Thompson among Jamaicans in action on opening day of IAAF World Cup

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will be among Jamaicans that will compete on Saturday's opening day of the inaugural IAAF World Cup of Athletics in London, England. Thompson will contest the women's 100 metres and will also join multiple Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Jonielle Smith in the women's sprint relay.

Triple jumper Jordan Scott will be the first Jamaican to step into competition in the inaugural event, which also includes athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States, Poland, Germany, France and South Africa. National champion Ronald Levy will carry the nation's medal hopes in the 110 hurdles while Jahnoy Thompson will contest the men's 200 metres.

National champion Fedrick Dacres will seek to extend his fine showing this season in the men's discus throw while national record holder O'Dayne Richards will look to medal in the shot put as will Clayton Brown in the men's high jump. Also in competition on the day will be Commonwealth champion Janieve Russell in the 400 metre hurdles, national champion Stephanie-Ann McPherson in 400 metres, and Simoya Campbell in the 1500 metres.

Action in the field will include Nykoya Campbell in the hammer throw, Tissana Hickling in the long jump and Katema Riettie in the javelin throw. The men will end the day with the sprint relay for which national champion Tyquendo Tracey will be joined by Kenroy Anderson, Nesta Carter and Javoy Tucker. The meet ends on Sunday.



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