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Shelly shows 'em

Shelly cruises to 100m win in Grenada; Bloomfield pulls up

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce looked in immaculate condition as she easily won the women's 100m in a meet record of 11.20 (0.6 mps) following her usual bullet start at the third staging of the Grenada Invitational last night in St George's.

Fraser-Pryce was quickest out of the blocks and cruised home ahead of her compatriot Jonelle Smith, who closed well for second in 11.35 with American Aliyah Brown third with 11.46, the same time as Jamaica's Gayon Evans in fourth.

The big match-up of the meet never materialised as Jamaica's rising star Akeem Bloomfield pulled up at the top of the straight in the 200m as did Amrican Olympic champion Justin Gatlin. The race was won by Great Britain's Miguel Francis of Racers Track club in a world-leading 20.16. Canadian star Andre degrasse was second in 20.20 with Kyle Greaux of Trinidad and Tobago third in 20.51.

Earlier, Jamaica's Asafa Powell was absent from the Men's 100m A race which was won by Adam Gemili of Great Britain in 10.10 (0.4 mps) just outside his personal best of 9.97. Aaron Brown of Canada was second in 10.13, with Christopher Belcher of the USA third in 10.14. The Jamaicans were down the track with Nesta Carter fifth in 10.26, Nigel Ellis (10.31) in sixth, Tyquendo Tracey in seventh with 10.32 and Julian Forte eighth in 10.35.

Emanuel Archibald of Guyana won the men's B 100m in 10.33 (1.4 mps) and just edged Jamaica's Jevaughn Minzie into second with 10.35. Jamaicans Shivnarine Smalling (10.42) and Chadric Hinds (10.43) were third and fourth. Former High school star Michael O'Hara of Racers was disqualified for a false start along with Nathan Farina of T&T. But he ran under protest and finished fifth in 10.68.

Jamaica's 2014 Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles champion Andrew Riley won the opening event in a meet record of 13.49 (1.0 mps) ahead of Gregmar Swift of Barbados in 13.66. Jamaica's World Under-20 silver medallist Orlando Bennett, formerly of Calabar High, was third in 13.96.

The women's 100m hurdles was won by Evonne Britton of the USA in a personal best of 12.81 (1.9 mps) ahead of Jamaica's Megan Simmonds in 12.93. American 2016 Olympic silver medallist Nia Ali was third in 12.99.

Yanique Haye-Smith of the Turks and Caicos won the women's 400m hurdles in 55.65 ahead of American 2015 World Championship bronze medallist Cassandra Tate in 55.89. Sparkle McKnight of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 56.07 with Jamaica's Nikita Tracey fourth with 56.10.

Jamaica's Christine Day won the Women's 400m in 52.48, while Bralon Taplin gave the home crowd something to cheer about winning the men's 400m in impressive fashion in 44.92.

Cynthia Anais of France lowered the women's 800m record of 2:02.84 to 2:01.96. Hannah Segrave of Great Britain was second with 2:03.24 ahead of Sade Sealy of Barbados third with 2:03.79.

Jamaica's Anastasia LeRoy closed fast for second in the Women's 200m in 23.22 behind the winner Tynia Gaither of The Bahamas, who won in 23.07. Jamaica's 2008 100m Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson was fifth in 23.48.

Jamaica finished first and third in the men's discus throw courtesy of Travis Smikle and Basil Bingham. Smikle won with 64.55m with Bingham throwing 59.91m. Rodney Brown of the USA was second with 61.61m.

– Howard Walker


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