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Thompson to defend 60m title at Queen's meet

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 1:00 AMRaymond Graham
Elaine Thompson

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will start her 2017 campaign tomorrow at the National Stadium when she competes in the Women's Invitational 60 metres at the 16th staging of the Queen's-Grace Jackson meet.

Thompson, the defending champion for the event, won last year in 7.18 seconds. She will be among more than 2,000 athletes that will be in action where the first event, the boys' Class Three 400 metres will get under way at 8:30 a.m.

World Under-20 400 metres champion Tiffany James of Mico University College will open her account in the women's open 800 metres.

 

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

 

Meet director Olive McNaughton expects another excellent meet.

"I am very pleased with the support so far as some 147 teams comprising over 2,000 athletes are down to compete and I expect more as last night was the deadline for entries," said McNaughton.

The men's and women's Invitational 60m will highlight the meet. On the men's side, Julian Forte, Andrew Fisher and defending champion Oshane Bailey are expected to fight out the finish.

A week ago at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet at G.C. Foster College, Fisher showed great form when he won the event in 6.53 to equal Kim Collins' one year old record.