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Shelly-Ann ready to complete sprint double

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after receiving her gold medal at the 2013 World Athletics Championships 100m gold at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium yesterday. - Photos by Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

MOSCOW, Russia:

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she is bubbling with confidence after her commanding victory in the 100m on Monday night as she looks to underline her status as the world's best female sprinter with the start of her 200m campaign today at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Also today, Kimberly Williams and Nickiesha Wilson will be looking to add to Jamaica's three-medal tally (two gold, one bronze) so far during these championships being staged at the Luzhniki Stadium when they line up in the women's triple jump and 400m hurdles finals, respectively, later today.

Long jumper Damar Forbes also ensured another Jamaican finalist, booking a spot in the long jump, which gets started tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. It's his first shot in the final at a major championships after previous attempts at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and last year's Olympic Games in London, England.

On Monday, Fraser-Pryce had no company to the line, winning her second 100m World title in 10.71 seconds, a time and margin that have the MVP standout champing at the bit ahead of today's half-lap heats and semi-finals.

"Well, if anything, that win certainly gave me some extra confidence," said Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic silver medallist in the event.

andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com