Fraser-Pryce pleases crowd with 100m victory at Racers Grand Prix

Two time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce delivered her second victory in three races since her comeback from the birth of her child as she posted a season’s best 11.10 seconds to win the women's 100m at the JN Racers Grand Prix on Saturday night at the National Stadium.

Fraser-Pryce beat the fast-finishing American Jenna Prandini, who clocked 11.14 and Jamaican 16-year-old fast-rising star, USA-based Briana Williams 11.26. In the men's equivalent, Racers Track Club's, Great Britain athlete Zharnel Hughes brought the meet to a close with a world-leading 9.91 seconds to take top honours.

Hughes who was dipping below 10 seconds for the first time legally in his career, finished ahead of American Noah Lyles who also did a personal best 9.93, with Jamaican Yohan Blake third in 10 seconds flat. Meanwhile, Jamaica's Shaneika Ricketts secured one of two meet records on the night to defend the women's triple jump. Ricketts, the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, won with an effort of 14.39m  to erase the previous meet record of 14.31m she set last year.

The other meet record went to Grenadian Kirani James, in the men's 400m. James came home in 44.35 to beat the previous meet record of 44.37 set in 2016 by Trinidadian Machel Cedenio. American Fred Kerley was second in 44.36 while Bralon Taplin ended 3rd in 45.11. Javon Francis and Demish Gaye finished 5th and 6th respectively.

The women's 400m was won by Stephenie-Ann McPherson in 50.98 with Commonwealth Games silver medalist Anastasia Leroy second and Chrisann Gordon third. Leah Nugent upset the much fancied Commonwealth Games winner Janieve Russell in the women's 400m hurdles as she stopped the clock in 54.67 seconds. Russell took second in 54.89 while national champion Rhonda Whyte was third in 55.23.

Other Jamaican winners on the night were Hansle Parchment in the men's 110m hurdles, Daniel Thomas-Dodd in the women's shot put and Nigel Ellis who did a personal best 20.36 to take the men’s 200m.

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