Decorated female sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has said that she does not see the absence of Sha’Carri Richardson in today’s Diamond League as an advantage going into the race.

Sha’Carri Richardson, the fastest woman this year [10.72 sec] withdrew from the meet this week, becoming the second sprinter to do so after Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Despite the absence of these two great sprinters Fraser-Pryce, who came fourth [11.51 sec] on Sunday in Gateshead believes that any athlete that steps on the line is there to compete:

“I wouldn’t say I view a specific athlete as a threat.

“I have always said that whenever it is that you line up to compete in a 100m you have to be ready for anybody.

“I don’t spend my time focusing on any individual athlete. I know that at the end of the day an athlete is not standing at the line to shower me with flowers or escort me to the line. They’re there to compete and they’re there to compete aggressively.

“So for me, I am not paying attention to pay attention to an individual athlete.

“I am paying attention to my lane and paying attention to making sure that when I get in the blocks I’m ahead of everybody else. I know that every single female athlete that steps to the line, they’re ready.”