Jamaican Olympic Stars For IAAF Diamond League – Paris

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Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. (Hayden Roger Celestin/ NAN File image)
News Americas, PARIS, France, Fri. May 21, 2013: Jamaica’s top female Olympian, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is set to race in Paris on July 6th as part of the IAAF Diamond League meet.

Fraser-Pryce, the double Olympic 100m champion who will have the 100m meet record of 10.88 in her sights, will be making her Areva debut.

She joins fellow Jamaican and world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the meet.

Fraser-Pryce, who owns the fastest time in the world so far this year with her 10.93 clocking in Shanghai, will be up against Murielle Ahoure, Ivet Lalova and Myriam Soumare. Ivory Coast record-holder Ahoure defeated Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix in Rome, but was then handed a surprise defeat of her own in Oslo the following week as Lalova triumphed in 11.04.

Veronica Campbell-Brown

The participation of Fraser-Pryce comes as two-time Olympic 200 meter champion and fellow Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

Campbell-Brown reportedly had traces of a banned diuretic, which is used as a masking agent, in a sample she provided to testers at the International Invitational World Challenge on May 4th.

“Suffice it to say, while not accepting guilt of willfully taking a banned substance, she wholeheartedly apologizes to her family, Jamaica, her sponsors, the governing body, the world athletics family, her supporters as well as those she worked with in various non-athletic causes for any embarrassment and or hurt this devastating news has caused,” the runner said through her management. “She remains an ardent believer in the purity of competition, the beauty of the sport and resolute in the fact that unearned suffering has redemptive qualities.”

If found guilty, Campbell-Brown could face a two-year ban.

Rest of 2013 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 26-27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep