Fraser-Pryce blazes to 100m glory

SHELLY-Ann Fraser-Pryce stormed to victory in the women’s 100m at the Anniversary Games as Dina Asher-Smith had to settle for second at the London Stadium.

Asher-Smith clocked 10.92 seconds, but she was no match for the Jamaican double Olympic 100m champion, who crossed the line in 10.78.

Having run 10.91 in her heat, European champion Asher-Smith had hoped of staging an upset in the final.

Dafne Schippers was disqualified following a false start, but Fraser-Pryce kept her cool to take first place as the Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou completed the podium in 10.98.

“It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” Fraser-Pryce, whose season’s best time of 10.73 came at home in Jamaica last month, said.

“I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to the Doha (world championships) that I’m on point. Right now the females are so close in terms of time so you definitely just have to come out and make sure that you’re ready to run.”

“My aim for Doha is definitely to be on the podium. For me, its a long season from here so I am hoping my experience will come into play.”

There was delight for Great Britain in the men’s 4x100m relay as the quartet of CJ Ujah, Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold in the second-fastest British time ever. – Reuters

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