News12 Mar 2014

Fraser-Pryce the headline act for Kingston


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

Just days after making history as the first woman to win world titles in the 60m, 100m, 200m and 4x100m, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been revealed as one of a host of top athletes set to compete in Kingston on May 3 at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meeting.

Last weekend, Fraser-Pryce won 60m gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, speeding to a world-leading 6.98, the fastest time in the world for four years.

It was her fourth world title within a seven-month period, following the gold medals she won in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last year.

In 2013, Fraser-Pryce kick-started her summer campaign with victory at the Jamaica International Invitational, winning the 200m in 22.38. She returned to the same track the following month for the Jamaican Championships, where she ran a world-leading 22.13.

Fraser-Pryce, who holds the Jamaican all-comers’ 100m record with her 10.70 national record, has not yet announced which event she will run in Kingston, but after winning the 2013 IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award last year, she told the press that she aims to run more 200m races in 2014.

The world and Olympic champion will be joined in the Jamaican capital by Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix, double world medallist Blessing Okagbare, Olympic 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross, world 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins and world indoor 400m champion Francena McCorory.

Fraser-Pryce’s training partners Kaliese Spencer and Stephenie McPherson – who both took silver as part of the Jamaican 4x400m team at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot last weekend – are also set to compete.

On the men’s side, world 400m champion LaShawn Merritt is one of the star attractions, along with world 200m bronze medallist Curtis Mitchell, 2012 world indoor silver medallist Nesta Carter and world 100m and 200m finalist Nickel Ashmeade.