Shelly seeks to rebound
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Last year's triple world gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is hoping to build on her last performance as she takes on a strong field in the 100-metres and world leader Kaliese Spencer goes up against the returning 2013 400-metre hurdles world champion Zuzana Hejnova at the Herculis Inter-national Athletics meeting in Monaco today.
Nickel Ashmeade also competes today against a strong 200m field that includes his countryman Rasheed Dwyer; Justin Gatlin, the fasMtest man in the world this year in the 100m and Tyson Gay, who is running his second meet for the season since his drug suspension ended in June.
Recovering from injury
Fraser-Pryce who has been struggling through a season in which she has been recovering from injury will be hoping to improve on her second-place finish to Trinidad's Michelle Lee Ahye (11.01) in Glasgow last week. She will be matching speed with the likes of Blessing Okagbare, Murielle Ahoure, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Allyson Felix and new sprinting sensation Tori Bowie.
"Coming back is not easy," Fraser-Pryce said at the pre-meet press conference yesterday. "I have been trying to get over the injury, but I have not been able to work consistently in the last two or three months. Running 11.10 in Glasgow last weekend felt really good. But now I want to build on that."
Spencer, whose 53.41 is the fastest time in the world this year, will be looking to make the return of Hejnova as uncomfortable as possible. The latter returns from injury and is making her season debut. However, Spencer will have to be wary of American Kori Carter whose season best 53.84 makes her a real threat.
Ashmeade will be tested over 200m by a confident Gatlin who has been unbeaten in the shorter sprint all season and has six of the seven fastest times in the world this year. Warren Weir, the third Jamaican who was down to compete, has withdrawn and said on social networks yesterday that he will next compete at the Common-wealth Games in Glasgow.
Schedule for Jamaica athletes
11:35 a.m: Women's Triple jump - Kimberly Williams
1:03 p.m: Women's 400m hurdles - Kaliese Spencer
1:45 p.m: Women's 100m - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown
2:15 p.m: Men's 110m hurdles - Andrew Riley
2:35 p.m: Men's 200m: Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer