Diamond League records under threat in Shanghai

May 12, 2017
Elaine Thompson

 

Usain Bolt won't be in Shanghai tomorrow but he is one of three Jamaicans to hold records in the Chinese city's Diamond League meet.

Bolt's 200 metre mark should survive but the meet records held by Novlene Williams-Mills and Veronica Campbell-Brown will face stern scrutiny. In fact, Campbell-Brown's 100 metre meet record is almost sure to fall.

VCB edged the formidable American Carmelita Jeter in 10.92 seconds at the 2011 renewal. The accomplished Jamaican will be in the 100 metre field this time around just two days before her 35th birthday. Even though she has already run 11.06 seconds in 2017, the meeting between fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson and American Tori Bowie, the Olympic gold and silver medallists, should re-write the record. Thompson zipped 10.75 seconds, with the wind barely over the allowable limit, at the UTECH Classic last month.

 

World leading time

 

Bowie is also in good form, having run a world leading time of 22.09 seconds for the 200 metres on April 28.

Another Olympic 100 finalist, Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, rounds out the top end of a fine field.

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas is the top entrant in the women's 400 where Williams-Mills holds the meet record at 50.00 seconds.

Even if Jamaican held Shanghai Diamond League records are erased, balance may be restored by Omar McLeod. After an impressive season opening run in the 110 metre hurdles, the Olympic champion could well overtake the existing Shanghai record of 12.97 seconds which was established in 2012 by 2004 Olympic winner Liu Xiang. McLeod's 2017 best is 13.04.

Events featuring Jamaicans

Saturday morning

6:03 a.m. 400m hurdles Men - Annsert Whyte

6:34 a.m. 400m Women - Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Novlene Williams-Mills, Stephenie Ann McPherson

7:11 a.m. - 100m women - Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Christania Williams

7: 53 a.m. 110 metre hurdles - Omar McLeod

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