SHANGHAI, China (Sporting Alert) — Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce dusted everyone out of the starting blocks and then kept on going as she races to victory in the women’s 100m dash in a world-leading 10.93 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on Saturday.
The Jamaican, who during her press conference said she was hoping to start the Diamond League with a fast time against American rival Carmelita Jeter, exploded from the blocks before pulling away from the field to win her opening 100m of the season easier than expected.
Fraser-Pryce, who preparing what is expected to be another dominating outing a major Championships later this summer, won the women’s 100m title at the London Olympic Games last year to add to the title she took in 2008 in Beijing.
She will be targeting the women’s 100m and 200m sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, and she looks like a strong contender to complete that feat, with her coach Stephen Francis promising positive things from his pupil again this summer.
Meanwhile, the fast-finishing Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria raced back to take second in 11.00 secs, with Jeter, who suffered a quad muscle problem during the closing stages of the race took third in 11.08.
The men’s 400m was dominated by Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada who pulled away from his closest rivals to clock a world-leading and meet equalling 44.02 seconds for first place.
Lashawn Merritt of USA was second in 44.60, with Luguelín Santo taking third in 45.11.
Elsewhere, Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica edged out Justin Gatlin for the men’s 200m title – taking first in 20.18 ahead of the American who ran 20.21.
Another Jamaican Jason Young was third in the event with a time of 20.22.
Jinzhe LI won the men’s Long Jump with a world-leading effort of 8.34m, Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 400m hurdles in a 2013 best time of 53.79.