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Fraser-Pryce, MVP arrive in Rio

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 8:00 PM
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Linx Hotel in Brazil today.

Andre Lowe, Special  Projects Editor -Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Flag-bearer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce arrived, as scheduled at Jamaica's pre-Olympics camp on Monday night along with other members of the MVP Track Club.

The group, which also includes Elaine Thompson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Megan Simmonds, Shericka Jackson, Julian Forte and Simoya Campbell arrived at the Linx Hotel along with head coach Stephen Francis and other members of the group's support team.

O'Dayne Richards and Rusheen McDonald had arrived a day earlier.

Fraser-Pryce arrives in Rio de Janeiro with one of the biggest profiles among track and field athletes at the Olympic Game and will be looking to set history and successfully defend her 100m titles won at the Beijing and London Olympics in 2008 and 2012.

She will face stablemate Thompson, who is looking to build on last year's World Championships 200m silver medal with an assault on the sprint double gold medal with top Jamaican 400m hurdler Russell and quarter-miler Stephenie-Ann McPherson leading the medal charge.

According to the JAAA, Thompson and Russell, who received medical exemptions from the National Championships, will be looking to prove their fitness to the JAAA over the coming days and before the outlined August 8 deadline.

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IN PHOTO: Elaine Thompson