Another classic battle in the on-going Jamaica vs USA saga for sprint dominance is in the making on June 1 in the women’s 100m at the 39th Pre-Fontaine Classic at Hayward Field in the United States.
Since the 2007 World Games, there have been a total of 15 Olympic or World Championships medals awarded in the women’s 100m, 9 have been won by Jamaicans and 5 by Americans with Jamaica holding a commanding 4-1 lead in gold medals.
The women’s 100m field at this Diamond League series event is scheduled to include all the 2012 Olympic medallists and will have every 100 metres gold medallist since 2007—as well as every 200 gold medal winner since 2004 in the field.
2-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce heads the Jamaican trio along with the London Olympic bronze medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown and Olympic sprint relay silver medallist Kerron Stewart.
The top ranked sprinter Carmelita Jeter leads the American team which has Olympic 200m gold medal winner Allyson Felix and Tianna Bartoletta, formerly Tianna Madison, who ran the lead off leg on the American gold medal sprint relay team at the Olympics last year.
The two remaining lanes will have Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, both were in the finals at the Olympics.
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