2018 World U20 100m champion Briana Williams was selected on a provisional basis to Jamaica’s 55-member team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 27-October 6.

Danielle Williams won herself a diamond, US$50,000 and a place at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics following a commanding performance at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.

Jamaica sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has targeted adding another feat to an already impressive resume and that is becoming a member of the sub-22 seconds club.

Despite being better known over her exploits over the half the distance, where she has claimed numerous world and Olympic titles, Fraser-Pryce has also proven to be more than competitive over the distance. 

An impressive performance over the half-lap event was part of a memorable triple gold medal haul at the Moscow World Championships.  With a personal best of 22.09 set in London, in 2012, Fraser-Pryce is yet to crack the 22-second mark.  The feat has been achieved by five Jamaican women to date Merlene Ottey, Elaine Thompson, Grace Jackson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Juliet Cuthbert.

Fraser-Pryce recently completed in the event at Birmingham Diamond League where she finished in third spot behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.

“One of my dreams, one of my goals is to get below 22 seconds.  It would be an honour to get below 22 seconds,” Fraser-Pryce told Nuffin Long Athletics.

“I’m not the best 200m runner but I love the opportunities I get to run the 200m.  I’m one of those persons that doesn’t back from anything unless you give me a 400m then don’t want to run it.”

Bahamian quarter-mile star Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued an impressive spell of sprinting dominance after claiming a 9th straight win at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

The Bahamian Olympic champion, however, had to work late on after trailing both Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith with 15 metres to go.  Miller-Uibo, however, held her form superbly to go by both in the closing stages, in the end winning by around a metre.  The result meant the Bahamian, who crossed the line in 22.24, has not lost a race since the 2017 Muller Grand Prix.  Asher-Smith was second in 22.36, with Fraser-Pryce third in 22.50.

Despite winning the race, however, Miller-Uibo was quick to admit that things did not quite go according to plan.

“The race didn't go to plan,” said Miller-Uibo, who set a meeting record of 22.15 when winning here last year, on that occasion also defeating Asher-Smith. “My start was just horrible and I had to rely on that 400m strength to get through."

“I’m feeling good. Before the race, we had an idea of how we wanted the race to go and it didn't go as planned so I’m happy for the win and ready to move on to the next.”

 

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will release her new book, ‘I Am A Promise’, in September.

The 32-yer-old Fraser-Pryce made the announcement on Saturday on social media.

‘I Am A Promise’, is a children’s picture book about the indomitable spirit of the six-time Olympic medal winner.

The book takes readers on Fraser-Pryce's journey from her childhood in the tough inner-city community of Waterhouse in Kingston, Jamaica, through to her development as a young athlete and finally to her first Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres in Beijing, China in 2008.

The story charts how Fraser-Pryce's commitment to hard work and encouragement from loved ones helped her to achieve every sprinter’s dreams and against great odds. The book encourages young readers to believe in themselves and to maximse their own promise to the world.

Fraser-Pryce, in a post on Facebook, said, “I am super excited to share my most recent project! My upcoming children’s book, I Am A Promise,  which will be launched in September in select Sangster’s Bookstores locations.

“Seeing my personal journey depicted in print and colour is such a blessing for me, and I am so humbled to be able to share it with you all.

“The genesis of this is founded on what I believe is fundamentally important; how we raise our children, the importance of consistent love and nurturing their God-given talents always.

“This book is extra special for me also as I will be able to read it to Zyon (her son) and teach him these valuable lessons as he grows up."

In 2016, Fraser-Pryce published her tell-all autobiography, ‘Pryceless Journey’, which detailed her many struggles and obstacles along the path to becoming an Olympic champion.

Bahamian sprinter Tynia Gaither has named decorated Jamaica star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as one of her biggest inspirations after claiming a rare bronze medal for the country, at the Pan American Games last week.

On Friday, the 26-year-old Gaither crossed the line in 27.76 seconds, well behind winner Fraser-Pryce, who broke a 40-year-old record after clocking 22.43 to take gold.  Despite finishing some way behind Jamaican and getting passed by Brazil’s Vitoria Rosa, close to the line, the achievement was a significant one.  In fact, only three Bahamian women have done what Gaither did and all were a part of the nation’s golden generation.

In 1987, Pauline Davis-Thompson earned the first medal for the Bahamas sprinters at the event when she secured the bronze medal in the 100 and 200m.  In 1999, Chandra Sturrup clinched the first gold in the 100m and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie followed by snatching the gold in the 200m.  Sturrup was the last female sprinter to medal at the Games after claiming a bronze in the 100m in 2007.

“Shelly-Ann is one of my idols, so every time I get to line up with her I’m on cloud nine,” Gaither told the Bahamas Tribune.

“She pushes me to a different level. I raced against her a few times and I can honestly say, I had some of my best races. So just to be able to be in that calibre with her was great. I wasn’t really nervous. I felt it was just a blessing to be there,”

Decorated Jamaica sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce admitted she was ecstatic after breaking the long-standing record of American Evelyn Ashford at the Pan American Games on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce easily outclassed the rest of the field to clock 22.43 seconds in the Peruvian capital of Lima, beating the competition’s previous record of 22.45.  The Jamaican finished well clear of second-place Brazilian Vitoria Cristina Rose two-tenths of a second with Bahamian Tynia Gaither third in 22.76.

"It's a long time since I've broken a record so I feel great about that," the 32-year-old said.

The Jamaican admitted that although it took a while to warm up in Lima's damp, chilly weather, she was focused on her strategy.

"My coach told me to run the first half very hard and I decided to go for it from the gun," she said.

 "We were all cold out there but I wasn't too worried about the cold, I was just worried about everyone behind me."

She's still working on getting "a perfect finish," and her goal now is to break Elaine's Thompson's Jamaican record and win the gold at the world championships.

"It's always an honor to represent Jamaica and have some fun. That's what I wanted to do today."

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has continued the dominance of women sprinters in the country by walking away with the half-lap event at the Pan Americans Games in Lima, Peru on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce raced to 22.43, removing the 22.45 seconds set by the United States’ Evelyn Ashford all the way back in 1979.

Fraser-Pryce ran a controlled race, gaining on the Bahamas Tania Gaither all the time.

She would circle her towards the end of the top of the corner and would come off it in front with a slight lead.

She would maintain that lead throughout the last hundred, finishing in front of Vitoria Cristina Silva Rosa, who crossed the tape in 22.64, a personal best for her.

Gaither would finish third in 22.76.

The event was Caribbean strong with Canada’s Crystak Emanuel finishing among the mix, ending fourth in 22.89, a season’s best.

Fifth was the Bahamas’ Anthonique Strachan, in 22.97, while Ecuador’s Angelina Tenorio Mocolta finished sixth in 23.08.

Seventh and eighth were completed by Dominica’s Marileidy Paulino, 23.29, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett, 23.62.

Many-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce achieved yet another milestone, after passing compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown for the most sub-11 clockings recorded by a Jamaican female sprinter.

The 32-year-old track star recently pulled level with the legendary Campbell-Brown at 49 apiece when she clocked 10.95 seconds in the heats at the London Diamond League.  The duo, however, did not stay tied long as Fraser-Pryce then went on to move second all-time when she clocked a breezy 10.78 to blow her opponents away in the final.

The result moved Fraser-Pryce to second all-time list behind the ageless sprint wonder Merlene Ottey.  Ottey achieved the feat some 67 times.  Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, currently the sprinter’s teammate and biggest rival in the event has achieved the mark 28 times.

The two are scheduled to face off at the Doha World Championship, in which both women seemed certain to add to their tally of sub-11 times.

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has confirmed that she will be doing the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha from September 28 to October 6.

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."

 

Insatiable hunger and even greater motivation are what seven-time IAAF World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said are driving her to be on the podium at the 2019 World Championships in Doha in September.

Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce both clocked a world-leading time of 10.73s while Briana Williams set records of her own with a 10.94s finish, in a dramatic women’s 100m final at the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships on Friday night.

Briana Williams broke a national junior record for the second time in two weeks but had to play second fiddle to Elaine Thompson in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships in Kingston.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Briana Williams all easily advanced to Friday’s semi-final of the 100 metres at the Supreme Ventures JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday.

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