Saturday 24 October, 2020

Jamaica predicted to win 13 medals in Doha

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica celebrates her victory in the women's 100m at the recent Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica celebrates her victory in the women's 100m at the recent Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

With another three days to go before the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar respected United States online publication has predicted Jamaica to win 13 medals.

The latest predictions are three more than the total the publication had for Jamaica last month when it predicted gold medals to double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Interestingly, did not pick Fraser-Pryce for a gold medal in its new predictions after stating that the 32-year-old would beat Thompson in the 100m.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce powers home ahead of Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith in the Diamond League 100 metres in Lausanne.

Both Fraser-Pryce and Thompson have posted 10.73 seconds this season, the fastest times in the world going into the World Championships.

The pair posted the identical times on June 21 at the National Trials when Thompson got the better of Fraser-Pryce. still foresees a one-two finish for Jamaica in the women's 100m. Thompson is predicted to win the gold medal over Fraser-Pryce and Briton Dina Asher-Smith, who beat Fraser-Pryce for the Diamond League title in Brussels on September 6.

Asher-Smith is now predicted to relegate the Jamaicans to second and third in the women's 200m after Thompson was given the verdict in last month's predictions.

Jamaica's Danielle Williams, left, beats American Kendra Harrison to win the women's 100m hurdles  Diamond League title in Brussels on Friday, September 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco).

Danielle Williams who was picked for the silver medal behind American Kendra Harrison in the women's 100m hurdles in August is now favoured to win gold.

Based on form, the Jamaican will head to Doha as one of the favourites in her event after she created a big upset to win the title four years ago.

A false start in the 100m hurdles final at the Jamaican Trials meant she faced the prospect of missing the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha altogether. But as the season gained momentum, so did Williams and over the past couple of months, she has produced the four fastest time of her career.

At the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, she ran a PB of 12.41 in her heat and followed it with a national record of 12.32 to win the final, moving to seventh on the world all-time list. She notched up two more IAAF Diamond League victories, winning in Birmingham and at the final in Zurich, clocking 12.46 on both occasions.

More significantly, though, she defeated Harrison both times.

Apart from Thompson, Fraser-Pryce, and Williams, has predicted five other individual medals for Jamaica. Those should come from Omar McLeod (silver), Fedrick Dacres (silver), Tajay Gayle (bronze), Shericka Jackson (bronze) and Shanieka Ricketts (bronze).


1. Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)
2. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)

3. Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain)

1. Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain)
2. Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)
3. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)

1. Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas)
2. Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain)
3. Shericka Jackson (Jamaica)

1. Danielle Williams (Jamaica)
2. Kendra Harrison (USA)
3. Tobi Amusan (Nigeria)

1. Germany
2. United States
3. Jamaica

1. United States
2. Jamaica
3. Poland

1. Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela)
2. Caterine Ibargüen (Colombia)
3. Shanieka Ricketts (Jamaica)


1. Orlando Ortega (Spain)
2. Omar McLeod (Jamaica)
3. Daniel Roberts (USA)

1. United States
2. Jamaica
3. Botswana

1. Juan Miguel Echevarría (Cuba)
2. Luvo Manyonga (South Africa)
3. Tajay Gayle (Jamaica)

1. Daniel Ståhl (Sweden)
2. Fedrick Dacres (Jamaica)
3. Andrius Gudžius (Lithuania)


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