Fraser-Pryce aiming for 200m top spot - Sprinter leads Jamaicans in Diamond League opener
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Two-time 100-metre Olympic champion and London 2012 200m silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she hopes to topple the likes of Allyson Felix and Veronica Campbell-Brown as the best 200m sprinters around - an effort that will be in motion at the first Diamond League meeting today in Doha.
Fraser-Pryce, who will be competing in the 200m, will lead six other Jamaicans into action at the season-opening Doha meet, which will be staged at the Hamad Bin Suhaim Stadium in Qatar.
The diminutive sprinter, who won the 200m at last weekend's Jamaica International Invitational (JII) in a time of 22.38 seconds - the second-fastest time by a female over the distance so far this year - will be joined in the event by two other Jamaicans: Sherone Simpson and Samantha Henry-Robinson.
Felix, the reigning Olympic champion along with world and two-time Olympic champion Campbell-Brown, have been the standard-bearers in the event over the past few years, winning every major championship since 2004, but Fraser-Pryce is looking to break up the duopoly.
"I did a 200m last week in Jamaica and I am looking forward to do a bit more of that this season. I'm still learning, and 200m is something I have been reluctant to try often, but it excites me to do the 200m.
"I want, one day, to become one of the best athletes in the 200m. For the moment, I have been doing pretty well and will be trying to do a little bit of both and balance it this season," revealed Fraser-Pryce, who will be running in the 100m in Shanghai on May 18.
Fraser-Pryce has a personal best (PB) of 22.09 seconds in the 200m.
Another trio of Jamaicans will line up in the men's 100m led by two-time Olympic relay gold medallist, Nesta Carter with Jacques Harvey and Jason Young.
Carter (10.03) was beaten into second at the JII by American Tyson Gay, who won in a time of 9.86, to be the only man to dip below 10 seconds in the event so far this season.
The Jamaicans will again come face to face with the Americans, this time in the form of Justin Gatlin and Michael Rodgers with the line-up also including St Kitts and Nevis' Kim Collins.
Olympic 400m silver medallist Shericka Williams will form part of a very competitive field in the one-lap event. Williams has run the quickest time of all her competitors down to compete with a PB of 49.32 seconds and has the third-fastest time in the field this season with a best of 50.34 seconds.
However, world leader and world champion Amantle Montsho will start as favourite with the likes of American Allyson Felix, who has not lost at this meet for 10 years; Francena McCorory; and Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion, Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain, who finished behind Jamaica's Stephanie McPherson in Kingston last weekend.
- Jamaican schedule
Women's 200m (11:38am)
Men's 100m (12:27pm)
Women's 400m (12:37pm)