'Solid' 100m by Shelly
IF anyone needed a reminder about her credentials, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce laid it all out over 100 metres on the track at Hayward Field, University of Oregon, on Saturday.
For so long, the Jamaican had been running in her shadows, hardly conjuring a 100 meters time of note.
Then, with the World Championships in Beijing just around the corner, the 28-year-old gave a solid reminder of her Olympic and World champion status.
“I didn’t run so well the last time I ran, my first 100, so I wanted to come here and run a solid 100,” Fraser-Pryce admitted after clocking 10.84, the joint 2015 best with Michelle Ahoure, with whom she hit the tape at the Prefontaine Classic.
Only a week earlier, she had registered 11.25 for fifth in Shanghai, trending a path of 11-point performances from 2014 that included one second, fifth, sixth and eighth place finishes.
On Saturday, she got the perfect cast to display her message, a who’s who field of sub-11 contenders that included the second best ever over the distance, Carmelita Jeter, 10.69, 2014 world leader with 10.80, Tori Bowie, the previous 2015 world leader, Michelle Lee Ahye, Blessing Okagbare, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Tianna Bartoletta and Ahoure.
“The field here is always good, I don’t think any female can hide, we’re always showing up and always competing, so that’s good,” Fraser-Pryce observed. “I just wanted to execute a good race.”
She had opened this year with mainly 200s, which she admits is an unlikely run at Worlds, but noted room for improvement.
“This is pretty early. Normally I would’ve run many races before, but this is my second 100 metres, so there’s still a long way to go.
“The time is good, but it’s still early in the season,” she reinforced. “There’s so many things that can happen. But you’ve to continue to trust God, continue to work hard and just execute each race as they come.
“I think I started very well today, that is a plus; then I can work on the middle, then work on the end. The end is not so great, but you’ve many races to get it right,” Fraser-Pryce talked of fixing her 100 to perfection.
“I’ve got Rome to run another 100 metres, so hopefully I’ll have a good result like I had today.”
The Pietro Mennea Rome Diamond League meet is on Thursday.
FULL RESULT: 1. Fraser-Pryce 10.84, 2. Ahoure 10.84, 3. Bowie 10.82, 4. Okagbare 10.87, 5. Jeter 11.02, 6. Baptiste 11.08, 7. Bartoletta 11.09, 8. Ahye 11.90.