Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt continued their winning ways at the Weltklasse Zurich IAAF Diamond League meet in Switzerland on August 29. Meanwhile, another Jamaican woman used that venue to dip under 11 seconds in the 100m dash for the first time.
Jamaica finished first and second in the men’s 200m race at the Moscow World Championships yesterday. For the third time in as many Championships, Usain Bolt struck gold in the event.
Jamaica closed out the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow today with gold medals in the men’s and women’s sprint relays and a Championship record for the women.
Jamaica’s 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce defied a slight pain she felt after her semi-final run and stormed to a world leading 10.71secs for victory over a strong field at the Moscow, Russia World Championships yesterday.
The sprint double world record holder defeated the challenge by USA’s Justin Gatlin, who got out ahead of him, to regain the title in a modest-by-Bolt’s-standard 9.77secs (-0.3).
Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Warren Weir and Racers Track Club of Jamaica all turned in fine performances at the two-day London Diamond League meet this past Friday and Saturday.
Asafa Powell’s trainer said yesterday he should not be blamed for a banned stimulant found in Powell’s system, and the embattled Jamaican sprinter has returned home to Kingston from Italy days after learning that he had tested positive for oxilofrine (methylsynephrine) at the Jamaica National Trials in June. His training partner Sherone Simpson also tested positive for the same substance.
Asafa Powell rebounded from his disappointing 7th place finish at the Jamaica Trials last week to win at yesterday’s Ostrava Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic.
Two-time double Olympic champion Usain Bolt was defeated by Justin Gatlin in the 100m dash at yesterday’s Golden Gala in Rome. It was Bolt’s third defeat in a Diamond League 100m race since he first broke the world record in 2008. He was beaten that year in the Swedish capital Stockholm by his countryman Asafa Powell and again by the American Tyson Gay in 2010 in that same city.
Double world record holder Usain Bolt told the world Tuesday that he wants to continue dominating sprinting until the Brazil 2016 Olympics. He also dismissed the recent criticisms he got over something he thought was not a big deal.
The much anticipated 100-meter clash between Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown materialized today at the 39th annual edition of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, with Frazer-Pryce taking the top spot.
Jamaica’s 2012 Olympic 110-meter hurdles bronze medalist Hansle Parchment ran a world-leading time of 13.05 seconds (0.9m/s), a national record, to win the event at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon today.