Shelly delivers

Jamaica’s queen of sprints cops 100m in season’s best 11.10secs

BY HOWARD WALKER
Observer senior reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain brought the house down at the third staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix with impressive wins in the 100m at the National Stadium last night.

Fraser-Pryce won the 100m in a season's best 11.10 (-0.2 mps), while Hughes finally dipped below the 10-second barrier clocking a world-leading 9.91 (0.4 mps).

Fraser-Pryce, who changed her moniker from “Pocket Rocket” to “Mommy Rocket”, sped to her seasonal best of 11.10 in her third race since giving birth last August.

American Jenna Prandini, who defeated her in Cayman last week, finished fast for second in 11.14. Rising Jamaican star, 16-year-old Briana Williams, who left the block like a bullet, was third in a very good 11.26. Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste was fourth in 11.27.

Young Williams had behind her seasoned Jamaicans Natasha Morrison (11.41), Gayon Evans (11.46) and Schillonie Calvert-Powell (11.51). India's Srabani Nanda was eighth with 11.68.

Hughes, a considered pretender to Usain Bolt's throne at Racers Track Club, has been in tremendous form and he confirmed that he will be hard to beat this year after smashing his personal best of 10.01.

Young American Noah Lyles also achieved his personal best clocking 9.93 for second, with Yohan Blake third with 10.00, which was his seasonal best. Senoj-Jay Givans was fourth in 10.13, while Julian Forte was fifth with 10.17.

Olympic champion Kirani James made a grand return to athletics with a scintillating 44.35-second clocking to win the men's 400m in a new meet record.

James, who has battled Graves' disease, was absent from the track since last April, but showed no rust as he chased down American Fred Kerley and caught him on the line. The fast-starting Kerley, who looked the certain winner, stopped the clock at 44.36.

Grenada's Bralon Taplin was third in 45.11, Matthew Hudson-Smith of Britain was fourth in 45.40, while the Jamaican pair of Javon Francis (45.42) and Demish Gaye (45.43) were fifth and sixth, respectively.

James got a rousing reception from the crowd after brief fireworks greeted his victory.

Stephenie Ann McPherson outbattled compatriot Anastasia Le-Roy to the line to win the women's 400m. McPherson won in 50.98, while Le-Roy clocked 51.13. Chrisann Gordon finished fast for third with 51.98.

American Francena McCorary finished sixth in 52.91 and was never in the hunt.

As expected, the outstanding Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo eased to victory in the 200m in 22.11 seconds ahead of Shericka Jackson of Jamaica in 22.62.

In the men's 200m, Jamaica's Nigel Ellis, running from lane seven, rocked the boat when he won in a personal best 20.36. American Bryce Robinson was second in 20.38, with howling favourite Miguel Francis of Great Britain third in 20.59.

The meet got going with the women's 400m A race, which was won by Rushell Clayton in 52.81 ahead of the fast-closing Junelle Bromfield in 52.85.

Fitzroy Dunkley took the men's equivalent in 46.13 ahead of Devaughn Baker in 46.65. Collin King was third with 47.71.

Jamaica's Commonwealth Games champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd repelled the US invasion and won the shot put with a throw of 18.59m. Americans Raven Saunders and Monique Riddick were second and third with 18.57 and 18.37m, respectively. American record holder and Olympic champion Michelle Carter was fifth with 18.16m.

Shanieka Ricketts erased the women's triple jump record, leaping 14.39m. Ana Tima, of the Dominican Republic, was second with 14.22m.

A stout-hearted run by Jamaica's Natoya Goule propelled her to second in the women's 800m in 2:00.66 minutes. American Ajee Wilson won in 1:59.84 with Charlene Lipsey third with 2:00.70.

The first major upset occurred in the women's 400m hurdles as Jamaica's US-based Leah Nugent won from lane two in 54.67 seconds. In-form race favourite Janieve Russell was second in 54.89. National champion Ronda Whyte closed late, as usual, for third in 55.23.

Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment returned to winning ways in the men's 110 hurdles in 13.31 seconds ahead of Commonwealth Games champion Ronald Levy, with 13.32. American Devon Allen was close in 13.38 for third with Barbados's Shane Braithwaite fourth in 13.47.

Jamal Wilson of Cayman Islands won the high jump with the bar at 2.24m ahead of Alexander Bowen of Panama with 2.21m. American Kyle Anderson was third with 2.21m.

Reggie Jagers of the US threw 65.54m and won the men's discus event ahead of Jamaica's Travis Smikle with 64.04m. Andrew Evans of the US was third with 63.78m.

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