Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Rushell Clayton and Akeem Bloomfield secured impressive wins on the second of the two-day London Diamond League to complete a wonderful weekend for Jamaica, winning seven events at the Muller Anniversary Games.
Fraser-Pryce continued her outstanding form with another scintillating run to win the 100m in 10.78 seconds (0.7 mps), which was just outside her meeting record of 10.77 done in 2013. It was her ninth win from 11 finals, losing only to Elaine Thompson in the Jamaican Championships (Trials) by the narrowest of margins.
“Mommy Rocket” as she is now affectionately called, had won her earlier heat in a relaxed 10.95 seconds before exploding in the final for yet another commanding win, leaving home favourite Dina Asher-Smith well behind thanks to a blistering start.
Asher-Smith finished second in 10.92 seconds, with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast third with a time of 10.98 seconds. Jamaica’s Shashalee Forbes (11.35), Jonelle Smith (11.38) and Natasha Morrison all failed to advance from their heats.
Fraser-Pryce, who now owns three sub-10.8 clockings this year, said she was just happy for the win.
“At first I was a bit put off by the false start, but I was glad I was able to go back and reset myself. It was a quality field today and I must say that every time I race in London the field is always fantastic, so well done to all the ladies that raced today. I was really happy to come away with a win,” said Fraser-Pryce.
“I am definitely happy. It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” she added.