DOHA, Qatar (Sporting Alert) – Reigning World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will open her IAAF Diamond League campaign on Friday when she races over the short dash at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix.
Live streaming of the meet will be broadcast on Universal Sports will also have live streaming coverage starting at 12 noon ET., as well as on the BBC Red Button channel.
Fraser-Pryce, who won the 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston, last week, will lineup against a strong field that also includes Nigerian star Blessing Okagbare, who was the winner in this event in Kingston.
The lineup will also see Jamaican Kerron Stewart and Carrie Russell, as well as American English Gardner facing the starter’s gun.
In the men’s sprint, with world record holder Usain Bolt still not ready to compete, his training partner and fellow Jamaican Warren Weir, a world silver medallist and Olympic bronze medallist in the 200 metres, will take on a modest field in the half-lap.
Joining the Glen Mills coached sprinter will be Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica, American Curtis Mitchell and Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina.
In the men’s 400m, world champion LaShawn Merritt of USA will look to avenge his defeat to Luguelín Santos of the Dominican Republic from the Jamaica International Invitational, when the pair do battle again in Doha.
Ethiopian world champion Mohammed Aman tops a men’s 800m field that also includes Andrew Osagie of Great Britain and South African Andre Olivier.
The women’s race sees Cuban world-leader Rose Mary Almanza leading the way, with American Chanelle Price, Kenyan former world champion Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei and Jennifer Meadows of Great Britain also in the field.
Elsewhere, South African Zarck Visser heads the men’s long jump field, along with USA’s Christian Taylor, USA’s David Oliver looks for success in the men’s 110m hurdles, Valerie Adams of New Zealand will again look to dominate the women’s Shot Put, while the women’s 400m hurdles includes Americans Dalilah Muhammad and bronze medallist Lashinda Demus and Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica.