Sunday, January 21, 2018

Top places for Jamaican athletes


Two-time Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished second after a positive maiden run in the British athletics grand prix indoor meeting at the weekend.

Fraser-Pryce–the fourth fastest woman in history over 100 metres at 10. 70 seconds, and who has never raced indoors over 60 metres in her career–ran 7.09 seconds to finish second to an impressive Murielle Ahoure.

Ahoure, the Ivorian sprinter who entered the race as the world leader, lowered her season best to 6.99 seconds to register the first sub-seven seconds time this season.

The other Jamaican in the race, 2006 Commonwealth Games 100m champion Sherri-Ann Brooks finished sixth in 7.21, behind American Carmelita Jeter, who laboured  to fourth place in 7.18 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce was among three Jamaicans who secured spots on the podium at the meet.

"I'm really excited, I just thank God for bringing me here and giving me the strength to come and have a wonderful time. It was a great experience and I am glad it happened in Birmingham," said Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champion.

"It was good, I enjoyed it, and I always said that I thought that indoors had a sort of heater inside, but it was the same temperature, but I enjoyed it, the track was really good."

Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Nesta Carter and former world triple jump champion Trecia Smith were the other Jamaicans to reap success.

Carter, making his 2013 debut over 60 metres, clocked 6.56 seconds behind American winner Mike Rodgers, who logged 6.53. Smith finished second in the women's triple jump.

The St Kitts/Nevis pair of Antoine Adams and Kim Collins placed third and fourth in the men's 60m in 6.60 and 6.61, respectively.