been low-key so far this season in the 400m, and I think the veteran Williams-Mills is the best Jamaican so far, but she will not trouble Miller, whose 49.69 is just outside her personal best of 49.67.

Lowe: I'll have to agree with you on that. Nobody is beating Miller this weekend. I do expect a brave run from Williams-Mills, and I expect McPherson to also improve her season best to below 51 seconds as well.

KC Graham: Miller was amazing in her 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational and with that form, I see her not only winning easily, but also running another sub-50 seconds clocking. McPherson, who had an average outing in Kingston, will do much better here and I am taking her to finish second.

Lowe: I'm sticking with Williams-Mills for second. She likes this track and won this event the last time it was contested here at the Shanghai Diamond League two years ago. Watch out for American Ashley Spencer, too.