Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce seeks new challenge in Manchester

Double Olympic 100m champion to compete at the BT Great CityGames Manchester for the first time on May 25

FRASER PRYCE,SHELLY-ANN (Mark Shearman)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be looking to build on her strong start to the season when she competes at the BT Great CityGames Manchester for the first time on May 25.

The 26-year-old, who became one of only three women to have ever retained the 100m title when she successfully defended it at last summer’s Olympic Games, stormed to 200m victory at last Friday’s Doha Diamond League. She will be hoping for more of the same when she takes to the streets of Manchester later this month when she is expected to attack the world 150m best performance down the elevated straight track on Deansgate in the city centre.

Carmelita Jeter achieved that 150m world best mark in September 2011 at the sister Great CityGames event on Tyneside. If successful in her attempt to better Jeter’s 16.50, Fraser-Pryce will add another Jamaican world 150m mark to the one her countryman Usain Bolt achieved when clocking 14.35 in the 2009 men’s race.

But first Fraser-Pryce will clash with Jeter over 100m at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on Saturday, ahead of the 150m dash in Manchester which will also see the likes of Great Britain’s former world junior gold medallist Jodie Williams in action.

The women’s 100m will be a domestic competition featuring Olympians Margaret Adeoye and Anyika Onuora plus fellow British internationals Asha Philip and Laura Turner.

Olympic gold medallists Greg Rutherford and Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, Paralympic gold medallist Alan Oliveira of Brazil and silver medallist Stef Reid have also already confirmed their attendance at the event which will see Paralympic stars compete for the first time. The unique format of the competition will allow spectators to experience the action, which takes place on an IAAF certified purpose built track and pop-up athletics arena in the city centre, for free.

» The event is free to spectate and no tickets are required. For further information visit www.greatcitygames.org

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