Fraser-Pryce clocks record 10.67 seconds to win 100m in Nairobi | More sports news


NAIROBI: Jamaican sprinting legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked the fastest 100m in the world this year in 10.67 seconds to win in Nairobi on Saturday.
The 35-year-old, who won eight Olympic medals including silver in Tokyo last summer, was a comfortable winner after 18-year-old Namibian sensation Christine Mboma suddenly stopped short of collapsing on the track.
Fraser-Pryce’s winning time was close to his personal best of 10.60, set in Lausanne in August 2021.
“I’ve been doing this for 13 years. Even when I’m racing I’m setting new records, it’s unbelievable,” said Fraser-Pryce, who could only finish second in his season-opening race. over 200m in Kingston in April.
Only four other women ran the 100m faster than Fraser-Pryce’s time on Saturday – Americans Marion Jones (10.65) and Carmelita Jeter (10.64), Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54) and the controversial world record holder, the American Florence Griffith. – Joyer (10.49).
Fraser-Pryce will renew her long rivalry with five-time Olympic gold medalist Thompson-Herah at this year’s world championships, which begin in Eugene on July 15.
Earlier, men’s Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs pulled out at the last minute of his long-awaited return to the distance with intestinal problems.
The Italian, a surprise winner at last year’s Olympics, was set to face silver medalist Fred Kerley for the first time since Tokyo.
Jacobs confirmed on social media that he will then be in action as planned at home in a 200m race in Savona.
Instead, Kerley lost to home runner Ferdinand Omanyala, who took the win in 9.85 seconds, also a world record time.
American Kerley could only manage 9.92 seconds to finish behind African record holder Omanyala, who clocked his personal best 9.77 seconds last year.
“I was aiming to run a sub-10 in this competition. Now that I have… my African record, I want to add more records to my collection,” Omanyala said.
American Isaiah Young finished third in 10.13 seconds.
Canadian Aaron Brown timed his 200 to perfection to post a season-opening record 20.05 seconds.
“I wanted to run an under-20,” he said.
“I’m happy with the time I posted considering it’s a high altitude.”
Nigeria’s Aminatou Seyni was the big winner in the women’s 200m, in 22.43 seconds, after beating Shannon Ray on the line.
Kenya’s Olympic and world 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto showed he still has a lot to do ahead of the world championships as he crashed to finish fifth in a race won by Abraham Kibiwott.
Polish women’s hammer world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk posted a world record 78.06m in her first appearance in Kenya.
“I am very happy to have come to Nairobi for the first time and to have done very well,” said the three-time Olympic champion.

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