Athletics: Fraser-Pryce Shines At Diamond League Paris Meeting

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Jamaican athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce matched her Season’s Best (SB) of 10.67s to win the 100m event at the Paris Diamond League meeting, beating Britain’s Daryll Neita by 0.32 and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou by 0.34.

The 35-year-old Jamaican was in a class of her own after a blistering start to the race as she roared down the tracks beat Britain’s

“It was a superb race and I’m happy with the time,” said Fraser-Pryce after clocking the 12th fastest time in history. “It motivates me to go event faster.”

“I am still training hard so I am now looking forward to the national championships and then afterwards. The plan and the aim is to make sure that I am able to run 10.60 sustainably.”

Jamaica’s two-time Olympic champion ran the same time (10.67s) in Nairobi in May, which has only been beaten by four other women in history.

Luxolo Adams (200m)

South Africa’s Luxolo Adams won the 200m event in a time of 19.82s, beating Canada’s Olympic champion Andre de Grasse, who finished fourth.

Adams was the surprise winner in his first Diamond League victory, as he crossed the finish line to hold off the challenge of Alexander Ogando, who finished second.

In Diamond League’s penultimate leg before the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA, Adams would be full of confidence heading into the tournament for a chance to make history.

Selemon Barega (5,000m)

Ethiopian athlete Selemon Barega dominated the men’s 5,000m event, finishing just under ten seconds ahead of second-placed Thierry Ndikumwenayo of Burundi, in a time of 12:56.19. Ethipoia’s two-time world champion Muktar Edris finished third in 13:06.54.

Barega showed the world how its done over 5000m at the Diamond League meet in Paris.

The 10,000m Olympic champion’s victory in Paris (12:56.19) was very close to his Season’s Best (SB) of 12:54.87, set in the Rome Diamond League meeting the Ethiopian won.


Chidi Nwoke/World Athletics.

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