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The Diamond League and its Jamaican jewels: Thompson, Powell and Simmonds

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Elaine Thompson of Jamaica reacts as she wins the gold medal in the Women's 200m Final on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

by Jordan Forte, AIPS Young Reporter, Jamaica

DOHA, May 1, 2017 - With eight-time Olympic champion and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt not in the lineup, Olympic double sprint gold medalist Elaine Thompson will lead Jamaica’s hopes into The Doha Diamond League next Friday.

 

Thompson and Dafne Schippers will resume what is fast becoming one of the fiercest rivalries in world sprinting, when they clash over 200 meters. They met twice in the Diamond League over the half lap event last year, with Schippers getting the win on both occasions.

 

 

The Dutch athlete had also beaten Thompson in 2015 at the World Championships in Beijing, clocking the 4th fastest 200 metre time in history of 21.63 seconds.

 

However, Thompson got the ultimate prize, defeating Schippers to win gold at the Olympic Games in Rio.

 

Thompson has already shown great form this season, including clocking a slightly wind aided 10.75 seconds in Kingston in April, following up on her personal best 60 meters’ indoor performance of 6.98 seconds in February.

 

Tough competitors

 

Former world’s fastest man Asafa Powell will also be in action but he will have tough competition as he is expected to face a pair of Olympic double silver medalists in Justin Gatlin from the United States and Andre De Grasse from Canada.

 

 

Olympian Femi Ogunode of Qatar is also expected to be in the lineup along with 2003 world champion, 41-year-old Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis.

 

Another Jamaican Olympian, Megan Simmonds, is also expected to be in action in the women’s sprint hurdles.

 

 

Simmonds, who got to the semifinal also of the Olympic Games in Rio last year has a personal best of 12.79 seconds and has already run 12.83 in Kingston in April this year.

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