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Torri Edwards - ready for anyone, anywhere, anytime

10 July 2007

American sprinter Torri Edwards, who is set to clash with Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell in the women’s 100-metre dash at the Lausanne Super Grand Prix event in Switzerland on Tuesday, said she is confident in her current form and is ready to meet anyone anywhere.

Ready for the clashes

“I don’t fear anybody because I am ready to line up against any athlete,” a confident Edwards told the media on Monday. “Weather will not affect my race tomorrow (today). I don’t care about it.”

The 2003 World champion is the second fastest this season behind Campbell with a time of 10.90. She won the 100m in Athens after Campbell’s technical mistake and she is expecting the same result in Lausanne.

“My motivation is to run as fast as I can,” Edwards said. “I feel in top form. I worked very hard this year.

“Paris was a very good race although I felt jet-lagged. I expect to run very fast on the very fast track in Osaka in August,” she added.

Looking to bounce back

Meanwhile, after a mishap with the blocks forced her to stop during the first few steps in Athens, Olympic 200m champion Campbell is also confident in running fast on Tuesday.

Following her injuries last year she returns with some world-class performances this year and is ready to put Athens hiccups behind her.

“I ran 10.89 at the Jamaican Championships and I hope to run faster,” Campbell said during the meeting conference on Monday.

“I feel great. It’s my first time in Lausanne. I have heard many things about this meeting.”

She is advertised by many as the ideal 200m specialist, but Campbell said she enjoys running the 100m as well and added that she really does not have a preference.

“I feel more confident over 100 metres because I tried this distance more frequently. But I have no preference between 100 and 200 metres,” she said.

“It depends on the level of my preparation. I tried 400 metres once indoors but it was not a good experience. I started very fast in the first 200 metres and I felt the lactic in the final part of the race.”

Atkins growing in confidence

Another sprinter to look out for in the 100m is Bahamas 100 metres record holder Derrick Atkins, who clocked 9.95 to set the new mark in Athens.

Atkins will line up as the favourite again in Lausanne after coming off a confident win in his last meeting at the Paris Golden League last Friday.

In the absence of Asafa Powell, who won the opening Golden League in Oslo, the 100 metre second meeting of the series went to the Bahamian in 10.00 and he hopes to continue going fast, despite the weather forecast not expecting to be favourable for sprinting.

“I train in North Dakota near Canada and I am used to training in cold weather conditions. Weather is not a problem for me,” he said.

“I will be focused on executing my own race (in Lausanne). Every meet I compete in is a stepping stone towards accomplishing my goal in Osaka.”

“It’s nice to come here and to have the privilege to compete in Lausanne. I come from my win in Paris.

“It meant a lot for me although I was a bit disappointed by the time. But it was important to win against the best sprinters in the world. I enjoyed the atmosphere in the Stade de France.”

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