Fraser-Pryce lowers world-leading time
...Jackson impresses in women's 200m
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the 100m women's final at the Diamond League track and field meeting in Paris on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

NEWLY crowned World Champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson both impressed at the Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Poland on Saturday, the first Diamond League meeting ever to be held in the European country.

Fraser-Pryce lowered her world-leading time in the 100m to 10.66 seconds (0.5m/s) while Jackson extended her winning streak in the 200m to seven straight, running 21.84 seconds (0.2m/s).

They were among a host of world stars at the event at which a total of 13 records were broken, inclusive of three national records, one Diamond League record, and Fraser-Pryce's world lead.

After a false start that was charged to Jamaica's Briana Williams, who was allowed to compete, Fraser-Pryce used her customary bullet start to take the lead from early. She remained in charge of the field to beat her previous season-best 10.67 seconds that she had run three times.

American Aleia Hobbs was second in 10.94 seconds and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was third in 11.00.

Williams, who also had a good start, was fifth in 11.11 and Natasha Morrison ninth in 11.20.

"I always come into races expecting to run fast! Last year I set a meeting record here, now it is a Diamond League and it is a lot more competitive with many top athletes," Fraser-Pryce, who set a meet record 10.81 last year, was quoted to have said.

"If you invite me and pay me a lot of money, I will come back again next year," she said while laughing.

She said the conditions, which were cool after heavy rains earlier in the day, did not bother her.

"I came here prepared. It may be cold or raining, but it was not so bad — it actually got warmer later in the day."

Fraser-Pryce said she felt no pressure on Saturday.

"Last year I felt a lot of pressure on me and this year I decided to just have fun. It is amazing to be this consistent. I am always excited to compete and see what I can do," she said.

Jackson decimated a quality field that saw World Championships 400m gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo finish second in 22.35 and American Jenna Prandini third in 22.39.

"The race went according to plan. I just wanted to execute, focus on my lane and not look at what my rivals were doing," she said.

"I approach all my races like that. I am not thinking about the world record. I just try to do my best, if it comes, it comes," added Jackson.

World Championships semi-finalist Ackeem Blake was an impressive third in his first Diamond League race, clocking 10.00 (-0.7m/s), while Yohan Blake was fifth in 10.13.

American Trayvon Bromell won with 9.95 ahead of his compatriot Marvin Bracy who also clocked 10.00.

World Championships finalist Candice McLeod was third in the women's 400m in 50.22 seconds and compatriot Stephenie Ann McPherson was fourth in 50.31.

Hurdles specialist Fenke Bol set a Dutch national record and meet record 49.75 while Poland's Natalia Kaczmarek was second in a personal best 49.86.

Adelle Tracey ran a personal best 4:02.36 minutes for sixth in the women's 1500m, below the 4:02.55 she set earlier this year, while Commonwealth Games silver medallist Danniel Thomas-Dodd threw 19.13m for sixth in the shot put.

Paul Reid

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