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Diamond Debate | Jackson to show power in 400m

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Raymond Graham: "It looks like a Jamaican affair in the women's 400m with three Jamaicans looking to dominate the event in Paris.

Andre Lowe: "Jamaicans have always done well in this event and that's also the case in the Diamond League series. Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills are the island's best in the event and they are among the world's leaders. I am expecting the winner to come from this group."

Raymond Graham: "True. The field isn't that strong as the United States' Courtney Okolo, who has been disappointing this season, is the best among the others entered in this race with a time of 50.72 seconds, but she should finish behind the three Jamaicans."

Andre Lowe: "Williams-Mills and Jackson were a part of a thrilling finish at the National Championships last week and are both already showing good form this season. McPherson, the defending Diamond Race champion in the event, has a bye to the World Championships and didn't feature in that 400m final at the trials. She will be a little fresher, but still, it's not easy to call the winner in this one.

Raymond Graham: "I like the route Jackson has taken this year. I didn't expect her to win at the trials because she normally peaks later in the season. This suggests she is in fantastic form and sub-50 seconds looks likely for her here."

Andre Lowe: "Yes, she has impressed in her speed work this season and, of course, posted a personal best in the 200m, so she is quicker and should get some separation in the first phase of the race."

Raymond Graham: "She has shown that she is ready to go out hard and with her good endurance. She is ready to take on the world. Only one athlete stands in her way in London, and Saturday's race is a dress rehearsal."

Andre Lowe: "Well, I think she'll find the same two ladies who have been in front of her as her main rivals this season, but nobody in Paris will be able to keep up with her this weekend. McPherson has only gone 50.68 this season. I think she will go faster here. Jackson has already ran 50.05 seconds and Williams-Mills has a 50.14 run to her name. Jackson has the form and she will get the win."

Raymond Graham: "McPherson is biding her time and having a bye. She is in no rush and will peak when it matters. I expect her to finish ahead of Williams-Mills, but Jackson will win this one."