Monaco – Reigning World and Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will kick off her 2014 IAAF Diamond League campaign at the Doha 2014 meeting on 9 May.
There’s not a bigger name in the world of women’s sprinting at the moment than the 27-year-old Jamaican, who dashed to the IAAF World Indoor Championships 60m title in Sopot just over one week ago, and just seven months after winning global titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
She was also the 2013 World Athlete of the Year.
“I enjoy running in Doha,” said Fraser-Pryce. “The stadium is close and intimate which makes you feel connected with the fans.”
Her appearance in the opening event of the fifth season of the IAAF Diamond League series takes on added meaning as she sets out to defend her 100m and 200m double Diamond Race victory from 2013.
“The 200m is the event I want to get better at. I am doing okay but I believe there is a lot more to give, so this season a lot will be placed on being better and faster at the 200m.
“Capturing another double would definitely top the year for me. Let's see what happens.”
Fraser-Pryce won the 200m in Doha last year, a victory that set her on course towards her first world title in the longer sprint. In 2012, she also sped to Olympic silver over the distance.
This season, making her third appearance in Doha, Fraser-Pryce will contest the 100m against what is already shaping into a formidable field. She will run the 100 m against Blessing Okagbare, Kerron Stewart and from US English Gardner with Alexandria Anderson and Barbara Pierre.