Fraser-Pryce takes top spot, breaks 100m record at Grenada Invitational

By Sports Desk April 14, 2019

 Decorated Jamaica sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised to top spot in the women’s 100m, in the process setting a new meet record at the Grenada Invitational at the Kirani James Stadium on Saturday.

Fraser-Pryce got a trademark comfortable start before pulling away from the field to stop the clock at 11.20, which was a new meet record.  Her compatriot Jonielle Smith finished strongly but was still a distant second in 11.35.  The United States’ Aliyah Brown was third in 11.46.

Another Jamaican, Gayon Evans was fourth in 11.46, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett fifth in 11.60.

In the men’s equivalent, it was Great Britain’s Adam Gimili who claimed top spot but only just ahead of Canada’s Aaron Brown who was second in 10.13.  The United States Christopher Belcher was right behind Brown, stopping the clock in 10.14 for third place.  A quartet of Caribbean athletes Nester Carter, Nigel Ellis, Tyquendo Tracey and Julien Forte were fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

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    On Saturday, Williams had won in similar fashion, putting away the 100m field to win in a time of 11.25.  On that occasion getting the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Akila Lewis and compatriot Kemba Nelson.

    In the men’s equivalent, the Jamaican’s also claimed the top two podium spots.  Xavier Nairne crossed the line in first spot, stopping the clock at 20.65.  Antonio Watson closed strong to finish in 20.83, just ahead of the Bahamas’ Terrence Jones who was third in 20.89.

     

     

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