Thompson, Fraser-Pryce, McLeod to compete in Stanford on Sunday
Elaine Thompson (left) moves away from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 200m at the Jamaican trial on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the National Stadium. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod are among eight Jamaicans invited to compete at the Prefontaine Classic, the seventh meeting of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, which will take place in Stanford on Sunday.
Fresh from setting world U20 records of 10.75 and 22.17 at the NCAA Championships, USA’s Sha-Carri Richardson will make her professional debut in Stanford. The 19-year-old lines up in the women’s 100m and will face the resurgent two-time Olympic gold medallist Fraser-Pryce, who clocked 10.73 at the recent Jamaican trials.
USA’s world champion Tori Bowie, US champion Aleia Hobbs and double world silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou are also in the line-up.
The men's 100m will feature Jamaican Tyquendo Tracey. The 21-year-old Tracey faces a tough field. Christian Coleman, who ran 9.86 in Shanghai and improved it with a world-leading 9.85 in Oslo, headlines field. The field also includes world champion Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, European champion Zharnel Hughes, Italian record-holder Filippo Tortu and recent University of Oregon graduate Cravon Gillespie.
The women’s 200m is also stacked. Thompson, Jamaica’s double Olympic champion and world leader, who last week won the Jamaican 100m and 200m titles in 10.73 and 22.00, goes up against double European champion Dina Asher Smith, who convincingly beat Thompson in Stockholm, two-time world champion Dafne Schippers, and world 400m No.1 Salwa Eid Naser.
Omar McLeod, the reigning Olympic and world champion, takes on Orlando Ortega in the men’s 110m hurdles. The field also includes two other Jamaican, national champion and Commonwealth Games champion Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment.
The other Jamaicans down to compete are Danniel Thomas-Dodd in the women's shot put and Natoya Goule in the women's 800m.