Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Fraser-Pryce opens season with 60m victory at Queen's Meet

Two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins section two of the women's 60m invitational at the Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins section two of the women's 60m invitational at the Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce opened her 2019 track and field season on a winning note with victory in the women’s 60-metre invitational at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Fraser-Pryce, competing in section two, came home unchallenged in a pedestrian 7.21 seconds, well behind double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson’s meet record of 7.02 set in 2017.  Donya Ewers (7.55) of University of the West Indies got the better of MVP Track Club’s Srabani Nanda (7.56) for second place.

Fraser-Pryce’s MVP Track Club teammate, Thompson - who was also competing for the first time this season - had to settle for second place overall after winning section one in 7.24 seconds, well clear of Jodean Williams of Swept Track Club, who clocked 7.42 seconds, a time which handed her third place overall.

Both Fraser-Pryce and Thompson ended their 2018 season early.

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson wins section one of the women's 60m invitational.

Thompson was returning from injury after she ended her 2018 season in July as a result of an injured Achilles tendon.

Thompson struggled to hit top form last season and only had two major victories. Those victories came at the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting on May 19 and the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships on June 22.

Fraser-Pryce, who was attempting a comeback last season after she missed the 2016-2017 season to have her son Zyon and to recover from a nagging toe injury, also struggled that year. She  ended her 2018 season in August after finishing fifth in the women’s 100-metre at the NACAC Championship in Toronto, Canada.

Nesta Carter of MVP Track Club clocked the fastest time in the two-section men’s 60-metre invitational. Carter won section two in 6.67 seconds, just ahead of Sprintec's Andrew Fisher, who clocked 6.68 to beat MVP Track Club Julian Forte (6.72) into third place.

Ojamu Graham of the University of the West Indies, who won section one in 6.75, finished fourth overall.

Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet 2019

 

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