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Herculean clash!

Shelly, Miller-Uibo chase redemption in 200m showdown

Published:Friday | July 9, 2021 | 12:10 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
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National sprint double champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and ace Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo are set for a monster clash in the women’s 200 metres at the Herculis leg of the Wanda Diamond League Series in Monaco. Both number among the main...

National sprint double champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and ace Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo are set for a monster clash in the women’s 200 metres at the Herculis leg of the Wanda Diamond League Series in Monaco.

Both number among the main title contenders for the Olympic Games in Tokyo which begins near month-end, which has added increased interest to their showdown for indicators of a medal winner.

They will be seeking instant redemption after suffering a loss in their last event, Fraser-Pryce over 100 metres and Miller-Uibo in the half-lap event.

Fraser-Pryce (10.82 seconds) finished in the runner-up spot behind countrywoman Elaine Thompson Herah, who scorched a brisk 10.71 at the 11th Istvan Gyulai Memorial Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix meeting on Tuesday.

She is a fierce competitor, who gave a reminder of her appetite for success in a July 1, 2021 tweet, saying: “Remember this: commitment is everything; today’s failure prepares you for tomorrow’s success. There’s no failure in progress, so keep going and push through.#pryceless #mommyrocket.”

Miller-Uibo, in the meantime, also suffered defeat in Hungary, placing second over 200 metres in 22.15 seconds after being beaten by Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, who powered to victory in 21.96 seconds.

The 400 metres Olympic champion in 2016, who won with the famous dive to beat American Allyson Felix at the tape, Miller-Uibo just announced that she will be doing the 200-400m double in Tokyo. Her career best is 21.74, recorded back in 2019.

However, she will have to improve her game in the 200 metres to stand a chance against the effervescent 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce in Monaco.

A FAVOURITE

The Jamaican, a 100m specialist who has been in winning form all season, recorded a season best 21.79 seconds when winning the Jamaican national title and will be favoured to get the better of Miller-Uibo, who has a season best 22.03.

Interestingly, world leader Gabby Thomas of the United States, who was slated to add much spark to the 200m following her lifetime best 21.61 seconds this year, will not face the starter.

In her absence, the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare will add quality and class to the event.

A number of other Jamaican athletes will be looking to sharpen their preparation as they chase success in their respective events.

The ever-improving, many-time national champion, Natoya Goule, will be looking to secure a win and reverse the fortunes in her pet 800m event when she battles Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza, who registered a close win over the Jamaican in Stockholm last Sunday.

Three of the country’s medal hopefuls in field events will also be in action as Shanieka Ricketts and Kimberly Williams are down to compete in the women’s triple jump, while Tajay Gayle will contest the men’s long jump.

Gayle, the World champion, will be seeking back-to-back wins in his pet event, following success in Stockholm where he leapt 8.55 metres to win on his final attempt. He will come face to face with world leader Miltiafis Tentoglou of Greece, who recorded 8.60m earlier this season.

Ricketts, the Doha World Championships silver medallist, and Williams, who was a finalist in the event, will face World champion and world number one, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, the only athlete in the field to go over 14 metres, with a leap of 15.43m.

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TODAY’S SCHEDULE

12:05 p.m.: Women Triple jump – Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams

1:18 p.m.: Women’s 800m – Natoya Goule

1:43 p.m.: Women’s 200m – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

1:50p.m.: Men’s Long jump – Tajay Gayle

Social Media mention

“Remember this: commitment is everything; today’s failure prepares you for tomorrow’s success. There’s no failure in progress, so keep going and push through.#pryceless #mommyrocket.

– @ShellyAnnFraserPryce