Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce speeds to personal best 10.60 in another Jamaican sweep

By August 26, 2021

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a new lifetime best to turn the tables on Elaine Thompson-Herah and win the 100m dash at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

The Olympic silver medalist blazed to meet record 10.60 while just managing to hold off a fast-finishing Thompson-Herah, who ran 10.64. It was another 1-2-3 for Jamaica as Shericka Jackson finished third in 10.92. It was the third time this season that the trio swept all the medal places.

Naturally, Fraser-Pryce was pleased with her performance.

“I’m feeling good to equal my PB tonight, it was cold but I still came out here to do my job,” she said. “Believe it or not, I still have not run my best race. I know there is more to give because I still need to work further on perfecting my technique. There will be more from me this season, and certainly, my goal is to break into the 10.5 range. The crowd in Lausanne was amazing as usual.”

Meanwhile, Thompson-Herah admitted that after several high-level performances she is feeling a bit of fatigue.

“My body is feeling tired after a long season and especially after having done personal bests, four times in a month so that´s amazing for sure,” she said.

“I have no plans to break the world record and I never thought of getting so close. I´m simply going to continue working hard, finish this season strong and come back even stronger next season.”

Shanieka Ricketts finished second overall in the triple jump competition won by Olympic champion Yulimar Rojas to set a meet record of 15.52m. She also produced a wind-aided effort of 15.56m.

Ricketts, who had a wind-aided jump of 15.02 finished second while Hanna Minenko of Isreal was third with 14.47m.

The Jamaican said her performance was redemption after failing to win a medal in Tokyo during the summer.

“Today feels like redemption after the Olympics where I was a bit disappointed with my results,” she said.

“I’m grateful because I've been having a great season this year with lots of consistently big jumps. Today was not wind legal but it gives me the confidence to know that I’m back in good shape.

“Between myself and Kimberly Williams, I hope we are influencing another generation of triple jumpers back home because we have the talent to do well.”

Steven Gardiner ran 20.11 for third in the 200m that was won by Kenny Bednarek in 19.65 over Fred Kerley (19.77). The athletes were aided by a wind of 3.2m/s.

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