Fraser-Pryce destroys field to take top spot at London Anniversary Games

By Sports Desk July 21, 2019

Jamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made light work of the field to claim the women’s 100m at the London Anniversary Games on Sunday.

All the pre-race talk surrounded a possible competitive match-up between Fraser-Pryce and upcoming star Dina Asher-Smith the hometown favourite.  In the end, the race proved to be very one-sided.  Fraser-Pryce showcased a trademark bullet start before showing the rest of the field a clean pair of heels.  

The Jamaican stopped the clock at an impressive 10.78, well ahead of Asher-Smith who was second in 10.92.  The Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou picked up the bronze medal with a time of 10.98.  Holland’s Dafne Schippers was disqualified after registering a false start.  The time was Fraser-Pryce’s third-fastest run this year and the third time the athlete has clocked a time in the 10.7s range.  Her best time this season remains a sizzling 10.73, which was recorded at Jamaica’s national trials in Kingston last month.

"It's a long season and I've been training and training," said 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who won Olympic 100m gold in 2008 and repeated the feat on the same London track four years later.

"To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time. I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to Doha (world championships) that I'm on point."

 

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