André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was beaming from ear to ear following her maiden indoor meet and she had all right to, after a positive run in the 60-metre final at the British Athletics Grand Prix meet in Birmingham yesterday.
Trecia Smith finished second in the triple jump and Nesta Carter closed fast for a similar placing in the men's 60m final, as the Jamaican contingent made their presence felt at the Midlands meet.
Despite finishing second to an extremely impressive Murielle Ahoure who registered the first sub-7 seconds time this season - a world leading 6.99, Fraser-Pryce showed that she can become an indoor threat with a 7.09 run for second place - the same time as third-place Barbara Pierre.
American Carmelita Jeter continued to show early signs of indoor rust with a laboured 7.18 for fourth place with the other Jamaican in the race, 2006 Commonwealth Games 100m champion Sherri-Ann Brooks, running sixth in 7.21.
Fraser-Pryce, in her first 60m race, won heat two in 7.18 seconds but it was Ahoure who fired the early warning shots with a fiery 7.03 effort to win heat one.
Fraser-Pryce was quite pleased with her efforts, telling reporters after the race that she is already looking forward to her next indoor outing.
"I'm really excited, I just thank God for bringing me here and giving me the strength to come and have a wonderful time. It was a great experience and I am glad it happened in Birmingham," said Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champion.
"It was good, I enjoyed it, I always said that I thought that indoors had a sort of heater inside, but it was the same temperature, but I enjoyed it, the track was really good," she continued. "Will I be back for more, definitely."
Ahoure herself was understandingly ecstatic with her time, which she is using as an indication of her preparation for this summer's IAAF World Championships.