KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 60m dash (outdoor) at The Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet – a local meet held on Saturday to open her season.
Fraser-Pryce, who said she plans to run at the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships, clocked 7.11 seconds (+0.4m/s) to take the win.
The Jamaican, who holds a personal indoor best of 7.04secs in the event, set in Stockholm, last February, wanted to see how well her training was going in preparation for the Worlds, which will be held in Sopot Poland, from March 7-9.
She said prior to running on Saturday: “I am looking forward to (running the 60m) because I want to know where I am in terms of training and how training has been going.
“I will be going away to compete in some 60 metres, which I know will provide huge competition and I will get to see where exactly I am. The plan is to do the World Indoor Championships, so I will just be working towards that.”
Fraser-Pryce won the 100m and 200m sprint double at the World Outdoor Championships last year and then anchored Jamaica’s 4x100m to sealed her third gold medal.
Meanwhile, her fellow training partner Nesta Carter won the men’s 60m race in 6.52secs, running in a -1.1m/s.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Olympic champion Melaine Walker and her training partner Kaliese Spencer both moved into the final of the women’s 400m hurdles, following victories in their heats at the Jamaica Olympic Trials at the National Stadium on Thursday.
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Walker, who won gold at the Beijing Games in 2008, posted 54.88 seconds, the day’s fastest time on her way to winning heat two of the event.
She finished ahead of Shevone Studdart, who ran 56.09, while high school star Janieve Russell ran 57.04 and also qualified for the final.
Meanwhile, Daegu fourth placed finisher Spencer eased to victory in a time of 55.92 to book her place in the final as well.
She finished in front of Daniel Dowie, who clocked 56.85, Nickesha Wilson (56.95) and Sonali Merril (57.89).
On the men’s side, Joseph Robertson edged to victory over Roxroy Cato and qualified with the quickest time of 50.03 to his challenger’s 50.09.
Leeford Greene raced to 50.57secs to beat Danny McFarlane (50.96) in the next heat.
World record holder and reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt, former record holder Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake will be in action later.
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Two reigning World champions and a pair of reigning Olympic champions will headline the Osaka Grand Prix on Saturday, the second IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2010.
Leading the field in the women’s 100m will be Jamaica’s two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. Earlier this year, Campbell-Brown won the World indoor title in the 60m in Doha, and outdoors has run 22.32 in the 200m.
Christian Cantwell and Dan Taylor are the featured athletes in men’s Shot Put. Discus Throw where Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton of the USA will throw against the reigning World champion, Dani Samuels of Australia.
Meanwhile, with Liu Xiang, the 2004 Olympic champion, pulling out of the 110m Hurdles due to injury, his Chinese compatriot Shi Dongpeng is now promoted to the position of favorite.
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Get the results as they happen. With supers such as triple world and Olympic champion competing the meeting is expected to be a classic once again.
Also down on the schedule to grace the meet are American 2007 world sprint double champion Tyson Gay, Veronica Campbell, who is the two-time Olympic 200m champion – in addition to the likes of Renny Quow, Wallace Spearmon, Carmelita Jeter, Kerron Stewart, Richard Thompson, Yohan Blake…among others.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm with the women’s long jump, after a two-hour entertainment package.
“It’s a given than Usain will bring the house down. We are happy that he’s able to run this year after last year’s incident (car crash in April). We know that Usain is out there to perform, he’s so far ahead of his competitors, it’s a matter of how fast he will run,” Quarrie reasoned.
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National track & field coach Raymond ‘KC’ Graham, a high school stand-out coach has blasted comments made by US Junior College coach Michael Smart about getting second-tier athletes from Jamaica.
“Coach Smart has no regard or respect for Jamaican coaches when he said in an article that he got second-tier, and athletes who are not good in his programme (Essex Country College),” said a very hurt Graham, in responding to coach Smart’s claim.
Despite getting the likes of Olympic champion Melaine Walker, Olympic and World silver medallist Kerron Stewart and Kenia Sinclair, Smart claimed that he never got the best from the Caribbean island.
He told Caribbean Tracklife Online Magazine: “Jamaica does not send me their best athletes; I don’t get the superstar athletes except for, maybe, Andrea Bliss in 1999 and Kerron Stewart in 2003. I always get the second-tier athletes.
“But I take what I can get. Most colleges want a specific athlete and will not take others. I will take a group of three or four athletes just to give everyone an opportunity.” Read TrackAlert.com Full Report