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* = entered in this Friday’s Herculis Diamond League meet in Monaco
1. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce* (JAM)
2. Carmelita Jeter (USA)
3. Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)
4. Tianna Madison* (USA)
5. Blessing Okagbare* (NGR)
also watch: Murielle Ahoure (CIV), Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TRI), Allyson Felix (USA),
English Gardner (USA), Kerron Stewart* (JAM)
Despite a last-place finish in London last Friday, Fraser-Pryce has still recorded the best competitive record of the season. Jeter could have laid claim to the top spot but lost to Okagbare in a surprise upset. Campbell-Brown has competed sparingly, as is her general practice, and has yet to win a major 100-meter race in 2012. Former world long jump champion Madison has made a smooth changeover to the sprints.
1. Allyson Felix (USA)
2. Carmelita Jeter (USA)
3. Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
4. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
5. Kimberlyn Duncan (USA)
also watch: Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM), Aleksandra Fedoriva (RUS), Bianca Knight (USA), Tianna Madison (USA), Jeneba Tarmoh (USA)
Felix is in the best form of her life, and is totally dedicated to winning her first individual Olympic gold medal. As the Herculis meet on Friday does not include the women’s 200, it appears that Fraser-Pryce’s first 200 meter race against the other top competitors will be at the Olympics. The USA’s depth is on display here, as the Americans boast seven of the ten listed above.
1. Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
2. Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS)
3. Amantle Montsho (BOT)
4. Yulia Gushchina (RUS)
5. Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)
also watch: Tatyana Firova (RUS), Francena McCorory (USA), Natalya Nazarova (RUS), Christine Ohuruogu (GBR), Deedee Trotter (USA)
Richards-Ross has returned to her form of several years ago and seems to have mastered her mysterious illness. The Russians ran tremendous times at their national championships two weeks ago but have not met any top competition besides each other. Defending world champion Montsho has one win and three seconds on the Diamond League circuit, and Williams-Mills was responsible for Richards-Ross’ only loss this year.
1. Sally Pearson (AUS)
2. Dawn Harper (USA)
3. Kellie Wells (USA)
4. Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM)
5. LoLo Jones (USA)
also watch: Danielle Carruthers (USA), Kristi Castlin (USA), Ginnie Crawford (USA), Christina Manning (USA), Tiffany Porter (GBR)
Despite a surprise loss on Saturday at the Diamond League meet in London, Pearson remains among the strongest favorites for gold at the Olympics. Wells won that race but it was her first major victory of the season, taking second to Harper at the Olympic Trials. Jones is improving rapidly but will have to take it up another notch or two to have a chance at an Olympic medal.
1. Irina Davydova (RUS)
2. Vania Stambolova (BUL)
3. Natalya Antyukh (RUS)
4. Kaliese Spencer* (JAM)
5. Zuzana Hejnová* (CZE)
also watch: Lashinda Demus* (USA), Denisa Rosolová* (CZE), Perri Shakes-Drayton (GBR), Melaine Walker* (JAM), Hanna Yaroshchuk (UKR)
This event is a mess to figure out. The year’s eleven most competitive races have produced nine different winners. I settled on European champion Davydova at the top, but there is a large number of realistic permutations of these rankings. None of the top three are scheduled to compete in Monaco on Friday, so the picture not going to get any clearer.