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Jamaican sprinters lead Caribbean charge in Daegu meeting

25 September 2008

MVP sprinters Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, two of the stars on the Jamaican world record breaking sprint relay team in Beijing, lead a host of Caribbean athletes, down to close their season at the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships meeting in Korea on Thursday.


Frater, a finallist at the Olympics and Carter will both line up in the men's 100-metres dash against American Rodney Martin, who joins the Jamaicans as the only sub-10 seconds runners in the field.


Great Britain's Olympic semi-finallist Tyrone Edgar and Zimbabwe's Brian Dzingai are the other top runners in the line up.


Bahamian veterans Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup will clash with a solid field for the women's title. Americans Torri Edwards, who has run 10.78sec this year, former world champion Lauryn Williams and Carmelita Jeter, a bronze medallist in the 100m at the worlds last year, head the list of competitors down to compete.


A strong Caribbean contingent is also scheduled to contest in both the men's and women's half-lap races.


On the men's side, Antigua's Brendan Christian, who suffered a shake up in his form following the Olympics, seeks to finish off his season on a high when he runs alongside Jamaican former world silver medallist Chris Williams and Dzingai for some bragging rights.


In the women's category, Olympic 400m silver medallist Shericka Williams of Jamaica steps down in distance once again this season to race against Ferguson-Mckenzie, Cayman Islands' Cdonie Mothersill and American Carmelita Jeter, a bronze medallist in the 100m at the worlds last year.


Elsewhere, former Olympic silver medal winner Danny McFarlane and Belize's Jonathan Williams will contest the men's 400m hurdles with American Bershawn Jackson and South Africa's L.J. van Zyl, while Commonwealth Games champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton will start quickest in the women's 100m hurdles.


In field event competition, Bahamian Leevan Sands will take part in the men's Triple Jump competition.


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