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Fraser-Pryce fends off Blessing

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Fraser-Pryce fends off Blessing

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DOHA – World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce opened her IAAF Diamond League campaign in winning fashion when she stormed to victory in the 100 metres at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix yesterday.
The Jamaican sprint queen got off to a good start and pulled away from the field, but was forced to fend off the fast-finishing Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, to cross the line first in 11.13 seconds. Okagbare was second in a season-best 11.18 seconds while Kerron Stewart of Jamaica was third in 11.25.
“It was a good race, the crowd definitely is a plus, very diverse, energetic and supportive,” said Fraser-Pryce.
“Now my goal for the season is to break the 22 seconds barrier in the 200 metres and in Shanghai (second Diamond League meet) I will run the 200 metres.”
Admittedly, Fraser-Pryce was without real competition in the event as three of her major rivals – American Carmelita Jeter, the Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure and Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown – were all absent.
In the men’s 200 metres also devoid of the major world stars, Jamaica clinched a one-two finish with Nickel Ashmeade upsetting Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir. (CMC)