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Williams-Darling to close season at Shanghai Grand Prix

16 September 2005

Bahamian World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling will close off her 2005 outdoor season this weekend at the 2005 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, China's first-ever IAAF-sanctioned meeting.

Williams Darling, who was recently overtaken by Jamaican-born American sprinter Sanya Richards in the latest IAAF women's 400m Event Ranking, will face American world no.3 ranked Monique Hennagan and Svetlana Pospelova of Russia, who is ranked at no.5 in the event.

Apart from Williams Darling, the Caribbean will also be represented by Chandra Sturrup, also from the Bahamas, compatriot Christine Amertil, as well as Jamaica's Christopher Williams.

Sturrup, the world's best performer in the women 100m with a time of 10.84, will start joint favourite with world champion Lauryn Williams of USA in that event. Olympic champion Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus has had some good late season runs and she will be one to watch out for. American champion Me'Lisa Barber, and former World champion Zhanna Block of Ukraine are also good contenders.

Amertil and Williams will face strong competitions when they face the starter in the women's and men's 200m. Williams, a former world silver medallist has Americans Tyson Gay and John Capel to battle with, while Amertil will come up against World champion Allyson Felix of USA and Russia's Yuliya Gushchina.

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