Jamaican sprints to 100m gold

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce competing to win the women's 100m race at Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce competing to win the women's 100m race at Stockholm Olympic Stadium.PHOTO: REUTERS

STOCKHOLM • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce swept to victory in the Stockholm Diamond League 100m on Thursday with a 10.93sec triumph which sent out a powerful message to her world championship rivals.

The Jamaican, the reigning Olympic and world champion, edged out Tori Bowie of the United States (11.05sec) and compatriot Natasha Morrison (11.22sec).

Fraser-Pryce, 28, was running for the first time since setting the season's best time in the sprint at Paris a month ago.

Her performance on Thursday was a resounding warning to her rivals, just three weeks away from the World Championships in Beijing where she will be the defending champion.

The Jamaican star is also the reigning world champion in the 200m and with her team-mates in the 4x100m relay.

"There will always be a lot of pressure to cope with. I am the defending champion so I will be the No. 1 target," she said. "But I am not worried and I am looking forward to going to China."

Fraser-Pryce will now head to Japan for a training camp ahead of the Aug 22-30 World Championships in the Chinese capital.

"There are still many things to work on - the start, the transition, the finish. I am not just going to sit around and wait," she said.

Qatar's high jump star Mutaz Essa Barshim slumped to a fourth successive Diamond League loss, a run of form which makes his season best of 2.41m, set in Eugene in May, appear a distant memory.

He has now been beaten at Oslo, Paris, London and Stockholm.

He was second on Thursday but his 2.29m was trumped by the US' Jacorian Duffield who triumphed with 2.3m.

In the men's 110m hurdles, Spain's Orlando Ortega won in 13.18sec, ahead of European champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russia (13.22sec). Defending world champion David Oliver of the US was third in 13.24sec.

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