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Fraser-Price: My main threat comes from Africa

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24/7

Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare will be her main threat as she prepares for her first Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old, who successfully defended her 100m Olympic crown at the London Games two years ago, will be the firm favourite to win gold in Glasgow this year, whichever event she chooses to run in.

The queen of Jamaican sprinting has yet to reveal whether she will race in the 100m or the 200m, but knows whichever event she chooses will be tough to win.

"It will be hard," she told BBC Sport. "You have the African nations - Blessing Okagbare. There are a lot of athletes that are doing tremendously well that will be at the Commonwealth Games."

Okagbare is an Olympic Bronze medallist in the long jump and was also third in the 200m at last year’s World Championships in Moscow, an event which Fraser-Pryce, herself, won.

There have been a lot of rumours that this year’s games in Scotland, which take place in July, will not attract many of the big names in track and field, including the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and Great Britain's Mo Farah.

Fraser-Pryce will therefore be one of the Games' star attractions, and will be hoping to put on a show for the fans, and add to her growing list of major titles.

"Training has been going well," she added. "I won the World indoor title a couple of weeks ago.

"That definitely shows that training has been in full swing and is going very well. I'm looking forward to it."

And the Jamaican will certainly have to be at her best if she is going to add to her set of global titles.

British hopes will largely lie with Anyika Onuora and Asha Philip for the Games which begin on the 23 July.

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