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Shanghai Diamond League: Okagbare beats Jamaica's sprint queens in 100m

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Facey, Gleaner Writer

Shanghai, China:

In one of the most anticipated contests of the night, the women’s 100m at the Shanghai Diamond League saw Jamaican sprint queens beaten by Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor.

The African put triple Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who came in fourth and fifth respectively, firmly in their place in the second leg of the invitational series.

The highly-rated Okagbare-Ighoteguonor stormed home in a season’s best of 10.98 seconds.

Second place went to American Tori Bowie in 11.07 and Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye came home third in 11.13 seconds.

Judging by this performance, both of Jamaica’s leading ladies, are some way off their best but there is still enough time for improvement before the serious business of the World Championships in August.

Veteran Campbell-Brown, 33, got a blistering start out the blocks but was not able to live with the speed and power of Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, finishing in a time of 11.22.

Olympic 100m champion Fraser-Pryce ended with 11.25 seconds to her name. By her standards she looked sluggish out of the blocks having the third slowest reaction time.

Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert came in eighth place recording a time of 11.53.

Fraser-Pryce said:  “It is a good start. I didn’t have any time in my head and no expectations. The feeling was OK. I am looking forward to my next 100 metres, what comes,.”