News04 Feb 2015

Fraser-Pryce and Felix among early names confirmed for Kingston


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins in Kingston (© AFP / Getty Images)

Double world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic champion Allyson Felix are two of the many stars who have already signed up to compete in Kingston on 9 May at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meeting.

It has not yet been revealed which events they will contest in the Jamaican capital, but there is both a 100m and 200m for women on the schedule for the meeting. African and Commonwealth champion Blessing Okagbare is also confirmed to compete in Kingston so will likely be up against one of the Olympic sprint champions.

Aside from Olympic 100m champion Fraser-Pryce, many of Jamaica’s other top athletes will also be in action.

Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer will compete in the 400m flat where she’ll face fellow Diamond Race winner Novlene Williams-Mills and Commonwealth 400m champion Stephenie Ann McPherson.

The men’s and women’s sprint hurdles fields will be led respectively by Olympic bronze medallist and Jamaican record-holder Hansle Parchment and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson of the USA.

In the men’s 100m, world bronze medallist Nesta Carter will be up against world silver medallist Justin Gatlin and former world record-holder Asafa Powell.

The confirmed events for the meeting are the men’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 3000m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, pole vault, discus and shot, and the women’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, high jump and triple jump.

Organisers for the IAAF