Herculean task lies ahead of six-time Olympic medallist – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as she comes face-to-face with Elaine Thompson-Herah, Dina Asher-Smith, and Sha’ Carri Richardson at the Müller Grand Prix in Gateshead on May 23.

The sizzling showdown in the United Kingdom, the first Diamond League in 2021 will offer the world what to expect ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Richardson stunned the world on April 10 when she blazed to a world-leading 10.72 at the Miramar South Florida Invitational.

It was the fastest time run by a woman that early in the season and announced to the world the potential threat she poses to the Jamaican stranglehold on the Olympic blue-riband event since Fraser-Pryce became the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic 100m title in Beijing in 2008.

Fraser-Pryce defended her title in 2012 but was defeated by Thompson-Herah at Rio 2016. Richardson represents the USA’s best hope of breaking that hold.

Meanwhile, Asher-Smith, the reigning European 100 and 200m champion should not be overlooked.

Second to Fraser-Pryce at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, the Briton has not raced outdoors so far this season but looked sharp in a couple of indoor meets in Germany in January.

The first Wanda Diamond League event of 2021 was due to take place in Rabat but has been moved to Gateshead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It means Gateshead International Stadium will be staging its first international Grand Prix meeting since 2010.

Source: Leighton Levy