Fraser-Pryce anchors Jamaica to Penn Relays victory


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PHILADELPHIA (Sporting Alert) – Olympic 100-metres champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce anchored a Jamaican 4x100m sprint quartet to victory at the 2013 Penn Relays at Franklin Field on Saturday.

The sprint quartet of Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Anneisha McLauglin and Fraser-Pryce clocked 42.42 seconds to seal the win and end the United States’ dominance in this event at the Penn Relays.

Getting the baton slightly behind Jeneba Tarmoh of USA Red, Fraser-Pryce turned on the burners to blow past the American.

“I told myself that there was no way I was going to let her catch me,” the two-time Olympic 100m champion from Jamaica said.

She said earlier: “I think it is an exciting time in Philadelphia for Jamaicans who don’t get the opportunity to go back home and see us compete.

“So once we are here competing for Jamaica for the USA vs. the World featured event, they always get excited because they want us to come here and do well.”

USA Blue edged out USA Red, 42.65 to 42.66 for second place.

Meanwhile, the team of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Doc Patton and Ryan Bailey won the men’s race in 38.26secs, beating Jamaica’s 38.65 and USA Blue’s 38.94.

Jamaica ran without Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell.

Kingston College out of Jamaica flashed to victory in the High School Boys 4x100m, winning in a time of 40.44 to beat Wolmer’s 40.66, and Munro College, 40.70.

UTech of Jamaica won the college men’s race with 38.92.

The women’s USA vs. The World 4×400 race was won by USA Red, as a tiring Francena McCorory held off Perri Shakes-Drayton of Great Britain to win in 3:22.66 to the Britts’ 3:22.68. Jamaica was third with 3:24.11.

In the men’s race USA Red team of Torrin Lawrence, Manteo Mitchell, Bershawn Jackson and Tony McQuay ran 3:00.91 to take the victory.

Jamaica quartet of Allodin Fothergill, Riker Hylton, Leford Green and Errol Nolan ran the Americans hard, but had to settle for second with a solid 3:01.15.

Olympic champion Bahamas was third in 3:02.23.

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