Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Shines Again


Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (shown above at center) “effortlessly” cruised over the line to win the women’s 200m, followed closely by U.S.’s Kimberly Duncan (left) who was second at the Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night. See excerpts here and access the full article in the link below:

Jamaica’s triple World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce showed little rust as she sped to a 22.53 seconds time (+0.2m/2) to defend the women’s 200m at Saturday’s 11th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) at the National Stadium.

Fraser-Pryce, who was racing for the first time since she won the gold in the 60m at the IAAF World Indoors in mid-March, used her quick start to get away from a quality field then held them off at the end as she equalled the second fastest time of the year with American Kimberly Duncan, who was second on Saturday in 22.61 seconds. American Jeneba Tarmoh was third in 22.69 seconds.

Two World-leading performances were achieved on the night that saw sprinters running into strong head winds of up to minus 2.2 metres per second or being pushed by winds in excess of 3 metres per second at times.

Shot putter Christain Cantwell won with 21.85m, while American quartermiler Francena McCorory won a tough 400m in 50.24 seconds.

American Justin Gatlin and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare won the men’s and women’s 100m titles, respectively, on their first appearances at the meet while the Dominican Republic pair of Felix Sanchez in the 400m hurdles and Luguelín Santos in the 400m flat race were crowd pleasers with outstanding wins.

Fraser-Pryce, who missed the UTech Classic two weeks ago on the advice of her doctors “to rest”, had the large turnout on its feet as she came off the curve well ahead of the field and powered home. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Shelly-showed–em–_16602551

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