Triple 2013 World Championships gold medallists Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will aim to close out the season in grand fashion, as they lead 12 other Jamaicans into action at
today’s 14th and final Diamond League meeting for the season to be staged in Brussels, Belgium.
Both athletes took gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at Worlds and will line up in the shorter sprint today.
Meanwhile, world 200m silver medallist Warren Weir will close out another impressive season with the US$40,000 cash prize and Diamond Race trophy having topped the standings in the event after the series of meets.
Bolt will renew his rival with World Championships 100m silver medallist, Justin Gatlin. The American got the better of Bolt for the first time in June but the world record holder Bolt was dominate in Moscow to win comfortably.
Bolt will be joined in the race by fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole, who he teamed up with to win the sprint relay. Carter who also won his first individual World Championships medal when he took bronze in the 100m, comes into the race with a SB of 9.87.
Bailey-Cole was also a finalist in the 100m at Worlds and established a new PB this season of 9.93 and should be high on confidence after finishing ahead of Gatlin at the IAAF World Challenge track and field meet in Zagreb on Tuesday. Bailey-Cole ran 9.99 for second behind American Mike Rodgers (9.97), who will also line up in today’s race.
Fraser-Pryce has an unassailable lead in the points standing for her event and is guaranteed a diamond trophy and a cash prize. She will be the only medallist from the Worlds 100m final in the field.
The race will also feature Jamaicans Kerron Stewart and Carrie Russell, who along with Fraser-Pryce and Schillonie Calvert formed the country’s winning 4x100m relay team at Worlds.
Russell last week joined the elite sub-11 second group after establishing a new PB of 10.98, which she did to win at the Zurich IAAF Diamond League meeting.
Weir, who lowered his PB this year to 19.79, will be joined in the 200m by his compatriot and the next fastest man in the field this season Nickel Ashmeade. The Worlds 4x100m gold medallist has a SB in the 200m of 20.00 flat.
2011 World University Games 200m gold medallist, Rasheed Dwyer, will also face the starter in the race having ran a new PB this season of 20.15
Schedule for Jamaicans
Women’s 100m (1:15 p.m.)
Men’s 200m (1:20 p.m.)
Men’s 100m (1:45 p.m.)
Women’s 400m (1:55 p.m.)
Men’s 400m (2:50 p.m.)
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