No London run for Russell
Leading Jamaican hurdler Janieve Russell will not be competing at the London Diamond League as she was expected to, but she does have until August 8 to prove her fitness ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Russell was not listed to compete at the meet - which she was expecting to use to prove her fitness ahead of the Olympics, after she received a medical exemption from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) following an injury in the build-up to the National Senior Championships.
Each country will have to submit the final declaration of entries before August 8, as outlined by Olympics regulations.
The MVP Track Club, had indicated to the JAAA that Russell would be competing at the London Diamond League with that meet designated as her opportunity to show that she had recovered sufficiently from her setback.
President of the MVP Track Club Bruce James had confirmed this information and yesterday, told STAR Sports that the University of Technology student will not run at the London Diamond League this week and that she will compete and prove her fitness elsewhere.
Russell, the top Jamaican athlete in the women's 400m hurdles and a strong contender for a podium spot in Rio, is listed as the third fastest in the event this year.
The athlete is among four selected for the women's 400m by the JAAA. Only three will eventually be selected to take the track in Rio.
Russell is by far the best Jamaican in the event this season with her personal best time of 53.96 only bettered by Americans Dalilah Muhammad with 52.88 and Shamier Little, 53.51.