News - 21.08.2012

Birmingham: Fraser-Pryce to take on Jeter

Birmingham - Jamaica’s two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will take on the second fastest woman of all-time, and Olympic 100m silver medallist Carmelita Jeter, at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium on Sunday 26 August.

Fraser-Pryce became only the third woman in history to successfully defend the Olympic 100m title in London, running 10.75secs – just three hundredths of a second ahead of the American. But Jeter anchored the USA home to victory a few days later in the 4x100m relay, when she took home gold in a world record time of 40.82secs.

The pair both added further medals to their tally as Fraser-Pryce finished second with Jeter third in the 200m.

With the field in the UK’s final Samsung Diamond League meet of the year also containing Blessing Okagbare – a 100m finalist in London - as well as Bianca Knight, part of the USA’s gold medal winning 4x100m relay team, the women’s 100m is set to be one of the main attractions at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium on Sunday. Fraser-Pryce is certainly looking forward to it.

“I’m so happy to have won another Olympic gold medal in London. To have come back and defended my title means a lot to me. I had such a great time in the UK this summer so I’m looking forward to coming back for the Birmingham Diamond League.

“I’m sure it will be another tough race for the girls but I’m really excited about it. Women’s sprinting is in a good place at the moment.”

Despite losing to her in the Olympic final, Jeter holds a record of 11 wins to Fraser-Pryce’s 9 in head-to-head competition and defeated Faser-Pryce en route to winning the 100m at last year’s World Championships in Daegu, as well as over 100m at the Aviva London Grand Prix in July.

The 32-year-old American is excited about returning to Birmingham to race at the track where she competed over 200m at last year’s Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix.

“Birmingham has been like a home away from home for the US track team. Everybody is always so hospitable and they always give us a warm British welcome. It’s clear that they love their athletics over here so it will be great to repay the community at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix.

“I enjoyed running there last year in front of a full stadium, the crowd was really behind us all. Having spent so much time in the UK this summer, competing at the Diamond League meet on 26 August will be a great way to finish off our time here after the Olympic Games.”

The women’s 100m is scheduled for 15:30 on Sunday 26th August.

Back the team and watch the world’s best athletes in action at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on 26 August. Live coverage on BBC2 from 2-5pm.

 

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