Carter lands 100m in Birmingham
...Shelly-Ann finishes second to Okagbare in 200m
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaica's Nesta Carter was a surprise winner of the men's 100m final at the IAAF Diamond League meet held in Birmingham, England, yesterday while his MVP training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce suffered her first loss in the 200m this season.
Carter, who was fourth at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships a week ago, and who failed to retain his place in the men's individual 100m to the World Championships later this year, ran 9.99 seconds (+0.8m/s) on a sunny day at Alexander stadium, outlasting homeboy James Dasaolu, who was second in a personal best 10.03 seconds and former World Champion Kim Collins in 10.06 seconds.
Carter ran out of lane eight, outside of Collins and Dasaolu and used his superior speed endurance to win by a comfortable margin.
Two other Jamaicans were in the race but finished at the back -- Kimmari Roache ran 10.17 seconds for seventh and Julian Forte was eighth in 10.26 seconds.
Carter, a multiple Olympic and World Championships relay gold medallist, had placed third in his first round race in 10.26 seconds behind Collins and Roache, while Forte was fourth in the other semi-final heat.
Fraser-Pryce, meanwhile, who ran a world leading 22.13 seconds to win the 200m at the National Senior Trials, could only manage 22.72 seconds and was beaten to the line by Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare (22.55 seconds) with Bulgari's Ivet Lalova in third place in 23.02 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce trailed off the curve and failed to catch up to the long-legged Nigerian, who she had replaced as the world leader, but still maintained her lead in the 200m Diamond Race.
Sherone Simpson, who was second at the National Championships, placed sixth in 23.24 seconds after Bahamian Anthonique Strachan was disqualified after originally placing fifth.
National women's 400m champion Novlene Williams-Mills was third in the 400m in 51.03 seconds behind Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu who just beat Botswana's Amantle Montsho on the line 50.63 seconds to 50.64 seconds.
Another Jamaican Stephanie McPherson was fifth in 51.61 seconds.
Andrea Bliss was fifth in the women's 100m hurdles in 13.01 seconds, while Shevon Stoddart was seventh in the women's 400m hurdles in 57.01 seconds.
Former National Record holder Dwight Thomas failed to make the final of the men's 110m hurdles after placing fifth in his first round heat in 13.50 seconds.