Three of the world’s fastest 200m women – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Gabby Thomas – are set for a massive showdown Herculis Diamond League on 9 July.
Jamaica’s world 100m champion Fraser-Pryce was on fire at the Jamaica Olympic Trials, winning the sprint double in 10.71 and 21.79. It was the first time Fraser-Pryce was breaking 22 seconds.
Bahamian reigning Olympic 400m champion Miller-Uibo, ranked No. 8 globally with a season’s best of 22.03s, is a tough competitor. She opted against defending her title at Toyko Olympic Games for the 200m.
She has a personal best of 21.74s from 2019. Miller-Uibo has gone under 22-seconds four times already in her career.
Thomas, the 2021 U.S. Olympic trials winner, is currently the fastest woman 200m runner alive. She ran a stunning 21.61 to win the event in Eugene. Her time, however, is the second-fastest, according to the World Athletics website, only behind world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner with 21.34.
Meanwhile, 2013 world bronze medallist Okagbare of Nigeria is also down to run. She has a career-best of 22.04s in the event, set in 2018.
Dina Asher-Smith, Elaine Thompson and Shericka Jackson are the other big names missing. Jackson ran a personal best 21.82 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials while Thompson-Herah, the Rio Olympic sprint double champion, crossed the line in 22.02. Asher-Smith is the world 200m champion.