Shelly's in form - Race-rusty Fraser-Pryce rebounds from toe injury with good win
WORLD and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce showed that her form is good in winning the women's 100 metres at the Racers JN Grand Prix track and field meet at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.
After trailing at the back of the field nearly two weeks ago at the Prefontaine Diamond League meet in the United States, Fraser-Pryce romped to victory in 11.09 seconds.
The Jamaican beat World Indoor 60m champion Barbara Pierre of the United States (11.11) and Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-ann Baptiste, who finishED third in 11.15. Former World champion Carmelita Jeter of the US continued her struggle with a sixth-place finish 11.28.
Fraser-Pryce, who was competing in her second 100m this season owing to a toe injury, was pleased with her performance.
"The toe injury has been a setback for me in a trying season so far, but thank God I was able to finish and win the race. It is an honour to come and perform before my fans, and I am more than pleased as I just wanted to have a good run," she stated.
"I have not run many races all season, and it is not that easy to come and perform at your best when you are race-rusty, but tonight I was able to give of my best," added Fraser-Pryce.
Former Edwin Allen High sprinter Christania Williams also made a big statement with a commanding victory in the women's 100m 'A' final.
The powerfully built Williams stormed to victory in 11.10 seconds, getting the better of Sashalee Forbes (11.28), with Octavious Freeman of the US third in 11.35.
The Bahamas' Shaunae Miller continued to show a liking for the National Stadium as she made it three from three here in the women's 200m.
She came off the curve second behind the US' Jenna Prandini but showed her class on the straightaway to pull away for an impressive win in a new personal best and a Bahamas National Record of 22.05 seconds.
Prandini was second in 22.38, with Jamaica's Audra Segree third in a personal best 22.89.
Miller, the fastest woman in the world this season in the 400m, was proud of her new lifetime best in the half-lap.
"I am extremely proud with my win and personal best, and when Prandini was in front, I did not panic because I knew I had a lot in reserve, and my only disappointment was that I did not go sub-22 seconds," said Miller.
World Championships 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams finished second in 12.77 in her pet event.
The United States' Sharika Nelvis, who got a great start, won in 12.61, while the diminutive Megan Simmonds finished third in a personal best 12.86.
In a preview of what could happen in the men's 400m in Rio, South African Wayde Van Niekerk and the United States' Lashawn Merritt gave the large crowd a treat in the scarcely-run men's 300m.
The South African, who won the 400m at the World Championships last year ahead of Merritt, took the 300m in an impressive 31.03 seconds, the third-fastest time ever over the distance behind Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt.
Merritt placed second in 31.23 seconds, with his countryman, Tony McQuay, third in 31.64.
"I was nervous coming into the race, but I got the energy from the crowd, and this is my best ever in the event, and to compete with Lashawn, that's great, and with Rio coming up it has put me in good stead," said van Niekerk.
Merritt said: "I am not a good curve runner and I was not balancing well off the curve. But it was still a personal best for me and I am pleased with the time."
Antigua and Barbuda's Miguel Francis, who is coached by Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, won the men's 200m in a personal best 19.88.
Julian Fore ran a season best 20.18 for second, while Warren Weir was third in 20.32.
Making his first appearance on local soil, former World Championship 110m hurdles champion David Oliver of the US produced a season best 13.09 to win. Jamaica's Deuce Carter registered a season best 13.20 for second, with the US' Jarrett Eaton third in 13.28.
Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio won the men's 400m in 44.37, ahead of Bralon Taplin (44.76) of Grenada, with third going to Javon Francis in 44.81.
After missing most of last season due to injury, Jamaica's Jason Livermore rounded back into form with a season best 10.03 in winning the men's 'A' 100m. Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda was second in 10.09, with Jamaica's Chadic Hinds third in 10.12.
The United States' Travis Bailey won the men's discus throw with 63.96m. Federick Dacres (61.59) was second, with the US' Rodney Brown third with 61.50m.
Lars Hamann of Germany destroyed the men's javelin field, launching 80.73m. Petr Frydrych of the Czech Republic was second with 78.88m, with third going to Riley Dolezai of the US, with 75.97m.
Veteran Chaunte Lowe soared 1.94m to capture the women's high jump ahead of her countrywoman, Liz Patterson, 1.90m, and St Lucia's Jeanelle Scheper, 1.87m.