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Bolt after third World 200m title

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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KINGSTON – Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce headline a 45-member Jamaica squad for the IAAF World Championships in athletics, set to begin within a couple weeks in Moscow, Russia.
The two are among four individual medallists from last year’s London Olympic Games who were chosen for the August 10-14 championships.
Bolt will be seeking his third straight men’s 200 metres title after wins in Berlin, Germany, in 2009, and Daegu, South Korea, two years ago.
Fraser-Pryce, who won the women’s 100 metres in Berlin, has been included in the 23-member women’s squad.
Warren Weir and Hansle Parchment, who both won bronze medals in the 200 metres and 110-metre hurdles, respectively, in London, are also in the team.
Parchment was forced to withdraw from the national trials in June after injuring himself during warm-up.
For the first time Jamaica have named two shot-putters, O’Dayne Richards and Raymond Brown, while female long jumper Francine Simpson is in the team as well.
Discus thrower Jason Morgan, the only Jamaican to achieve the ‘B’ qualifying standard, was not named in the team.
Morgan was unable to travel to the national championships in June as he was being sworn in as an American citizen that same weekend and had written to the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association.
The squad is expected to start arriving in Moscow tomorrrow for the start of a week-long camp. (CMC)