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Fraser-Pryce clocks 7.11 over 60m in season opener

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) storming to victory in the women's invitaional 60 metres at yesterday's Queen's Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium. Fraser-Pryce clocked 7.11 seconds. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Last year's World Championships triple gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, began her 2014 campaign on a winning note at the Queen's Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.

Competing in an invitational 60 metres, the first ever inside the venue, Fraser-Pryce won in a fast 7.11 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce was, as usual, out of the blocks in a flash and won ahead of MVP Track Club teammate Carrie Russell, 7.28. Elaine Thompson of the University of Technology was third in 7.38.

"I am pleased to know that I came out here tonight and created history in this event locally and I am also happy for the response I got from the crowd," Fraser-Pryce said after her win.

World Indoor 60 metres silver medallist, Nesta Carter, won the men's event in 6.52 after being pushed all the way by Winston Barnes, 6.61.

Earlier, World Championships 4x400m silver medallist, Edino Steele of Racers Track Club, won his heat in the men's 400m open in 46.75 seconds to erase Usain Bolt's 2008 mark of 46.94. Steele's training partner Riker Hylton was second in 47.74 with third overall going to Josef Robertson (47.86) of Cameron Blazers.

Spencer tops 400m

MVP's Kaliese Spencer who will also be running indoors this season topped the women's 400m open in 51.39 ahead of teammates, Aneisha McLaughlin (52.77) and Christine Day (53.66).

St Jago High's Nathan Allen topped the Class One boys 400m after winning his heat in 47.96. Calabar High's Jason Drake (48.66) and Kingston College's (KC) Karayne Bartley (48.76) both won their heats to finish second and third overall. Anguilla's Zharnel Hughes, the Carifta and Junior PanAm Under 20 100 metres champion, who is now at KC, won his 400m heat in 48.99 for fourth overall.