KINGSTON, Jamaica — Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce opened her 2022 outdoor season with a second place finish in the women’s 200m in 22.79 seconds at the Velocity Fest 11 —World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger Series meet at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, 23 April.
Fraser-Pryce, a two-time Olympic 100m champion, finished second to Bahamian Anthonique Strachan, who took the victory in a time of 22.55 seconds. Read more: Thompson-Herah opens 100m season with 10.89 WL time at USATF Golden Games 2022
The Jamaican sprint star blasted from the blocks and covered the entire field inside the opening half of the race before taking her foot off the pedal and coasted over the final 50m which allowed Strachan to over take her and secure the win.
Speaking after the race Fraser-Pryce said the objective for this weekend was just to go out and get a solid run under her belt and she believed the goal was achieved.
“I am feeling good,” she told TrackAlerts after the race. “The aim is to come out here today and get a run in.
“I haven’t raced in a while so it’s good to definitely come and have a good run,” added the 35-year-old.
Natasha Morrison was third in the race in 23.06 seconds, while fourth place went to Shashalee Forbes in a time of 23.07.
Fraser-Pryce revealed that after last year’s career best season, she’s even more motivated to continue racing and is looking forward to a very productive season in 2022.
The five-time world champion will seek to defend her world 100m title at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in July.