Jeter, Fraser-Pryce face to face at Glasgow Diamond League

BY: Rosalind Amoh

Another Diamond League weekend, another time to thrill athletics fans.

Athletes gearing up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are stepping up their warm up with the Diamond League competitions.

Just a week after losing out at the Paris Meet, the top sprinters are back in action in Glasgow, the venue for the Commonwealth Games, for another Diamond League action.

Tomorrow's races could revive the rivalry among the top female sprinters as they come up against each in as many Diamond League events this season.

Glasgow, they will be facing off again in the 100m which will also have the impressive Ivorian, Murielle Ahoure and another Olympic champion, Carmelita Jeter also competing.

Carmelita Jeter, the second fastest woman of all time over 100m returns to the United Kingdom since winning a three medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

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The American, who won 4x100 gold, 100m silver and 200m bronze in Olympic Stadium is excited at the prospect of running in one of the best line-ups staged Glasgow.

The 34 year old in an interview said: “The Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will be one of the first meets of my outdoor season and I’m looking to put on a good show for the crowd in July. Even four weeks out, we have multiple Olympic and world champions confirmed for the event, which shows how high the standard will be and something which I will relish, being an athlete that thrives on the big stage. 

“With the standard of women’s sprinting improving all the time, I’ve got to have my eyes on all seven of the athletes that line up against me on the start line at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix.

With times of season best of 10.98 (Ahoure), 11.13 (Frser-Pryce), and 11.56 (Jeter), the ladies's event would end up with some thrills as the final of the 2012 London Games is replayed. In that final, Fraser-Pryce won gold, Jeter won silver and Ahoure won bronze. 

In the men's event, the world will be watching if the Jamaicans can finish ahead of the pack as Yohan Blake, making a progressive return from injury, faces his compatriot, Nesta Carter.

The Jamaican pair, both named in their country's Commonwealth Games team, will have to ward off the challenge from the veteran Kim Collins, the former World Champion from St Kitts and Neville as well as Great Britain's James Dasaolu and America's Michael Rodgers, all of whom have run a season best of under 10seconds.

The Jamaicans are have both recorded a  season best of 10.02 seconds even though Blake has a personal best of 9.69secs while Carter has 9.78.

Collins have a personal best of 9.91 but this season, his best has been 10.10. 

Dasaolu, also heading for the Commonwealth Games, has run 9.91 as his personal best and 10.03 as his season best.