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Fraser-Pryce, Carter to open at Queen's/Grace Jackson meet

Published:Wednesday | January 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM

OLYMPIC Games gold medallists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Nesta Carter are among a slew of top class athletes who will open their 2015 track and field season at this Saturday's Queen's/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.

The meet has become a customary season-opener for members of the MVP Track and Field Club, of which Fraser-Pryce, the reigning world champion over 100m and 200m, and Carter, the World Championships and Olympic Games 4x100m gold medallist, are a part.

This year's meet honourees are MVP Track Club president, Bruce James, and Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles gold medallist, Kaliese Spencer, and 200m winner, Rasheed Dwyer. James has also served as a meet director for the Queen's/Grace Jackson event.

This is considered a special year in athletics, as Fraser-Pryce is expected to defend her world titles at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China in August.

Fraser-Pryce won her first global title at the 2008 Olympic Games at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing.

Events to be contested include the 400m for male and female Classes One, Two and Three and male and female Open; 800m Open for male and females; 70m hurdles, and 80m hurdles; 100m hurdles for Classes One and Two female and 110m hurdles for males Class One; 200m for male and female Classes One, Two and Three and 200m for females Class Four; 4x400m open for male and female, as well as the triple jump, high jump, shot put and javelin for males and females Under-18 and Under-20, and the long jump for Class Three male, and female and long jump for Class Four females.