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Fraser-Pryce unhappy despite Doha win

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins the women's 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meet in the Qatari capital Doha yesterday. Fraser-Pryce won the race in 22.48 seconds. - AP

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

As usual, she wore a broad smile after stepping off the track, this time at the Hamad Bin Suhaim Stadium, but Jamaican sprinting star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was far from pleased with her winning 22.48 run in the 200m at the Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.

Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic 200m silver medallist and back-to-back 100m champion, led a Jamaica one-two in the event, with Sherone Simpson stopping the clock at 22.73 ahead of Myriam Soumare of France, 22.81.

Powered by an illegal +2.2 wind factor, Fraser-Pryce's 22.48 is certainly nothing to shout about, but despite showing good form and speed endurance in the last phase of the race, the diminutive Jamaican is far from pleased with her Doha display.

"Overall, I'm just happy to come away with a win," said Fraser-Pryce. "Today I didn't run according to how I wanted but still came out with a victory. That made me happy. There is a lot more room for improvement in the 200m, and I'm looking forward to more races to see how best I can put a complete race together."

The MVP Track Club star will now turn her attention to next Saturday's enticing 100m Olympic rematch with American Carmelita Jeter at the Shanghai Diamond League - the second stop on the 14-meet series.

Samantha Henry-Robinson, the third Jamaican in the Doha 200m, posted a time of 22.97 for fourth place.

The men's 100m also featured three Jamaicans, but it was American Justin Gatlin, 9.97 - the Olympic 100m bronze medallist, who crossed the line first in a tight finish; barely bettering his compatriot Mike Rodgers and Jamaican Olympic 4x100m relay gold-medal winner Nesta Carter, who both posted season-best times of 9.99.

All three joined Tyson Gay, who posted a powerful 9.86 world-leading time at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston a week ago, as early members of the 2013 sub-10 second club.

The upcoming Jamaican pair of Jacques Harvey and Jason Young finished seventh and eight in 10.17 and 10.21, respectively.

Impressive performance

In one of the most impressive performances so far this season, world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana made a strong statement, out-powering American Allyson Felix on her way to bettering her own world lead, with a time of 49.88 - the first sub-50 second time so far this year.

Jamaican Shericka Williams struggled in sixth place, despite posting a season best 52.23 with 200m specialist Felix running second in 50.19 and Great Britain powerhouse Christine Ohuruogu finishing third in a 50.53 season's best.

It was Felix's first time losing at the meet in 11 years.

World record holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha (Kenya) was also in imperious form, schooling Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia) with a world-leading 1:43.87 in the men's 800m.

Aman, who defeated Rudisha last season, had to settle for second in 1:44.21 with Kenyan Job Kinyor finishing third in 1:44.24.