Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made an impressive start to her 2023 season with a strong performance in the women’s 200m at the Jamaica Trials on Saturday. The reigning world 100m champion crossed the finish line in 22.39, securing the fastest time among the three-heat semi-finals and setting up an eagerly anticipated final on Sunday (9 July).
In heat 2, Lanae-Tava Thomas finished closely behind Fraser-Pryce with a time of 22.46, indicating an exciting showdown in the upcoming final.
Meanwhile, Shashalee Forbes emerged as the winner of heat 1, posting a time of 22.84. Forbes narrowly edged out Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion, who finished with a time of 22.88. With a wildcard entry for the Budapest 2023 World Championships, Jackson may choose to skip the final, given that she has nothing to lose in the 200m event. Fraser-Pryce, on the other hand, received a bye for the women’s 100m and opted not to compete in the Trials.
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Kevona Davis claimed victory in heat 3 of the women’s 200m, crossing the line in 22.94, with Jodean Williams finishing second in 23.07.
On the men’s side, Rasheed Dwyer recorded the fastest time in the 200m heats, clocking in at 20.25. Andrew Hudson closely followed with a time of 20.31, while Yohan Blake finished with a time of 20.35. These impressive performances set the stage for an exhilarating final on Sunday.