KINGSTON – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson Herah were winners at Saturday’s Velocity Fest 9 meet at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Fraser-Pryce was a comfortable winner in the women’s 200m, running 22.66 to cross the line ahead of the fast-finishing Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 22.90.
Hydel’s schoolgirl Brianna Lyston, the winner of heat 1, was third overall in 23.28. Tina Clayton, who battled with Lyston to the line, finished fourth overall in 23.30.
Thompson Herah’s victory came in the women’s 100m dash. She seemed to work harder than expected to get past and beat Remona Burchell, 11.21 to 11.35.
Natasha Morrison, the heat 2 winner, crossed the line in 11.41 ahead of Shimayra Williams, 11.53.
The men’s sprints were marred by several faulty starts and resulted in the withdrawal of Yohan Blake, Miguel Francis and Oblique Seville.
Nigel Ellis recorded the day’s fastest time of 10.39 to win heat 5 into a negative 2.0m/s wind over Brendon Rodney, 10.40.
Asafa Powell, the heat 4 winner, finished third overall in 10.56.
Ronda Whyte, who is known for her strong finish, ran a new meet record and personal best of 51.28 to beat Candice McLeod, 51.56 and Roneisha McGregor, 52.06.
Shericka Jackson, the heat 1 winner in 52.54, finished fifth overall.
The men’s 110m hurdles saw Rasheed Broadbell running a world-leading 13.15, which lasted for few hours. Ronald Levy, with 13.43, was second to Broadbell.
American World champion Grant Holloway later ran 13.05 in the USA to lower Broadbell’s mark.
Shawn-D Thompson leapt 7.81m to beat world champion Tajay Gayle, 7.76m in the men’s long jump.
Kai Chang threw 62.60m to beat Chad Wright, 57.75 in the men’s discus, while O’Dawyne Richards won the men’s shot put with a record 19.15m.
Shanieka Ricketts topped the women’s triple jump with 14.06m.
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