Bolt leads world's best into Diamond League action
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Triple world-record holder, Usain Bolt, will lead a large contingent of 2012 Olympic medallists into action in the two-day Diamond League meet, which marks the one-year anniversary of last year's Olympic Games in London.
A total of 17 Jamaicans are slated to compete at the Sainsburys Anniversary Games inside London's Olympic Stadium, as those who will be journeying to next month's World Championships in Moscow seek to make a final assessment of where they are in their preparations.
Bolt will bring the curtain down on both days with the men's 100m set to be the last event today and the men's 4X100m closing the show tomorrow.
With the trio of reigning World 100m champion, Yohan Blake, American record-holder Tyson Gay and former world-record holder, Asafa Powell all out of the World Championships, new challengers have to be sought for Bolt.
The one man expected to challenge Bolt is American Justin Gatlin, but he will be missing from today's meet. Present, however, will be two men who have gone faster than Bolt so far this year - his countryman Nesta Carter and Britain's new sensation, James Dasolu.
With Gay set to be out at least for the rest of the season after failing a drug test, Nesta Carter is the fastest active runner with a season best of 9.87 seconds, while Dasolu this year, becomes the second-fastest Brit of all time, with his 9.91 mark.
The 9.58 world-record holder, Bolt, has had a modest start to the season with his 9.94 seconds and he will certainly be looking to lower this time.
Bolt will team up with his Racers Track Club teammates tomorrow, as they tackle the likes of Great Britain, France and Canada in the men's 4x100m relay.
Arguably, the most competitive race of the meet promises to be the women's 100m, which will be contested tomorrow with two heats slated to be run prior to the final. Two-time reigning Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will seek to get a psychological advantage over world leader, Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste.
Baptiste's season-best time of 10.83 is her only sub-11 clocking so far this season, while Fraser-Pryce SB stands at 10.92.
The race will also feature world champion Carmelita Jeter, 10.95, United States national champion English Gardner (10.85), and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare.
The other Jamaicans in the race will be Kerron Stewart, who has a season's best of 10.96 seconds, and Schillonie Calvert (11.07).
Today's men's 200m will feature two Jamaicans in Olympic silver medallist Warren Weir and Jason Young, who are the only two in the field to have gone below 20 seconds so far this season.
Weir established a new personal best this season of 19.79, which he did to win at the national trials in June, while Young went as fast as 19.86 last season.
They are expected to face strong challenges from Churandy Martina (20.01) of The Netherlands, France's Christophe Lemaitre (20.07) and America's Wallace Spearmon (20.10).
Schedule for races featuring J'cans
2:04 p.m.: Women's 400m hurdles: Ristananna Tracey and Kaliese Spencer
2:31 p.m.: Women's triple jump: Kimberly Williams
2:46 p.m.: Men's 200m: Warren Weir and Jason Young
3:48 p.m.: Men's 100m: Usain Bolt and Nesta Carter
8:11 a.m.: Women's 100m hurdles: Shermaine Williams
8:22 a.m.: Men's 110m hurdles heat: Dwight Thomas
8:44 a.m.: Women's 100m heat: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart and Schillonie Calvert
9:05 a.m.: Men's 400m hurdles: Leford Green
9:27 a.m.: Women's 200m: Anneisha McLaughlin
9:55 a.m.: Women's 400m: Christine Day and Rosemarie Whyte
10:07 a.m.: Men's 110m hurdles final
10:20 a.m.: Women's 100m final
10:50 a.m.: Men's 4X100m: Racer's Track Club - Bolt