Jamaican former World and Olympic female sprint champion, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce returned to winning form on Saturday when she won the 100 meters in a seasonal best 11.10 secs at the JN Racers Grand Prix meeting at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.
This was her first international meet at home since she gave birth to a son last August, and she did not disappoint the large and enthusiastic crowd that turned to see the speedster nicknamed the ‘Pocket Rocket’ because of her short stature and speed. Jumping a little late out of the blocks Fraser Pryce turned on the speed at the 40meter mark and powered to the finish ahead of Jenna Prandini of the US who had a time of 11.14. Third was 16-year old Jamaican Brianna Williams in 11.26m.
Last weekend Prandini had defeated Fraser Pryce at a meet in the Cayman Islands.
Kirani James wins 400m
Grenadian quarter-miler Kirani James also made a winning comeback at the meet. Running in his first international race since April 2017, James nipped American Fred Kerley at the tape to win in a time of 44.35, Kerley’s time was 44.36, and Grenadian Bralon Taplin third in a time of 45.11.
Britain’s Zharnel Hufges wins 100m in world best time
However, the most impressive performance of the meet was by Britain’s Zharnel Hughes who won the 100 meters men in a 2018 world best time of 9.91secs.
“It was a great race,” said Hughes, whose previous best was 10.01 set in February, also in Kingston. “Unfortunately, my blocks slipped when I pushed off so it hampered my start a little bit, but I am in great form so I regained my composure and just relaxed while maintaining my phases and I came through successfully.”
World 200m co-leader Noah Lyles closed fast to secure second in 9.93, while Jamaican Yohan Blake, the 2011 world champion, was third in a season’s best 10.00.
Shaunae Miller-Ubio consistent in 200m
Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued her impressive streak of victories this season winning the 200m in 22.11. over Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson in 22.62.
“The 400 is my favourite event but I’m doing very well in the 200,” Miller-Uibo said gleefully. “I’m very consistent and that’s a good thing for me.”
Jamaican Leah Nugent with a time of 54.67 won over her compatriot and event favorite Janieve Russell, 54.89, in the women’s 400m hurdles.
In the men’s 110m hurdles Hansle Parchment produced a late burst of speed over the final two barriers to edge Ronald Levy 13.31 to 13.32.
In the field events Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd won the women’s shot put with a heave of 18.59m, Current world number two Raven Saunders of the US was second with 18.57.
Bahamian Jamal Wilson won the men’s high jump with a jump of 2.24m, and Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts, won the triple jump with a leap of 14.39m.
Reggie Jagers of the US won the men’s discuss with a toss of 65.54m, a meet record.