Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce pulls out of Manchester event due to hamstring injury
A highly anticipated clash between double Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix has had to be put on hold, with the Jamaican sprinter forced to withdraw from Saturday’s BT Great CityGames Manchester due to a hamstring injury.
The pair were due to split the difference and go head-to-head over 150m at the pop-up athletics event in the city centre.
A statement from event organisers Nova International read: ”Unfortunately [Felix's] clash with two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been cancelled after the Jamaican superstar was forced to withdraw at short notice with a hamstring injury, after aggravating it at last Saturday’s Diamond League fixture in Shanghai.”
It will be the third time that 27-year-old Felix, who arrives in Manchester following her 200m victory in Beijing on Tuesday,will compete at the street meeting and she admits she is looking forward to taking to the track at the venue where she set the world 200m best performance on a straight track in 2011.
“We’re a little bit excited about this over 150m on the streets of Manchester,” tweeted Felix from the Chinese capital where she raced unchallenged to the second fastest 200m time in the world this year of 22.36. She will form part of a field which also includes Great Britain’s former world junior 100m champion Jodie Williams and Olympian Anyika Onuoro, while the men’s race will see Europe’s number one sprinter Christophe Lemaitre of France up against the likes of Britain’s Dwain Chambers and fellow London Olympian James Ellington.
» The event is free to spectate and no tickets are required. For further information visit www.greatcitygames.org and lookout for an in-depth event preview on athleticsweekly.com soon