Gold medallists go on diamond hunt
FOLLOWING her double sprint success at the Rio Games in Brazil last week, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson will be the star attraction at today's Athletissima Lausanne Diamond League Meet in Switzerland where she will compete in the women's 100 metres.
The field will include two other Jamaicans in Olympic 100m finalist Christania Williams, and Veronica Campbell-Brown along with the United States' Jenna Prandini and Olympic Games fourth-place finisher, Marie Josee Ta Lou of Cote d'Ivoire.
Thompson looks set to take over the lead in the event as she is on second spot on 20 points, two behind leader Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands.
The athlete's coach, Stephen Francis, was cautious about her performance today.
"I do not know if there is any expectation as usually these races are different from the ones immediately after major Championships and we will see what happens," said Francis.
Despite not a strong field, Francis was asked if there was enough motivation for Thompson to run a fast time.
"I do not know the full line-up here, but she will do the best she can depends on how she feels," he said.
Seven other Jamaicans compete here today.
They are Kimberly Williams in the women's triple jump, Asafa Powell in the men's 100m, Megan Simmonds in the women's 100m hurdles, Omar McLeod in the men's 110m hurdles, and Julian Forte in the men's 200m.
12:40 p.m.: Kimberly Williams (Women's Triple jump)
1:26 p.m.: Asafa Powell, Omar McLeod - Men's 100m
1:44 p.m.: Megan Simmonds - Women's 100m Hurdles
2:16 p.m.: Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell Brown, Christania Williams - Women's 100m
2:34 p.m.: Omar McLeod - Men's 110m Hurdles
2:52 p.m.: Julian Forte - Men's 200m