Big stars ready to impress at JIIM
The National Stadium will be buzzing with excitement this afternoon as several of the world's leading track and field athletes will display their talent when they compete at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet.
Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will highlight the meet when she lines up in the women's 200 metres at 9:25 pm.
Thompson has shown herself to be a notch above all sprinters in the world and has started her season in commanding fashion. Following a world best of 10.78 seconds in the 100m and, Thompson could very well improve on her season best of 22.19 seconds over 200m done in Doha, where she easily defeated main rival Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands.
World and Olympic 400m bronze medallist, Shericka Jackson, will also line up in the 200m and it will be interesting to see if she can lower her personal best of 22.57 seconds done a few weeks ago on the same track.
Natasha Hasting with a season best of 50.74 seconds will lead the USA's charge in the 400m, while veteran Novlene Williams-Mills, who always runs well on local soil, will lead the Jamaicans. After a slow start where she finished down the track at the Shanghai Diamond League, Stephenie-Ann McPherson will be gunning to make amends.
Another big run
The women's 100m will see the American, Allison Felix stepping down from her usual 200m/400m tandem, with local stars like Natasha Morrison, Kerron Stewart and Gayon Evens all looking to talk her scalp.
Jasmine Stowers looks set for another big run in the sprint hurdles, where she is favoured to win following the withdrawal of world record holder Kendra Harrison. World champion Danielle Williams will be hoping to get back on track following last year's disappointment of missing the Olympic team.
Canadian Andre De Grasse, the Olympic Games 100 metres bronze medallist and 200 metres silver medallist will compete in his first 200m of the season at 9:15 p.m. LaShawn Merritt, the fastest man in the world last year with 19.74 seconds is expected to have a big run here with locals Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir carrying the Jamaican flag.
Yohan Blake will be hoping to make up for his disappointment in the men's 100m following a small mishap at the Utech Classics where his blocks slipped and he finished at the back of the field but will find American Mike Rodgers in his way.