Easy for Shelly at Queen's meet
Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer
It was a stroll in the park for the outstanding Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women's 60 metres at the Queen's/Grace Jackson track and field meet at the National Stadium yesterday.
Competing in her first competitive race for the season, Fraser-Pryce was out of the blocks in a flash and quickly pulled away from her rivals to win in 7.13 seconds. Elaine Thompson of MVP was second in 7.32 with third going to University of Technology's Chanice Bonner in 7.38.
Fraser-Pryce, who also won the event last year, revealed that she wants to get much stronger this year and was pleased with her opening run.
"I did not train all of this week but I am pleased with the execution of the race. Last year, I didn't record any personal best times and this year I want to run personal best times in both the 100 and 200 metres. With this being a World Championship year, I am looking forward to the season as I am aiming at winning back-to-back World titles," said Fraser-Pryce.
Unlike the women's event, the men's race was very competitive. Defending champion Nesta Carter prevailed in the end, winning in 6.52 seconds, getting the better of his MVP teammates Kimmarly Brown (6.58) and Julian Forte (6.59).
"I felt good today as it was a good race for me as I want to do well at the World Championships this year. This event was also a good tune-up for me as I am down to compete in the 60 metres next month in a Birmingham meet," Carter said.
Former Munro College sprint star Delano Williams also shared the spotlight with a brilliant run in the open men's 400 metres. Williams, who now works out with his former high school coach Neil Harrison at Kingston College, put his name in the record books with a fast 46.20 seconds clocking and, in the process, removed Usain Bolt's mark of 46.94 set in 2008.
Williams, who is happy to be reunited with Harrison after one year at Racers Track Club, was impressed with his season opener.
"I am excited as it was a good race for me. I am getting much stronger in training and I feel happy to be back with my high school coach as he knows a lot about me. I am looking forward to a wonderful season," Williams said.