Saturday 21 September, 2019

Fraser-Pryce clocks season-best 10.88 to win 100m at Racers Grand Prix

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wins the women's 100m at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wins the women's 100m at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked a season-best and meet record10.88 seconds to win the women's 100m at the 2019 edition of the Racers Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday at the National Stadium.

The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce was out in a flash and quickly separated herself from the field for a commanding victory over her Jamaican teammate Jonielle Smith and 2018 Commonwealth champion Michelle-Lee Aye of Trinidad and Tobago.  Both Smith and Aye were credited with 11.20 seconds.

The previous meet record (11.09 seconds) was set by Fraser-Pryce at the 2016 staging.

“This is my third victory here and honestly I’m happy with the time of 10.88 as I’ve always wanted to lower the meet record to under 11 seconds,” beamed Fraser-Pryce. “I couldn’t have asked for more and I’m really looking forward to the national trials in two weeks.”

The 10.88-second clocking represents the second fastest in the world this year, well behind world leader  19-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson of the USA, who clocked a stunning 10.75 on the day at the NCAA National Championships in Texas.

The 10.88 seconds is also the fastest time Fraser-Pryce has registered since returning to international competition in early June of 2018 after giving birth to her son Zyon, almost two years ago.

Richardson’s time was fastest in the world since Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica ran 10.71 in June 2017. The teenager climbed to ninth on the world all-time list. 

Richardson's world-leading 10.75 seconds is also a new collegiate record and it shattered the 42-year-old world U20 record of 10.88 by Marlies Gohr. In Usain Bolt style, Richardson raised both arms in victory five metres from the finish. Richardson’s previous best was 10.99.

Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain wins the men's 100m

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes again beat Yohan Blake, a former world 100m champion, to win the men's 100m at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix.

Hughes clocked a season-best 9.97 seconds for the victory with Blake getting 10.01 for his second place. Kendal Williams (10.13) of the USA was well beaten into third place.

There were five other victories for Jamaica on the night. Those victories came from the Diamond League winner Fedrick Dacres, Shaneika Ricketts, Akeem Bloomfield, Shawn-D Thompson, and Ronald Levy.

Dacres threw beyond 68 metres for the third competition in succession.

He hurled his disc out to 68.10m in the second round to smash the meeting record and followed it with throws of 67.82m, 66.97m, 68.00m and 67.96m. Reggie Jaggers, last year’s winner, was second with 64.33m.

Ricketts completed a hat-trick of wins in the women’s triple jump, revising the meeting record once again. Ricketts bounded out to 14.69m (1.0m/s) on her first attempt, which was 14 centimetres beyond runner-up Kenturah Orji of the United States.

Akeem Bloomfield (left) gets the better of his Jamaican teammate Rasheed Dwyer in the men's 200m.

Bloomfield brought the curtains down with a scintillating come-from-behind victory in the men’s 200m. Bloomfield looked out of contention when Rasheed Dwyer, who ran a cracking curve, blew by him with his first few strides. However, Bloomfield (20.34) rocketed down the home straight and reeled in Dwyer, winning in 20.34 to his compatriot’s 20.43.

“My start was sluggish and I got left in the blocks,” said Bloomfield, who will contest only the 200m at the National Championships. “After that, I tried to run a controlled race and finish injury free.”

Shawn-D Thompson led home a Jamaica 1-2-3 finish in the men's long jump. The 22-year-old Thompson won with a leap of 8.13m with Tajay Gayle (8.07m) and Demar Forbes (7.96m) finishing second and third.

Levy, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, got the better of Barbados' Shane Brathwaite to win the men's 110m hurdles.

Levy clocked 13.33 seconds for the victory, while Brathwaite clocked 13.37. Aleec Harris of the USA finished third in 13.42.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, world record-holder Kendra Harrison maintained her unbeaten season as she proved too strong, sailing over the barriers in a meeting record of 12.54 ahead of US compatriot Queen Harrison (12.69). Megan Tapper of Jamaica clocked 12.93 seconds for third place.

Bahamian superstar Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins the women's 400m.

Meanwhile, Bahamian superstar Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who was running a 400m event for the first time in Kingston, obliterated the meeting record. Miller-Uibo, who opened her season with 49.05 in April in Florida, clocked 49.54 to finish more than a second ahead of world champion Phyllis Francis (50.85). Chrisann Gordon of Jamaica finished third in 51.83.

“I think today wasn’t a really good run,” said the Olympic champion. “I’m working on a lot of things trying to perfect my race but I’m happy I finished healthy which is good.”

In the men’s race, Fred Kerley ensured there was no repeat of last year’s drama when he was caught on the finish line. The Diamond League winner simply separated himself from the field around the top bend and moved further away in the home straight to win in a season’s best of 44.49. Trinidad & Tobago’s Olympic finalist Machel Cedenio, competing from lane eight, came through strong for second in 44.92.

Demish Gaye finished third in 45.37, while the other Jamaicans - Nathon Allen (45.68) and Rusheen McDonald (46.83) finished fifth and seventh.

2019 Racers Adidas Grand Prix

 

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