Report24 Jun 2013

Fraser-Pryce world-leading 22.13, Weir 19.79 on final day of the Jamaican Champs


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (right) winning the 200m at the 2013 Jamaican Championships (© Anthony Foster)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Warren Weir provided the highlights of the final day of the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Senior Championships with sizzling 200m wins on Sunday (23).

Fraser-Pryce, who led her rivals off the curve, pulled away in the home straight to take the victory comfortable in a world-leading 22.13, just 0.04 away from her personal best set when winning the silver medal over the same distance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Fraser-Pryce’s training partners Sherone Simpson and Anneisha McLaughlin were a distant second and third respectively in 22.55 and 22.58.

"I skipped the 100m to concentrate on the 200m so I can get a good time and I am happy in the end," said Fraser-Pryce who, by virtue of being the 2012 Diamond Race 100m winner, gets a wild card to run the shorter sprint in Moscow.

Weir closed the four-day championships in style, the London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist beating his chest as he crossed the line in personal best 19.79 on the famously quick National Stadium track, the joint second-fastest time in the world this year.

Nickel Ashmeade, who failed to keep pace with Weir after 120 metres, was second in 20.06 while Jason Livermore finished third in a personal best 20.13.

"I just want Jamaica and the rest of the world to know that this (his London medal) was no fluke. This was for real,” said Weir.

The men’s 400m saw the changing of the guard as 20-year-old Javere Bell produced a another personal best 45.08, having already improved to 45.26 in Saturday’s semi-final.

Bell beat junior star Javon Francis, who is still only 18 but also produced a personal best of 45.24, with Akheem Gauntlett, third in 45.48.

London 2012 Olympic Games finalist Novlene Williams-Mills took the women's 400m final in 50.01 which equalled the third fastest time in the world this year, coming home ahead of Stephanie McPherson, whose 50.28 for second place was just outside the 50.16 PB she set in the heats. Patricia Hall was third in 51.13.

The women’s 100m Hurdles also saw some new faces emerge with 20-year-old Danielle Williams, the fastest Jamaican this season, taking victory in a big personal best of 12.69.

It was the latest step forward, and fifth improvement of the summer, for Williams who stated the year with a personal best of 13.32.

Andrea Bliss finished second in 12.82 and Williams’ older sister Shermaine, third in 12.93.

In the field, Kimberly Williams won the women’s Triple Jump with a wind-assisted 14.40m from former World champion Trecia-Kaye Smith, who had a legal 14.18m.

The best men’s field event performance came from 2011 World University Games winner Odayne Richards, who reached 20.00m in the Shot Put, with Raymond Brown second with 19.03m.

Anthony Foster for the IAAF