André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Seventeen World Cham-pions, including Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will make their first appearances since their all-conquering performances at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow earlier this month, when they line up at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meet today.
Bolt and Fraser-Pryce romped to triple gold medals in Moscow, winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays and are heavily favoured to continue to dominate.
Bolt will be joined by world 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, and relay gold medallists Kemar-Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade, along with silver medallist USA's Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers, in a race that will feature six of the eight finalists from Moscow.
The last time Bolt faced Gatlin on the circuit, at the Rome Diamond League, it was the American who came away with the win, and the Diamond race leader will be looking to once again get the better of the double Olympic champion and World record holder.
200m World champion Fraser-Pryce will renew her rivalry with silver medallist Murielle Ahoure, with American Jeneba Tarmoh also expected to push the pair to a fast finish. Fraser-Pryce (22.13) is the fastest woman over the distance this year, with Ahoure next best with 22.24.
DRY SPELL FOR SPENCER
Kaliese Spencer has not had a great year and is yet to win on the circuit. She will find it difficult to break that streak here with World champion and Zuzana Hejnova, who is unbeaten this year, favoured to underscore her dominance with another win. Also set to face the starter is World Championships silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad.
Three Jamaicans - World Championships finalist Kerron Stewart, sprint relay gold medallist Carrie Russell and Natasha Morrison - are down to compete in the pre-programme 100m, with the top spots expected to be shared between them.
A Jamaican team is also entered for the 4x100m Zurich Trophy and will come up against the likes of the Unites States, Germany, Great Britain and Ukraine.
Schedule for Jamaicans
Women's 100m (pre-programme) - 12:49pm
Women's 400m Hurdles - 1:05 p.m.
Women's 200m - 1:44 p.m.
Men's 100m - 2:28pm
Women's 4x100m Zurich Trophy - 2:50 p.m.