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London 2017 | Down to nine medals in London

Published:Saturday | July 29, 2017 | 7:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Ronald Levy

TRACK AND Field news, the respected US publication, has lowered its predicted Jamaica medal haul from next month's World Championships in London. The new predicted total is nine, down from 11, with gold medals to be won by Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson, Omar McLeod, and the men's 4x100 metre team. Dated July 27, this set of predictions follows an earlier list published on July 3.

The big change is the absence of reigning world champion Danielle Williams from the magazine's prognosis on the 100-metres hurdles. On July 2, she was picked for the silver medal. Now, world record-holding American Kendra Harrison, former world and Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia, and Olympic runner-up are seen as the top three in London.

The other change comes in the men's 110 metre hurdles. On July 2, TRACK AND FIELD NEWS picked newcomer Ronald Levy of the University of Technology to follow McLeod home. Now, McLeod is set to have company on the podium from reigning world champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russia and world record holder Aries Merritt of the United States.