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SFP, Schippers impress coaches

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 8:00 AMShayne Fairman

Track and field coaches David Riley and Raymond 'KC' Graham were impressed with the runs by Dafne Schippers and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women's 100 metres heats at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last night.

"That was a good run from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. I feel she didn't overexert. Psychologically, it will help her going through to the final as she is not the favourite," Riley said after Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.96 to register the fastest time of the round.

Graham liked the run by Schippers, who was joint seventh-fastest with 11.16 to win her heat.

"Fraser-Pryce looks good, but Schippers was good, too," Graham said. "Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d'Ivoire went out fast in her heat so Fraser-Pryce had to run a little bit harder than expected. Schippers was easy and comfortable. She had the easiest win of all.

Graham felt that Elaine Thompson did not look very comfortable.

"I am wondering if she is alright (healthy), I don't like the look on her face," Graham said.

Riley, however, felt that Thompson, who won her heat in 11.21 was relaxed overall.

"She ran out of lane nine and wasn't really paying attention to anybody at all, and almost got nicked on the line," Riley said.