Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was one of seven Jamaican winners, but it was Zharnel Hughes’ 100m victory that standout at Saturday’s 3rd staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix.
Hughes won the men’s 100m, running his first sub-10secs, 9.91 to beat American Noah Lyles, who also broke the magical mark for the first time, 9.93. Jamaican Yohan Blake, in the National Stadium showdown, finished third in 10.00 flat.
“Tonight was amazing,” Hughes tweeted.
Jevuaghn Minzie won the men’s B race in 10.10 ahead of fellow Jamaicans Tyquendo Tracey, 10.13 and Kenroy Anderson, 10.21.
Fraser-Pryce runs season best at JN Racers Grand Prix
Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, in her second international race since giving birth in 2017, turned the tables on American Jenna Prandini, 11.10 to 11.14. It was Fraser-Pryce’s season best.
Sixteen-year-old Brianna Williams, in her first competition against seniors, finished third in 11.26s.
Jamaicans Hansle Parchment, 13.31 and Ronald Levy, 13.32 battled to the line in the men’s 110m hurdles.
Nigel Ellis surprised the men’s 200m field with a personal best 20.36 to beat USA’s Bryce Robinson, 20.38 and Great Britain’s Miguel Francis, 20.59.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo, in the women’s 200m, lived up to expectation by running away with the victory in 22.11. Jamaicans Shericka Jackson, 22.62 and Shashalee Forbes, 22.86 were second and third respectively.
Kirani James, in his first race in over a year, left it late but did enough in the closing stages to beat American Fred Kerley on the line, 44.35 to 44.36. James’ time is a meet and stadium record in his first race in Jamaica.
Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Anastasia Le-Roy battled down the straight in the women’s 400m, but the former prevailed 50.98 to 51.13.
Le-Roy wrote on Twitter: “The first 400m from commonwealth 2nd place, back to the drawing board.”
Leah Nugent led home a Jamaican 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 400m hurdles, taking the top spot in 54.67. Janieve Russell was second in 54.89 and Rhonda Whyte, third in 55.23.
Ajee Wilson of the USA with 1:59.84 beat Natoya Goule, 2:00.66 in the women’s 800m.
Danniel Thomas-Dodd won the women’s shot put with 18.59m
Shanieka Ricketts had a meet record 14.39m to take the top spot in the women’s triple jump.
Jamal Wilson of Bahamas 2.24m to win the men’s high jump.