Dacres on show in Paris
Eleven Jamaicans, led by top discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, will be in action at today's seventh stage of the lucrative Diamond League series in Paris.
Dacres who won at the Stockholm meet with a season's best 69.57 metres, will be hoping for another big win here in a bid to improve on his third place in the standings. He has 19 points and fans can expect another great battle among the top throwers including leader and reigning World champion Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania who is on 22 points, Christoph Harting, Piotr Malachowski and Daniel Stahl.
In the women's triple jump, both Shanieka Ricketts with a season's best 14.55 metres and Kimberly Williams with a best of 14.64 metres, will once again square off with leader Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia who has a season's best of 14.83 metres and Venezuela's, Yulimer Rojas. A lot of eyes will also be focused on new American sensation Toni Franklin who has a season's best 14.84 metres.
Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallists in the men's 110m hurdles, Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment, will be hoping to advance from the heats of their event to the finals later in the day. Levy showed good form during the recent JAAA National Championships and he will be hoping to improve on his season's best 13.16 seconds and in the process complete back to back success at the meet after winning the event last year. Russian Sergey Shubenkov with a season's best 12.99 seconds, along with Orlando Ortega of Spain and American Devon Allen are expected to be the main threats for the Jamaicans.
Following his disappointment at the National Championships, Yohan Blake will match strides with a quality field in the men's 100 metres. With a season's best of 10.00 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix, Blake will do battle with five athletes who have gone sub 10 seconds this season. They include Americans Michael Rodgers, 9.89, and Ronnie Baker, 9.90, home boy, Jimmy Vicaut 9.92, China's Bingtian Su, 9.91 and Arthur Cisse (9.94) of Cote d'Ivoire.
The other Jamaicans down to compete today are Stephenie Ann McPherson and Anastasia Le-Roy in the women's 400 metres, Natoya Goule in the 800 metres and Aisha Praught in the 3000m steeplechase.
Schedule for Jamaicans:
11:50 a.m: Women's Triple Jump
Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williamson
12:17 p.m: Men's 110m hurdles - Heat 1
12:26 p.m: Men's 110m hurdles - Heat 2
1:12 pm: Women's 3000m Steeplechase
1:26 pm: Men's discus throw
1:53 pm : Men's 110m hurdles final
2:03 pm: Women's 400m
Stephenie Ann McPherson, Anastasia Le-Roy
2:33 pm: Women's 200m
2:42 pm: Women's 800m
2:52 p.m: Men's 100m