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Jeter sets up Olympic re-match Fraser-Pryce in Shanghai DL

Samsung Diamond League Shanghai
 -5 May 2013-
           Jeter sets up Olympic re-match with Fraser-Pryce


Carmelita Jeter will take on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in a re-run of the Olympic 100m final at the 2013 Shanghai Diamond League meeting on 18 May.

The world 100m champion was second behind Jamaica's double Olympic champion at the London 2012 Games last August and will be looking for revenge when the two clash again in what promises to be one of the highlights of the second meeting on the IAAF's 2013 Diamond League calendar.

Jeter also clinched a 200m bronze medal in London before famously anchoring the USA women's team to a world record-breaking win in the 4x100m relay final. Jeter blazed down the home straight in the London Olympic Stadium to stop the clock at 40.82 seconds, smashing the 27-year-old relay record by more than half a minute.

The 33-year-old will compete in Shanghai for the sixth time looking for her third win here after making her first appearance in 2007. She has twice broken 11 seconds at this meeting, including in 2009 when she clocked 10.64 to become the second fastest woman in history.

The American joins the star-studded 2013 roster along with two other reigning world champions unveiled today by organisers for the meeting in less than two weeks' time. Jeter's US compatriot Jesse Williams will compete in the men's high jump against Olympic bronze medallists Robbie Grabarz of Britain and Qatar's Mutaz Barshim, while Asbel Kiprop will take on his Kenyan teammate Silas Kiplagat over 1500m.

Williams won the world high jump title in Daegu two years ago but could only finish ninth in the Olympic final where Grabarz and Barshim tied for third with Derek Drouin of Canada. The American returns to Shanghai for the first time since 2010 hoping for his first win here, while Grabarz and Barshim will be among the 11 men aiming to stop him on their Shanghai debuts.

Both have been in fine form since the Games – Grabarz followed up his Olympic medal by breaking the British record in Lausanne last August, while Barshim set an Asian record at the same meeting with a leap of 2.39m and went on to break the Asian indoor record earlier this year.

Like Jeter and Williams, Kiprop is no stranger to Shanghai. The Kenyan will be looking to make it third time lucky after finishing second on his two previous visits in 2010 and 2011.

Two years ago he went on from finishing second here to add the world 1500m title to his 2008 Olympic crown, but he could only finish 12th in the London 2012 final last August when Kiplagat was seventh.

That was something of a disappointment for the pair who took gold and silver in the Daegu final. They will begin their build-up to this summer's Moscow World Championships against a field packed with African talent.

The 2013 Shanghai Diamond League meeting will include 16 events: nine for men (200m, 400m, 1500m, 110m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, high jump, long jump, discus throw, javelin throw), and seven for women (100m, 800m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, pole vault , triple jump , shot put).