Jamaica's big three set to clash over 100m at Diamond League meet in Lausanne, August 26

By August 14, 2022
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson are set to clash in Lausanne, August 26. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson are set to clash in Lausanne, August 26.

Could Shely-Ann Fraser Pryce's meet record of 10.60 be on borrowed time when three of the four fastest women in the world this year line up for the 100m at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on August 26?

Newly minted five-time world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has run under 10.70, a record-extending six times this season, including a world-leading 10.62 in Monaco on Wednesday, has been confirmed for the meet.

Mommy Rocket is the first woman to run under 10.70, a record six times in the same season and has eight times under 10.70 overall. In her last six finals, the 35-year-old Jamaican has run 10.67 (Nairobi), 10.67 (Paris), 10.67 (Oregon), 10.66 (Silesia), 10.67 (Hungary) and 10.62 (Monaco).

With the prospect of a two-week break from competition in which she is expected to get take some well-needed rest after running 10.6 three times in a week, Fraser-Pryce will be aiming to extend that record even further to seven when she lines up in Switzerland, where she will face compatriot Shericka Jackson, who ran a lifetime best of 10.71 in Monaco.

Jackson, the 200m world champion and the fastest woman alive over the distance, has said she has not run her best 100m so far this season and will be looking to improve on that time that saw her finish second to Fraser-Pryce.

Also confirmed for the blue-riband clash is the 2020 Tokyo Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, the fastest woman alive courtesy of the blistering 10.54 she ran in Oregon in August 2021 after establishing a new Olympic record of 10.61 while winning gold in Tokyo two weeks earlier.

Admittedly, the double-double Olympic champion has not been at her best this season but she enters the meet coming off a confidence-boosting sprint double at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, where she ran 10.95 to win the 100m title and a season-best 22.02 to claim the 200m crown.

The 30-year-old Thompson-Herah ran 10.79 in Oregon in May, which made her the third fastest woman in the world this year until last Wednesday when Marie Jose Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast eclipsed that time when she was third in Monaco in a lifetime best of 10.72, a time that makes her the fastest African woman in history.

Fraser-Pryce, Jackson and Thompson-Herah swept the medals at the Tokyo Olympics and again at the World Championships in Oregon in July.

Olympic champion Hansle Parchment gets another crack at two-time world champion Grant Holloway in the 110m hurdles. In Monaco, Holloway ran a season-best to defeat Parchment, who was third in a season-best 13.08.

 

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