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Jamaican trio ready for 200m final

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Gold medal favourite, Elaine Thompson, carries Jamaica’s biggest chance of winning top honours.

A trio of Jamaican women will aim to  give the nation a clean sweep of the 200m sprints when they go for gold in the  IAAF World Championship 200m final this morning at 8 o'clock.

Gold medal favourite, Elaine Thompson, carries Jamaica’s biggest chance of winning top honours as she has shown excellent form in these championships comfortably winning both her heat and semi-final races.

Thompson, who will run out of lane five will be sandwiched by the rising star, Dina Asher-Smith and 2015 World Championships 100m silver medallist, Dafne Schippers.

The Jamaican who is appearing in her first World Championship is excited about running in her first final.

"I am excited! It's of course, my first World Championships individual 200m appearance. It's been a good experience, and all I've been doing is following my coach's instructions to advance to the final," she said.

Decorated former World and Olympic champion in the 200m, Veronica Campbell-Brown(VCB), has been having a less-than-stellar season and will want to use this final to improve her fortunes.

The goal of the 21.74-second runner may be to  repeat her past form when she became World Champion in the event four years ago in Ostrava.

VCB will run in lane two in the 200m final.

She qualified as a fastest loser after placing third in her semi-final heat behind Asher-Smith and Tarmoh.

Seasoned campaigner, Sherone Simpson,  will also want to  get on the medal podium.

Simpson, who has steadily improved all season, has performed creditably in the 200m so far, finishing strongly behind Schippers in her semi-final to  secure her spot in the finals.