Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continued to prove she is in a class to herself after another stunning display on Sunday’s (27 June) final day of the 2021 Jamaica Olympic trials. Fraser-Pryce, drawn before Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson in lane 3, timed the gun perfectly and had the field trailing from very early.
The 35-year-old was the first to straighten, and by the time Herah and Jackson decided to make their move, the race was over in 21.79 seconds. The winning time is a massive personal best for Fraser-Pryce, who ran 10.71 to win the 100m on Friday night. The time is also a new stadium record, beating Veronica Campbell-Brown’s 21.9.
“God is good, it’s all about faith and purpose,” said Fraser-Pryce, who lowered her personal best of 22.09.
“Nothing beat time. I am elated to break 22 seconds,” she added.
Fraser-Pryce said she had a sleepless night. She also hailed her coach Reynaldo Walcott.
Jackson, who gave up metres from the line, finished second in a personal-best 21.82. Thompson-Herah finished third in 22.02.
In the men’s 200m final, Rasheed Dwyer took it on the line, 20.17 over Yohan Blake, 20.18. Tyquendo Tracey, the men’s 100m winner, finished third in 20.34.
Julian Forte, who was in the mix atop the straight, pulled up shortly after and walked across the line.
Omar McLeod misses out
Rio 2016 Olympic Games champion Omar McLeod, who crashed into a few hurdles, may not get the chance to defend his title. He hopped across the line in 16.22.
McLeod also missed winning a medal at Doha 2019 World Championships. Grant Holloway won the event in Doha.
Ronald Levy, who before trials was off the radar, came up big time to win the event in 13.10, just ahead of Damion Thomas, 13.11. Hansle Parchment, the London 2012 bronze medallist, finished third in 13.16.
Rasheed Broadbell, ranked in the world top three at the beginning of trials, received a medical exemption.
Megan Tapper wins 100m hurdles
Megan Tapper came up big to win the women’s 100m hurdles. Tapper, who was the last to settle in her blocks, taking her time to stretch and focus, delivered from out of lane eight.
Danielle Williams and Britany Anderson battle early, before Tapper and Yanique Thompson, who came back in the last 10 metres, star the show.
Tapper, who was clean in her hurdling, crossed the line in 12.68 ahead of Yanique Thompson, 12.73 and Britany Anderson, 12.75.
Danielle Williams, the Beijing 2015 world champion, finished fourth in 12.76.
Stephenie-Ann McPherson ran a personal best 49.61 to take victory in the women’s 400m. Candice Mcleod finished second in 49.91 and Roneisha McGregor, 50.02.
However, only Demish Gaye, who finished fourth in 45.30, Nathon Allen, who withdrew from the final and Akeem Bloomfield, who did not compete, have the Olympic Games qualifying mark of 44.90.