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Okagbare, Jamaican Rivals Look To Reign Supreme

Oladipo Okubanjo

Africa’s fastest, Blessing Okagbare, and two of Jamaica’s greatest ever women sprinters are among a glittering array of world and Olympic track and field champions set to shine at the this year’s edition of the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on May 17, the event organisers announced.

World 200m and long jump medallist, Okagbare, will take on Olympic gold medallist and triple world champion Fraser-Pryce and her compatriot Campbell-Brown in a mouth-watering 100m clash at the second meeting on this year’s IAAF Diamond League calendar.

The women’s 100m will be just one of many highlights in a meeting packed with world and Olympic medallists, including at least six Olympic and six reigning world champions. Okagbare produced a dazzling double at this meeting 12 months ago when she won the long jump and 200m, and the multi-talented Nigerian will be looking for maximum points again to kick off this summer’s campaign ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

Campbell-Brown, the Olympic 200m champion in 2004 and 2008, won the season-long Diamond Race over 100m last year and will be keen to get her 2015 season off to a flying start against Fraser-Pryce, who won three sprint titles at the Moscow 2013 World Championships and took a prized 100m victory at this meeting two years ago.

Fraser-Pryce will want to get back to winning ways after she was forced to withdraw from last season’s 200m race.

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