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JM | Apr 29, 2021

Fraser-Pryce to clash with upstart American Richardson in May

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. (Photo: World Athletics)

In what could be a preview of what to expect at the Olympic Games this summer, two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 2016 double sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah will go head to head, to head with rising star Sha’Carri Richardson over 100m at Müller Grand Prix in Gateshead, the first Wanda Diamond League meeting this year on May 23.

Also in the line-up is reigning European sprint champion Dina Asher-Smith, the 2019 World Championship 100m silver medalist.

Sha’Carri Richardson (Photo: World Athletics)

The world has been waiting for a clash between Fraser-Pryce, who will be going for an unprecedented third Olympic 100m gold medal this summer, and the upstart American, who opened her outdoor season with a world-leading 10.72s at the Miramar South Florida Invitational on April 10.

Fraser-Pryce, meanwhile, has only run two 200m races this season which she won – 23.19 at the Velocity Fest 8 meet at the National Stadium in Kingston on March 20 and a season-best 22.66 at Velocity Fest 9 at the same venue on April 17.

Elaine Thompson-Herah (Photo: WorldAthletics.org)

Thompson-Herah was fourth in the 200m in Miramar in 22.44 but won the 100m at Velocity Fest 9 in 11.21.

Asher-Smith, the British record-holder, who won the world 200m title in Doha in 2019, has not raced since a couple of indoor 60m races in Germany in January.

The first Wanda Diamond League event of 2021 was due to take place in Rabat but has been moved to Gateshead due to the coronavirus pandemic. It means Gateshead International Stadium will be staging its first international grand prix meeting since 2010.

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