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DOHA, Qatar – The 2017 IAAF Diamond League Series runs off on Friday, May 5 and several Caribbean athletes will be in action.

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, former World 100m record holder Asafa Powell and Bahamian world leader Steven Gardiner will be involve in big showdowns on the night.

Thompson of Jamaica, and World champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands will take the spotlight in the women’s 200m.

Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic champion, and Simone Facey, will also be involve in the hot 200m contest.

The men’s 100m will have Powell, Justin Gatlin of USA and Canadian Andre De Grasse. Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis will also be in the field.

Gardiner is the man to beat in the 400m as his 44.26 for a national record at the Grenada Invitational in April puts him ahead of American LaShawn Merritt.

Other Jamaicans down to take part at the meet – Natoya Goule is in the women’s 800m, Megan Simmonds in the 100m hurdles, Aisha Praught in the 3,000m steeplechase, and Annsert Whyte in the men’s 400m hurdles.

Donald Thomas of Bahamas is in the men’s high jump.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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