RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dafne Schippers have been drawn together in the same semi-final of the women’s 100m at Rio 2016 Saturday night.
Fraser-Pryce, the two-time defending champion, ran 10.96 seconds, the fastest time from the heats Friday, despite not having one of her better starts.
The Jamaican, who has recovered from the toe injury that has limited her speed, will race from lane five in the second semi-final, while Schippers, the European champion, will start in lane four.
Meanwhile, world-leader Elaine Thompson of Jamaica will race from the third semi-final, with American champion English Gardner will challenge her from lane four.
Thompson looked a bit sluggish in her heat on Friday night, but is expected to give a better account of herself in the semis.
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare will also race in the third semi-final.
American Tori Bowie starts in the first semi-final and will take on Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad & Tobago, Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast and Jamaica’s Christania Williams.